What is Lishi?
Lishi (pronounced “Lee” “Sher”), comes from China and is a physical practise of ancient science and philosophy. People who practise Lishi become fitter, healthier and happier.

In class you will be introduced to a wide range of exercises that strengthen different aspects of your mind and body.

You will warm the body up, you will do breathing exercises, you will learn Tai Chi forms, Qigong and Moving Meditation.

You will learn how the flowing movements and philosophy of Daoism can keep you safe by practising Hand of the Wind ‘soft’ Kung Fu.

Every class will be different. Every class will teach you something new. You will feel yourself getting better, becoming more relaxed, calmer, more confident. Your energy levels will rise and you will join a community of other people like you on a similar path. Find A Class Near You

Tai Chi
Lishi Tai ChiLishi Tai Chi is fluid yet precise. You learn to feel your body’s natural energies with the Tai Chi Chuan form and Tai Chi dance. The practice is relaxing and energising at the same time. It leads to inner peace and stability.
In many different partner exercises we discover, in a fun way, how we react to stress and what takes us out of balance and of course, how can we stay in balance and act with more peace and more power. Find A Class Near You

Kung Fu
Feng Shou is Taoist Hand of the Wind Kung Fu. It is the more dynamic component of the Lishi training system. It is used for training coordination, cardio-vascular stamina, presence of mind, precise smooth motion and self-defence. Lishi Kung Fu is never harsh or aggressive. It is soft as the wind, difficult to grasp, and very effective.
In addition to various forms with and without weapons, we work with partners to help improve our understanding of the human body and the flow of energy. The etiquette of how we practise is key and is what stands us apart from other ‘martial arts’. We learn to practise through cooperation and not competition. We do not fight. We do not compete. We do not get injured. Find A Class Near You

Qi Gong
Lishi Tai Chi ChuanThe essence of life is breath. In Lishi we learn how to use the breath to help us concentrate and develop a quiet mind. The practise of Lishi Qi Gong helps you develop “staying power”.
We place a special focus on specific respiratory Lishi Qi Gong and Dao Yin. These therauputic respiratory exercises increase the lung volume and oxygen intake, promote healthy organ function and a stronger cardiovascular system, and they increase your vitality and well-being significantly. Find A Class Near You

Lishi Daoist Yoga
Lishi Daoist Yoga contains dozens of distinct stances and postures and movement sequences that promote relaxation, mindfulness and flexibility. It doesn’t matter whether you are unfit or an olympic athlete, the abilities of each individual are catered for and extended gradually in a natural way. You will achieve a greater flexibility and suppleness and experience the opening of your energy channels releasing a natural flow of vital energy throughout your body. Find A Class Near You

What Does Lishi Look Like?
The video below and the slideshow further down the page give you a glimpse of Lishi. Don’t worry, you won’t be expected to do all of this at your first class :-) but you will be gently introduced to a wide range of exercises that are fun to learn and feel great to practise!

Many people see similarities with Tai Chi, with Yoga or with Kung Fu. But what you are actually seeing is Lishi (pronounced “Lee Sher”). Lishi is meditation in movement, a physical expression of Taoist philosophy and a proven way to have fun, get fitter, become healthier and gain more confidence.

If you want to get a better idea of what Lishi is you can browse the site or enrol on our free “Introduction to Lishi” online course and when you are ready to discover the true depths of what’s on offer here, find a class near you and join other beginners who are already experiencing the benefits of Yoga, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and much much more…. because they practise Lishi.

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Lishi is a mindful exercise system and a physical expression of Taoist philosophy and we hope we’ve made it really easy for you to find out if Lishi is for you.

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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.

Watch the video below to find out more:

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.

You can meet other beginners of Lishi by visiting our Testimonials page to read or listen to what they have to say.

If you are curious about Lishi, the best thing to do is come along to your nearest class. Use our Class Finder to get details of Lishi classes near you.

You can also sign up in the box on the right to receive a 5 week course that includes video tutorials, further information and a free class voucher for you or a friend to get started on your journey into Lishi.


Often, people want to learn about the history of Lishi and where it comes from.

It’s full name is Weihai Lishi Quanfa (prounounced “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 the person who would continue the lineage of Lishi and run the organisation (which is now known as Lishi International).

As the President of Lishi International and Overseas President of the Weihai Wushu Association, he visits regularly and has forged strong links with the roots of Lishi and with Taoists across China. We continue to benefit from this rich history in all our classes.