Embodied Daoist Exercise
Get rid of stress and learn to relax whilst getting fit and strong. Lishi helps build confidence, communication and leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment. An ancient Daoist art and science based on the principles of Yin and Yang, Lishi teaches the cultivation and utilisation of the body's natural energy, or Qi. In class we practice the Yin arts, which consist of slow, soft movements to nourish the body and mind, and the Yang arts, which use the energy developed in the Yin arts in a faster, more dynamic way.
What can I learn?
- Daoist Tai Chi forms including the Square Yard and Flying Hands
- Daoist Yoga to open up the meridians
- Breathing exercises for good health and energy cultivation
- Qi Gong to become aware of and direct your intrinsic energy
- Kung Fu for dynamic and effective self-defence
- Acrobatics to develop balance, coordination and confidence
Check out our Youtube channel for some more inspiration!
The full name of the system is Weihai Lishi Quanfa and in China it was previously practiced and passed on in secret. The Li family, who were the keepers of these arts, moved to Weihai on the eastern tip of Shandong province, around two millenia ago. However, the origins of Lishi stretch back even further into the past.
Chan Kam Li, the last member of the Li family with knowledge of the arts, was a gem merchant who sailed between Weihai, Hong Kong and London. He started a class in London in the 1920s, where he later met and adopted an orphaned Chinese boy by the name of Chee Soo, who was to become the next inheritor of Lishi.
In the summer of 1934, Chee Soo began his training in the wide range of Daoist martial, philosophical, healing and cultural arts. He inherited these arts in their entirety and taught and promoted them for the rest of his life. Chee Soo was a renowned and celebrated master, one of the first to teach a traditional Chinese family system to Westerners.
Shortly before Chee Soo’s death in 1994, he named the next inheritor of Lishi. The current grandmaster lives in Leeds and has forged strong links with the roots of Lishi and with Daoists across China.
Monday 4 - 5 pm Room 6 (Health/Wellbeing class; Pay As You Feel)
Monday 6 - 7.15 pm Wrangthorn Church Hall, Hyde Park LS6 (student members pay £12 for 4 sessions)
------ Monday classes in Wrangthorn Church Hall will continue to run through the summer holidays ------
Tuesday 3 – 5 pm Jade Studio (included in membership)
Friday 2.30 – 4 pm Room 6 (included in membership)
GIAG Sessions (September 2017)
Tai Chi - Wednesday 27th October 2.30 - 4 pm Room 6
Dao Yoga - Tuesday 17th October 3 - 5 pm Jade Studio
Soft Kung Fu - Friday 6th October 2.30 - 4 pm Room 6
Courses and Events
Leeds Uni Lishi Society Day Courses
Available to all university students, as well as young people aged 25 and under.
£5 for your first 3 classes and/or
£29 for annual membership including all classes for the year
(or £3 per class)
What should I wear?
Loose clothes you will feel comfortable exercising in e.g. trainers, tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt.
All of our classes are covered comprehensively by insurance.
"Having spent quite some years in a dance environment, I was looking for something to replace that, without putting the impact on my joints dance had.
I was quite surprised how I felt after taking my first Lishi Tai Chi class. Firstly, I felt exuberant and I was surprised how flowing the Lishi was, while still giving a gentle but deep muscle workout. My body felt loose and warmed up afterwards. Spiritually, I felt free and relaxed and I would recommend the experience to everyone."
"Since starting the classes I feel so much more relaxed. Even when exam time came I was able to keep calm and perform at my best"
"I've met such a fun bunch of people at the classes and it's really opened me up to a new way of thinking that has helped me feel a lot happier"