Shibashi simply means ’18 movements’ in Chinese, and consist of qigong exercises, inspired by tai chi, created and developed by Lin Housheng.
The practice of qigong and shibashi can be adapted to the sitting position if required.
Short history on Lin Housheng:
Lin Housheng was born in China in 1939.
When fifteen, he began studying with a Southern Shaolin monk.
Lin Housheng graduated at Shanghai Physical Education University in 1964, in aquatic sports and Wushu (martial arts/Kung Fu).
In 1979, Lin Housheng combined elements of qigong and, modified and simplified Yang style tai chi to create the first set of eighteen movements of Shibashi.
The second set was created in 1988, based with elements from Chen style tai chi and tai chi sword. (Other sets were later created in the 1990’s and in the new century).
As well as in China, Lin Housheng has travelled world wide promoting shibashi, especially in South-east Asia countries, such as Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and also in the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, etc. Currently, over 10 million people around the world are practising shibashi exercises. Even some South-east Asian countries are promoting shibashi as a national health exercise.
In 1989 Lin Housheng came to the United States to participate in a research project at the University of San Diego. In 2010, he became a United States citizen.