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Heritage of THE TAOIST CENTRE IN LONDON

Photo showing the genealogy of the Lishi Taoist Centre arts in London.

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Mythology


‍8 Immortals Penglai
‍Earl of Wind
Lightening
Lightening
Lord of Rain
‍Penglai Pavilion Shandong
Thunder
‍Zhang Guolao, The Daoist Immortal ridings his donkey backwards. Look back to go forwards.






Mythology

1920's


Old Implements
Old Wushu
Stepney causeway Children's Home London East end.
‍Weihai 1924
Weihai 1927






1920's

2007

Abbot Zhao
Albert Hall
2007

2008

‍London summer school
‍London summer school
London summer school Daoist Masters
‍London summer school
Somerset house
2008

2009

‍California UC Davis
China April
London Learning Revolution Confucius Institute for TCM Southbank Wellbeing week
‍London Learning Revolution Confucius Institute for TCM Southbank
‍London Learning Revolution Confucius Institute for TCM Southbank
2009

1930's

Conway Hall where Chee Soo held his london classes
Red Lion Square
‍Red Lion Square
Weihai 1905 British links
Weihai 1930s chamber of commerce
Weihai ancestory
‍Weihai ancestory
‍Weihai ancestory
Weihai UK link
Weihai villagers 1902
1930's

1940's

Chee Soo military medal
Chee army
1940's

1954

China 2008 Weihai fishing boats
Fishing boats
Weihai 1903
Weihai island
Weihai Liugong Island history navel
1954

1970's

Carlton demo London
Carlton demo London
Carlton demo London
Carlton demo London
Carlton London fight
Carltons Avengers newspaper cutting
Chee Soo & Desmond Murray
Chee Soo Avengers
Type image captionChee Soo Avengers here (optional)
Chee Soo early
‍Chee Soo early
Chee Soo in Hyde Park London 1977
Chee Soo self defence booklet
‍Chee Soo
1970's

1980's

1989 Lyon Laoba and Alex
Alex early demo Leeds Town Hall and hangzhou twinning ceremony
Alex Lyon
Alex Lyon with Laoba
Chee Soo early
1980's

1990's

Chee Soo passed on August 29th 1994
Leeds 1990s
1990's

1997+

2003 - China The Journey
Albert Hall
1997+

2004+

Albert Hall
CCPC visitors from Weihai at St James's Palace July 2006
‍China visits - Li River
‍Chinese Wushu Assoc visit UK 2006
‍Chinese Wushu London 2006
‍Chinese Wushu London 2006
‍Chinese Wushu visit uk 2006
‍Chinese Wushu visit uk 2006
‍LLA charity constituted 2006
‍UBG London Fields 2006
2004+

2010

Brighton
‍Confucus Institute for TCM 2010
‍Confucus Institute for TCM 2010
‍Confucus Institute for TCM 2010
‍Confucus Institute for TCM 2010
Confucus Institute for TCM 2010 area course
Lishi in the Park
London Lishi time for Tai Chi

2010

2011

‍ST Gabriel's CHi Shu acrobatics 2011 summer school
UC Davis
‍UC Davis
Yorkshire Dance
Yorkshire Dance Alex Rolling
‍Yorkshire Dance
2011

2012

Lishi embodied system
Somerset house
Time for tai chi
‍Time for tai chi
2012

2013

Abbot Zhao London
‍Confucius Institute Chinese New Year
‍Confucius Institute performance Chinese new year
‍Goldsmiths Yang Yu Bing July circle
Goldsmiths Yang Yu Bing July frog
Goldsmiths Yang Yu Bing July Tom
‍Prof Kang Leeds Trinity
‍Residential at Leeds Trinity Uni
2013

2014

Acting workshop
‍Acting workshop
‍China yinyang
Foundation Degree Leeds Trinity Conference
Xmas
2014

2015

‍Hyderabad India
‍Hyderabad India
‍Hyderabad India
‍Oct Wembly Sporting Minds 2 Clark Carlisle
Amsterdam June 2015 with Alex and Scott Philips
‍Victoria Park Actor Training
Xmas meal
China group
‍China group
‍China Liugong Island Alex Laoba
‍London summer school
Group
‍Group
2015

2016

Brighton Alex and Gwyneth
Brighton Alex and Matt
Brighton group
Brighton yoga
Making Intro to Lishi Video ST Gabriels
‍Basque
‍Basque Country with Josune
Basque retreat
‍Basque
‍Basque
‍Basque
Dave Lea group
‍Dave Lea
Dave Lea July
Dave Lea June
Dave Lea London
‍Lincoln with Ron Helen Dips Rajkumar Chandrima Misra - Lishi June 2016 and Tabla
‍Lincoln 
‍Lincoln 

2016

2017

Lishi at Odin Theatre Denmark
Oakland Dylan Thingamajigs Alex Collaboration
Oakland Dylan Thingamajigs Alex Collaboration
California 2017 Taoist Gathering teachers
California 2017 Hapkido school
2017

2018

Gonzalo London Clowning

‍Alex and indigenous dancers from southern Philipine islands - boat people
‍Conference
‍Melissa - Gonzalo weekend 1
‍Melissa - Gonzalo weekend 2
‍Melissa - Gonzaloweekend 3
‍Lishi in Manila - workhop group
2018
A timeline from the mists of mythology to the present day heritage of the Taoist Centre in London
Photo of fishing boats at Wei Hai Wei in the Shandong Province of China from around 1920.

Lishi means Li (or Lee) family system and can be traced back to Ho-Hsieh Lee who was the earliest known practitioner of this system.  He lived
around 1000 BC near Beijing in China where he and his family were practicing Daoists. When he was 54, he and his family resettled in Weihei, which was then known as Wei Hai Wei, a fishing village in the Shandong Provence.  The arts remained in Shandong until 1933, surviving as a family system by being passed from parent to child and evolving and
growing over the years. They were eventually given to Chan Kam Lee, the last person in the Lee family to receive the arts.  Kam Lee was unmarried and had no children. He often lived in London where he started a class in Red Lion Square in Holborn in 1933.

A year later, Chan Kam Lee met Chee Soo in Hyde Park in London when Chee Soo apologised for accidentally hitting Chan Kam Lee in the back with his ball.  They became friends and Chee Soo was invited to join his class.

In the winter of 1953/4 Chan Kam Lee died on a ship that went down near Canton in China and Chee Soo later took over as head of the family.  Before Chee Soo died in 1994, he passed the arts on to Desmond Murray who we call ‘Laoba’, a title that means 'old (wise) man’. Our main
teacher in London is Dr Alex Boyd who has been a student of Desmond Murray since 1984 and has travelled to London to re-establish Lishi here and teach each week for the last 20 years!

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