Qigong  Teacher Training Course commencing 

                                      May & November 2020


Qigong Teacher Training


Run by the Ireland Health Qigong Association, the official body for the promotion of health qigong by the World Health Qigong Federation. This course will give anyone with an interest in learning and teaching Qigong the chance to become a qualified instructor.

It can be used as a stand alone teaching qualification or as an addition to those already working within holistic, health care and professional organisations. The course takes between 6-18 months to complete.



The practice of Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) uses simple movements, and sometimes sounds, to help the body realign itself physically and emotionally.  These low impact exercises are suitable for all ages giving participants their own individual health benefits.  All Qigong practices focus on the internal workings of the body (internal organs, bones, tendons, energy channels) as well as the external (muscles, skin and sense organs).

Usually practiced as a sequenced set of movements, they are highly enjoyable to teach as well as practice, reinvigorating the body and mind.


Over two instructor only training weekends and a minimum of four workshops you will be given the training and skills covering;

  • Qigong movements / forms

  • Theory / Methodology

  • Acupoints & Meridian Theory

  • Class structures

  • Teaching Methods

  • Personal practice and development



This instructor only training weekends will be held in the Auburn Lodge Ennis on the following dates:


               Contact John for details

To become a qualified instructor you must attend a minimum two of the above weekends.  As well as this you must attend at least four workshops being run by the association.  The workshops will help ensure your level of Qigong is at the required standard and also give you experience in and actual teaching environment.

While previous experience is not essential, dedication and regular practice at home are required for you to complete this course.

There are three Qigong forms we specialize in and you will need to be proficient in at least one of these;


The Wu Qin Xi (Five Animals Qigong) is an example of one of the Qigong forms we teach,

















The other forms are the Liu Zi Jue (Healing Sounds) & the Ma Wang Dui.  Workshops and classes are ongoing throughout the year and DVDs/books/Youtube clips are also available.

Newly qualified instructors will be awarded one of the following teaching certificates as issued by the Ireland Health Qigong Association (the official body of the World Health Qigong Federation in Ireland);










                        Foundation;   Warm-up & 1 Qigong form

                        Level 1;       Warm-up & 2 Qigong forms

                        Level 2;       Warm-up & 3 Qigong forms

The cost is  €995 for two weekends (paid for in advance).  A minimum deposit of €200 required to book place (non-refundable).

The workshops are to paid for separately. The qualification is issued on an ongoing assessment basis once the training is completed.  An instructor certificate and instructor t-shirt are also included.

A minimum of two instructor weekends, plus four separate one day workshops must be attended within an 18 month period for a valid instructor certification to be issued

(Instructors already qualified are welcome to attend the training at a rate of €110 per day (€200 for 2 days) with additional assessment fee of €100 if they wish to upgrade their certification.)



What previous participants had to say;



      “I loved this course and it’s already started healing me”, Janine

                 “I never thought I would enjoy it so much!”, Susan

      “I benefited personally and can’t wait to put it into practice”, Angela

           “I know this course has been literally life changing”, William




Please contact either John or Kevin directly to apply for a place on the course.


John Collins – 0868377147 / irelandtiachi@hotmail.com

Kevin Copeland – 0860535513 / claretaichi@gmail.com





John Collins 4th Duan Wei – Head Instructor Ireland Tai Chi Association


A journey to China 14 years ago ignited a passion for tai chi and qigong. Having trained in other martial arts for over 10 years, tai chi was that missing piece of the puzzle he was searching for.

His passion and dedication to training gained him one of the highest honours in Chen Tai Chi to be accepted as a direct student of the current family representative Grand Master Chen Zhenglei – the only Irish person to have received this honour and is also a senior indoor student of Grandmaster Liming Yue.

John travels to China regularly to improve his knowledge of tai chi and qigong and is currently undertaking instructors training in dim mak, with Sifu Steve Burton to complement the deeper understanding of Tai Chi.


Kevin Copeland 2nd Duan Wei – Senior Instructor Ireland Tai Chi & Qigong Association


A chance meeting with John Collins 11 years ago led Kevin to his first experience with Tai Chi. Since then Kevin has gone on to be accepted as a student of Grand Master Liming Yue as well as gaining Duan Wei 2nd class for Tai Chi as well as 3rd Duan Wei in Qigong, for which he also represented Ireland in international competition. Like John, Kevin’s commitment to training and teaching has led him on a journey he wishes to share with anyone interested in experiencing the life enhancing qualities regular Tai Chi & Qigong practice can give.

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