Shi Ba Shi

Shi Ba Shi (Shibashi) is a Qi Gong created in 1979 by the renowned Professor Lin Housheng, former director of the Shanghai Qigong Research Institute (Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine). The 1st and 2nd sets are most commonly practised, however there are 8 sets altogether. Taiji Qigong Shibashi combines the beauty of Taiji (Tai Chi) movements with the healing effect of Qigong and Meditation. It places emphasis on synchronizing the 18 movements with proper breathing techniques. It is a gentle, flowing Qi Gong exercise routine that is also deeply relaxing.

Tai Chi Qi Gong Shibashi is designed to improve the internal and external health and well-being of the practitioner. The gentle rocking motions and stretching movements improve circulation and digestion. The chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma. The body and arm movements aid in improving posture and balance. The overall effect of the exercise is to reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body. This Qigong is very effective and easy to learn.
Each movement is preformed 3, 4, 6 or 8 times:

Set 1

Start in the Wuji position
Set 1. Diagram courtesy of www.everyday-taichi.com
  1. Raise the arms
  2. Open the chest
  3. Paint a rainbow
  4. Part the clouds
  5. Rolling arms
  6. Row the boat
  7. Lift the ball
  8. Look at the moon
  9. Twist waist and push with palm
  10. Cloud hands
  11. Scoop the sea and look at the sky
  12. Push the waves
  13. Flying dove spreads its wings
  14. Punching
  15. Flying goose
  16. Turn the wheels
  17. Stepping to bounce the ball
  18. Balance the Qi
Finish in the Wuji position

Set 2

Start in the Wuji position
  1. Regulating the Qi
  2. Moving the Qi along the Microcosmic Orbit
  3. Wind Blowing in the Willows
  4. Searching for Needles in the Sea
  5. Fisherman Casting Net
  6. Immortal Pointing the Way
  7. Mischievous Boy Kicking his Legs
  8. Holy Crane Worshiping the Moon
  9. Yellow Dragon Pushing Out with Claws
  10. Pulling the Bow to Shoot the Eagle
  11. Twin Dragons Emerging from the Sea
  12. Crossing the Wild Blue Ocean
  13. Lion Playing with Ball
  14. Embracing the Moon at Dan Tian
  15. Phoenix Spreading it's Wings
  16. Striking Opponents Ears
  17. Circling the Qi around the Dan Tian
  18. Collecting the Qi
Finish in the Wuji position

Set 1 & 2 Videos

The following two videos have text and audio prompts, and are in mirror image.


ShiBashi Set 1 - TaiChiOz


ShiBashi Set 2 - TaiChiOz


Other Set 1 Videos

The version below from Perth Taichi Academy has an excellent commentary.
It features 6 repetitions of each movement and movements 11, 12 & 13 are done to both sides.


Perth Taichi Academy: 18 Taiji Qigong



Master Wing Cheung performing Tai Chi Qi Gong Shibashi


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