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Des Lawton

Shiatsu graduation certificate - Des LawtonDes Lawton has been a practising martial artist for over thirty-five years and is, since its inception in 1989, the Principal Instructor of the San Bao Martial Arts School . As well as teaching Taiji, Taiji Quan, Qigong, and Neijia Quan classes in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, he teaches Qigong courses throughout the country.

Des is also in great demand for his work, teaching Taiji and self-defence, both for Community Education projects and within resource groups for people with learning difficulties and special needs. In addition to this he also carries out consultancy work in the field of complementary medicine and stress management. In 1996, after three and a half years of study with the Glasgow School of Shiatsu, Des qualified as a Registered Shiatsu Practitioner (M.R.S.S.). His practice, in East Kilbride, has been successful ever since.


MRSS certificate - Des Lawton

Des Lawton is clearly at the cutting edge of Energy work today, and his sensitivity, humour, and instructional abilities integrate beautifully. This has enabled him to teach at all levels, bringing oriental thoughts & concepts to occidental minds, making these concepts tangible, and demystifying them.

Gary Connor



Des Lawton is now teaching a number of courses and workshops including the Taiji Shibashi Qigong and a Taiji Shibashi Qigong Instructor course.  These, along with the existing self-defence courses and all the classes that he teaches keeps him very busy……………. I don’t think he would like it any other way!  Mind you he still manages to find plenty of time for hill walking (his “me” time) and he is to be seen tramping around on the Scottish mountains while he soaks up the fresh air and qi.