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What is in a Name?

I am often asked for a list of the names of the 18 movements of Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi

There is a bit of a story behind this. I hope the explanation will alleviate any confusion. I began practicing Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi over a decade ago. I am still thankful for being introduced to this amazing qigong form. When I began to learn the movements the names that I first became aware of for each movement are the ones here. They speak to me of the connection to nature and how many of the practices of qigong are replicated from observing the natural environment. I enjoy using them. 

When I started to teach I abbreviated some of the movement names occasionally for practical reasons. You will notice that I use the abbreviations sometimes when teaching, and that they are at times on the videos. If you would like to receive a link the video send me a message [here

When I began studying with Master Cheung I noticed that he taught some of the movements with different names completely or with slight differences. These are the names in parenthesis in the list below. I use these names for the Comprehensive Instructor Training as the curriculum is based on Master Cheung’s fabulous work. You can purchase Master Cheung's study materials [here]

As I consider the Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi to be an art form or an expressive movement form I encourage you to find what speaks to you. As you practice the movements notice how you experience them. What is the energy of each movement? Is there a sense of a deeper shift in your energy with certain movements? How does that change over time? If you were to rename a movement based on your present personal experience what name would you use? 

Having said all that there is a definite advantage to using the names as a learning tool. Here is my favourite list. I hope this list helps ease your ability to recall the movements as you become more familiar with this beautiful form of qigong. 

Waving Hands by the Sea  (Commencing Form)
Expanding Chest on Mountain Top  (Opening One's Chest)
Painting the Rainbow (Dancing with Rainbows)

Parting the Clouds (Circling Arms)
Weaving Silk in the Air (Twisting Waist and Swing Arms)
Rowing a Boat
Holding A Ball
Gazing at the Moon (Carrying the Moon)
Pushing Palm (Twisting Waist and Pushing Hands)
Cloud Hands (Playing with Clouds)
Scooping the Sea and Viewing the Sky (Scooping the Sea) 
Rolling with Waves (Playing with Waves)
Spreading Your Wings
Dragon Emerging from the Sea (Punching)
Wild Goose Flying (Flying like a Goose)
Windmill Turning in the Breeze (Spinning Wheels)
Child Bouncing a Ball (Bouncing a Ball)
Grounding and Centering (Pressing Palms)

Keep practicing and letting your experience evolve. 

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