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What is Lishi ?
There are many answers to the question 'What is Lishi?' but a useful starting point is that Lishi involves moving and exercising your body in a variety of different ways that have proven, positive benefits for your physical, mental and emotional health. In other words, by practising Lishi you become physically, mentally and spiritually fit.
Lishi (pronounced Lee Sher) is an ancient system of practise that contains many secrets that will continually support you to take your health and wellbeing to higher and higher levels.
Everyone who practises Lishi is different but what we have in common is that we want to feel greater levels of health and energy in our bodies because we realise this is the key to improving our life.
The healthier you are and the more energy you have, the more happiness, confidence and well-being you will experience.
Some people come to Lishi because they want to learn Tai Chi, Yoga or Kung Fu, others want to get more flexible, fitter or stronger or simply have a healthier lifestyle.
Others start because they want to feel more confident or want to join a group of interesting and friendly people who are fascinated by an alternative, Taoist approach to life.
Its full name is Weihai Lishi Quanfa (pronounced Way High Lee Sher Chwen Faa).
Weihai is the small fishing village where the system was originally practised by the Li Family who passed it on from generation to generation. The last member of the Li Family, Chan Kam Li traded precious stones and sailed regularly from Weihai to London and it was here that he met and adopted a young Chinese orphan called Chee Soo who became the next inheritor of Lishi.
In the summer of 1934, Chee Soo was invited to Chan Li’s class, and that was the beginning of the training in the vast range of Taoist martial, philosophical, healing and cultural arts that he maintained throughout his life as the President of the International Taoist Society.
Shortly before Chee Soo’s death in 1994 he named Laoba Desmond Murray as his successor to continue the Arts of Lishi.
As the President of the International Taoist Society and Overseas President of the Weihai Wushu Association, Mr Murray remains involved and has forged strong links with the roots of Lishi and with Taoists across China.
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