Free training – become a Tai Chi Instructor and improve the health of older people in your community

Would you like to join a free training in Tai Chi to become an instructor of Tai Chi Shibashi, to improve your health and help others? Paul Hodge from Tai Chi for Better Health,, a charity which promotes Tai Chi is offering training in Bristol in partnership with Friends Ageing Better a project of Age UK Bristol. It’s open to anyone interested in learning this basic sequence of Shibashi Tai Chi to then take into their community and teach to others. The training involves six 2 hour session over 6 weeks, plus a one day workshop and a written assignment.  The training is likely to start in March 2019 at a Bristol Central venue to be confirmed.

To find out more please contact [email protected]

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is designed to help to improve mental health and physical wellbeing.

Qigong means ‘energy exercise’ and Shibashi means 18 movements.

This form of exercise is found to improve health and wellbeing and is a discipline that involves the mind, breath and movement to create a calm, natural balance of energy.

It helps to loosen and strengthens joints and muscles, rejuvenates body, mind and spirit, improves concentration and intuitive abilities as well as helping with blood pressure problems and improving balance.

The gentle rocking and stretching movements helps toward improving circulation and digestion, the chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma with the overall effect helping to improve core strength. It helps people in many ways but for older people is known to reduce the risk of falls.

The programme can provide both standing and seated versions of Tai Chi. 

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