Acupuncture Shakuju

Shakuju Seminar

Shakuju Therapy Acupuncture Seminar with Shoji Kobayashi Sensei

Kobayashi Sensei

Please join us for three days in San Francisco for a Shakuju Therapy seminar with internationally renowned teacher, Master Shoji Kobayashi Sensei, and his advanced teachers from Japan. Translation by Stephen Brown, L.Ac.

Lobby of the Hotel Kabuki
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco, California

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-30, 2017

Early Bird Tuition: (by March 1, 2017) $620 online or $600 cash or check
Regular Tuition: (after March 1, 2017) $675 online or $655 cash or check

Unlicensed Acupuncture Students (please include copy of your student ID)
Early Bird Tuition:
(by March 1, 2017) $520 online or $500 cash or check
Regular Student Tuition: (after March 1, 2017) $575 online or $555 cash or check

CA 24 CEU's


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The seminar is currently FULL!

As of March 1st the shakuju workshop is completely full and we are no longer taking registrations. If you'd like to be put on a waitlist in case a spot opens up, please email

About the Seminar

Shakuju Association

Shakuju Therapy (SJT) is an approach founded on Oriental philosophy and based on the Qi paradigm.  It evaluates Shakuj and Ju, deep and superficial accumulations of the abdomen as the primary source of diagnostic information, whereby all illness is treated as Qi or Jing-qi deficiency, deviation and stagnation. They are referred to as reference points when diagnosed and treated. The ultimate cause of illness is understood to be fundamental cold or Hie, and treatment consists of moving Qi in the body to eradicate internal cold. The term Hie relates to tight, tender painful areas that are palpable not only in the abdomen but also in the whole body associated with Yin and Yang influences. The object of SJT is to tonify Jing-qi, the vital force, in order to eliminate symptoms. Shakuju Therapy is a non-insertive technique using one needle to treat all conditions and is a highly effective treatment for all illnesses including trauma, children and elderly patients.

Visit for more information. Suggested reading: Acupuncture Core Therapy Shakuju Chiryo by Shoji Kobayashi.

Instructor Bio


Master Shoji Kobayashi Sensei was born in Tokyo, Japan. In 1969 he graduated from Toyo Acupuncture College, and in 1972 he graduated from Tokyo Kyoiku University with a degree in Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Teacher Training. He opened Taishido Acupuncture Clinic in 1972, and continues to practice from his new clinic at home in Komae, Tokyo. In 1972, he began teaching at Kanto Acupuncture College in 1976. In 1980 Kobayashi Sensei developed Shakuju-kai, which is now one of the foremost acupuncture modalities in Japan. He currently serves as the President of the Shakuju Therapy Association.

Seminar Schedule

Friday, April 28th, 2017
Beginner Shakuju Therapy
8:30 am – 5 pm
Registration - 7:30 am - 8:00 am

This class is designed for both novice and experienced practitioners alike. Sensei’s morning lecture outlines the fundamental basics of SJT. The afternoon training provides students with the subtleties of using a Shakuju and Teishin needle, locating reference points, contact needling, pulse diagnosis and adjustment. It is designed for practitioners learning this non-insertive method. This first day also provides a “refresher” tutorial for those who have taken SJ classes previously and need more supervised practice time with teachers one to one.

Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Introductory Shakuju Therapy
9:00 am – 5 pm

The morning lecture continues the discussion of the basic theories, and outlines the treatment forms and sequences. Participants will practice abdominal diagnosis, contact needling, dorsal diagnosis and the use of Form 1 and 4 for treatment. The techniques learned on this day will provide practitioners the ability to perform a root treatment.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Advanced Shakuju Therapy
9:00 am – 5 pm

During the morning lecture, Kobayashi Sensei discusses further refinement of diagnostic skills and advanced treatment options. His presentation will include information on the Conception and Governing Vessels for a deeper understanding of their role in SJT and their applications for treatment. The afternoon session will provide more one to one practice for students to complete a SJ treatment.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be ready to:

  • Demonstrate basic root treatment with Shakuju and Teishin needles
  • Apply methods for diagnosing the sho using the abdomen and pulse adjustment
  • Use non-insertive techniques such as contact needling
  • Include a supplemental treatment for local application

Teachers working on students

Location and Accommodations

This seminar will be held at the Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel in Japantown, 1625 Post St., San Francisco, California.

Guest Room Accommodations

Rooms at the Hotel Kabuki

There are a limited number of rooms reserved at the discounted rate of $229, not included taxes, so make reservations early. These group rates will be offered three days before and three days after the class. It is possible to share a room up to three people for an extra charge of $25.00 per person. Send an email to for information. Use this link to book online and receive an early discounted rate, or call 800.533.4567 and ask for the Shakuju Acupuncture Association rate.

Parking in the City

Hotel Kabuki offers a discounted rate with Japantown Center Garage (enter at Post Street) of $23.00 for daily parking. This does not include the privilege of leaving and re-entering the garage. If that is your preference, it is better to pay the $3.00 hourly rate. The garage is large so be sure to park in the spaces designated for Hotel Kabuki. Elevators will take you directly to the guestroom floors.


Please direct Questions & Comments to:

Tisha Mallon, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac

(415) 378-3039


  • Before March 29th – full refund
  • After April 1st – 75%
  • After April 14 – no refund

There will be an additional 2.75% fee charged on all credit card transactions.

If choosing Paypal for payment, include your license number for NCCAOM and/or CA. in the additional notes on Paypal registration page to receive credits for the class.

If paying via check, make checks payable to Shakuju Acupuncture. On a separate piece of paper, include your full name, mailing address, email address, phone and license number to complete your registration. Mail your check to:

Tisha Mallon
775 E. Blithedale #187
Mill Valley, CA, 94941

You will be notified via email when payment has been received and your registration is complete.

The teachers from Japan are offering treatments to participants of the class after Friday and Saturday classes. Payment can be made at Friday registration or Saturday morning before class.

A teacher and student

Class size will be limited to ensure personal attention during the practical sessions. Register early to reserve your seat. This class usually fills by early bird discount.

Conference Tips

Wear appropriate clothing for practicing and receiving treatments, i.e. be able to expose up to the knees, elbows, abdomen, and back areas. Remove jewelry and watches. Bring warm clothing for classroom hours as air-conditioning can be an issue. Bring your own bottled water. Water will be provided, but it is not purified.

Please use credit cards, cash or checks for supply purchases such as needles, marking pens, Kobayashi Sensei’s textbook, DVDs, etc.

Acupuncture Core Therapy by Shoji Kobayashi is recommended reading for the class. It can be purchased at There will be several available at the class.

There will be electronic handouts for the seminar emailed one month prior to the class. If you cannot download and print, let me know. You may use your devices if you do not want to print the material.

We use special Shakuju needles that can be purchased at the class. If you need more in the future, you can order them from HELIO SUPPLY at 800 672-2726 or

Testimonials From 2016 Class at the Kabuki Hotel

"My experience at the seminar was sublime. I was nervous, but the minute Kobayashi Sensei put his hands on me, I felt calm. His hands were very warm, soft and his moves were precise. Following my treatment, I felt clear, calm and balanced. I have suffered from cold hands and feet for several years following cancer treatments. I have not had cold hands and feet since my one treatment! Wish I could see Master Kobayashi Sensei regularly." - Rod

Rod receiving a treatment from Kobayashi Shoji Sensei

"I have been having problems with carpal tunnel in my right arm for quite some time. My fingers would be stuck to my palms in the morning. After the treatment, I had no problems for several months. Directly after the treatment I felt wonderful and took the deepest nap I have ever taken. This feeling of relief stayed with me for many weeks afterwards. Would love to see him again anytime." - Michael

Michael receiving a treatment from Kobayashi Shoji Sensei


Scholarships are given to a first time student with financial difficulties for the three day SJT seminar. There are four available applications. Those interested may apply by emailing for further information.

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2016 Shakuju Serminar Class Photo