Study Guide for Unit 6

In this unit you will be comparing conventional exercise systems with that of Shibashi.

By using the knowledge gained from the first 5 study guides, you will already have most of the information that is required, but an internet search will come up with extra information that you might want to include.

This link that talks about Tai Chi will provide you with some information and many others can be found by doing a search for
"Benefits of Tai Chi over normal exercise". Remember that you need to compare Shibashi with conventional exercise systems and not Tai Chi though. There are of course similarities and overlaps.


 The information below is taken from Master Wing Cheung's Shibashi Qigong Newsletter - Issue V.10 Summer 2008.


Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi as an Aerobic Exercise

There are many benefits in practicing Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi. Besides the obvious benefits, like the balance of Yin and Yang, increase overall qi level, clear blockages in the meridians, … etc., practicing Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi also has the benefits of aerobic exercise.

Aerobic exercise refers to exercise that involves or improves oxygen consumption by the body. Its benefits are widely known. For low intensity aerobic exercise (50%-65% of your maximum heart rate*), it can improve overall fitness, reduce stress, decrease body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Slightly higher intensity aerobic exercise, (65%-80% of your maximum heart rate) is ideal for training your cardiovascular system and developing local muscle strength and increase stamina. Blood supply is increased through the new growth of blood vessels to the affected area. This provides more nutrients to the working muscles and helps take metabolic wastes from the muscles. With the increase in blood volume the cardiac muscle becomes larger, increasing the amount of blood pumped per heart beat. This means a lower heart rate at rest and more efficient recovery.

* Your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) = 220 – Your Age
Our research has found that when performing the 1st Set Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, the heart rate generally fall into the 50% to 70% range of your MHR, some call this range ‘The Healthy Heart Zone’ which is very good for weight control, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol.


If you need help with this unit please do not hesitate to contact your tutor.