Shibashi set two is a qigong set of 18 moves, simple to learn and perform but extremely effective for improving health. This set follows on from the previous set and you will see some commonality between them if you have studied the previous set.
The sets were developed by Chinese master Lin Hou Sheng and comprise movements taken from qigong and mainly Yang style tai chi forms. They each have specific functions to improve qi movement around the meridians, thereby improving health and preventing illness in the same way as acupuncture.
The course is easy to follow via video and spoken narrative, with slow motion for more difficult aspects of the movement (where appropriate). The set can be learnt fairly quickly, however the student must practise regularly to improve the effectiveness of each movement.
People learn qigong for a variety of reasons; mostly because they already have a condition that they wish to help improve, but in reality it works as a preventative system of simple exercise that relaxes the body and mind, without the hard work and exhaustion of other exercise programmes.
For the less able, it can also be performed seated. Students are advised to seek advice from their GP before taking up any form of new exercise programme, however the majority of GP's advise their patients to start practise of tai chi (qigong) as it is recognised as a good way to exercise safely.
In this first lecture you can meet the course tutor and designer, Andy Wright. You'll see and hear about his life and work, with testimonials from real people/students (he teaches classes daily as well as on line). His work encompasses teaching in NHS hospitals as well as Sport Centres and for charitable organisations such as Parkinson Society and MS Society.
In 2014 he had major back surgery that did not go right, and subsequently could not WALK and working was nearly impossible. But his recovery was entirely due to diligent practise of qigong daily and now, 2 years later, he is able to ditch the rollators and wheelchairs for a single stick. The prognosis is not good, because it is likely that he now requires another operation due to loosening screws causing pain.
Welcome to Shibashi Qigong Set Two. I was introduced to this series by my Shiatsu instructor Chris Jarmey. It formed an important part of our energy warm up and fitness routine before treatment of clients.
Simple to learn and practise, you should make time everyday to run through the 18 moves, performing 6 or 12 of each move.
In this lecture we'll show you a very brief overview of the history and benefits of practising Shibashi.
REGULATING THE QI
Movement One is the opening gambit of the set. The similarities to first moves of previous and future sets can be seen clearly in the form itself, drawing energy up from the earth.
ZHOU TIAN CIRCLES (microcosmic orbit)
Movement Two has connections with the "microcosmic orbit", following the pathways of the REN and DU meridians that run up and down the centre line of the whole body, from head to perineum. Aim to move energy along this line, using your thoughts.
WIND BLOWING THE WILLOWS
Movement Three is a very beautiful move, which forces relaxation into your form. Having a wider stance with bigger movements will ensure the physical aspects of performing qigong are not neglected.
SEARCHING FOR NEEDLES
Movement Four is challenging for the fact that it encompasses physical stances not before encountered in set one. The essential nature of being mindful, allows many fold energy meridians to be included in this movement, for example, bladder, liver, stomach, and more.
FISHERMAN CASTING THE NET
Movement Five is all about casting the net wide and round, in the real life scenario of fishing. The documentary TV channels are good for showing the exact actions required for Chinese fishing on their programmes about the traditional Chinese people. The net in question is 3-4 foot in diameter, and thrown aside a narrow boat in which the operator stands.
IMMORTAL POINTING THE WAY
Movement Six is the first of the more challenging moves in this set. The combination of arms and cross-legged stances, will require attention and practise.
MISCHIEVIOUS BOY KICKS OUT HIS LEGS
Movement Seven - be aware of your balance as you perform the move.
HOLY CRANE WORSHIPS THE MOON
Movement Eight, the second of the more challenging moves, involving a cross-legged stance combined with arm movements.
YELLOW DRAGON PUSHES OUT WITH CLAWS
Movement Nines requires a wide stance with knee bending to a comfortable level, ensuring the back is straight and upright.
PULL THE BOW, SHOOT THE EAGLE
Movement Ten resounds a set one's "paint the rainbow" and "parting the clouds" joint effort.
DRAGONS EMERGING FROM THE SEA
Movement Eleven will have resonance with people who know about yoga, because there are influences here. Watch your balance as you move forward/down.
CROSSING THE WILD BLUE OCEAN
Movement Twelve draws on two concepts; pushing the waves and moving side to side. This is a lot of foot shifting in this move, so make observations of the demonstration and how to move the feet.
LION PLAYING WITH A BALL
Movement Thirteen is seemingly and unexplainably difficult for beginners to master, so make diligent practise time for this one.
EMBRACE THE MOON
Movement Fourteen is the next version of set one's gazing at the moon, but an easier version due to less rotations. This one is performed towards 9 and 3 o'clock, rather than the usual 8 and 4 o'clock.
PHEONIX SPREADS ITS' WINGS
Movement Fifteen is the next version of set one's flying goose. This one is performed towards 10 and 2 o'clock, but without moving the feet.
PUNCHING THE TIGER'S EARS
Movement Sixteen introduces the concept of alternate stepping. The arms should be rounded with the fists at head height and shoulder width, with fist backs facing inwards, such as the way the horns of a bull look.
CIRCLING THE QI AT DANTIAN
Movement Seventeen should be performed in a wider stance and make the rotations as large as you can, and ensure the circles move both directions.
CLOSING FORM (COLLECTING THE QI)
Movement Eighteen is the last of the set, and ensures you finish the 18 moves as calmly as possible; drawing energy back down towards the earth.
Here's a quick quiz to help you achieve your goal of understanding this set
This resource has some useful background information regarding qigong and the practise thereof
To study the correct breathing methods for qigong practise.
My name is Andy Wright and I live in Wiltshire (UK). In 1961 I was born with a condition called cerebral palsy. For quite a number of years the condition was the focus of attention for professionals and the like. Until the age of 8 I was reliant upon a wheel chair for mobility but crawled around on my hands and knees in the house.
When I joined the Scouts I was inspired to get up and walk; having seen the other kids having fun, running around and enjoying themselves. My aim was to walk a few feet (literally) to collect my Christmas present from the School Santa. I don't remember too much about it, but I have been back to the school and noticed the distance was only 6-10 feet. However, it led on to other things... Karate training was responsible for improving my balance and coordination.
Formal education was achieved at Claremont School in Bristol until the age of 11 years and subsequently at Thomas Delarue School in Kent.
After leaving school at 16 years I had a years' worth of work experience followed by 10 months of paid employment. I spent the next 8 years unemployed although I had many social activities going on such as mobile disco DJ, War Gaming enthusiast, CB Radio operator and from about 1986 budding software author (following my purchase of the ZX Spectrum 128k).
In 1989 I started work as a computer software programmer for Avon Tyres and spent a fantastic 5 years developing Quality Assurance applications on the Amstrad 1640.
In 1989 i qualified as a black belt in karate, after training for 4 years and doing regular gradings. Shortly after, 1990, I opened up my own club teaching karate to anyone who wanted to learn, until by 1995 I had a 250+ student base and was travelling the world teaching.
The next position was for Wiltshire Council Careers Department as a part time Computer Engineer and the plan was that the remaining hours would be used to develop a freelance training business, but after 3 or 4 years it did not really take off.
So, in order to pay the bills the next role (in 1998) was a mobile computer engineer working for a variety of companies including HP & COMPAQ. The job meant travel to Lloyds TSB banks and MG ROVER garages to support staff with hardware and software issues.
In 2004 a chance of redundancy meant a quick change of employer but also a change of role to an employment advisor for Shaw Trust. The job involved working with ex-drugs Users to help them back into work and was funded through DWP.
During the years of 1998 and 2004 I had a lot of interest in various holistic health qualifications and trained in a number of them only to discover later that they were not really for me!
I discovered tai chi chi kung through my Australian visits teaching karate, but also as part of shiatsu training with Chris Jarmey. While I did not finish my shiatsu qualification it was a really good grounding to enable the move towards teaching chi kung. I did other courses and joined the Tai Chi Forum for Heath where I took up the Teacher Training qualification.
During the years of 2004-2009, I slowly developed the demand for sessions starting with the local leisure centres and then local voluntary groups. I did a couple of private sessions but had not developed the necessary skills to make them sustainable and they stopped.
Following an appearance at the 2007 Sport England conference the roller coaster that was teaching tai chi had begun to accelerate towards the eventual goal of full time employment; with engagement by several agencies and voluntary groups around the County to teach sessions on a weekly basis.