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Lishi at The Taoist Center in Oakland

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Zhi Dao Guan – The Taoist Center

3824 MacArthur Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94619

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Invitation: 'Lishi' Taoist Arts at Oakland's Zhi Dao Guan

April 6-8, 2018 with Dr Alex Boyd.

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Friday Evening (6th) - Introductory Presentation with Talks, Demos and Video - $10

Saturday Afternoon (7th) - Taoist Cultivation, Nourishment and Healing Arts (Tai Chi & Qigong) - $40

Sunday (8th) - Taoist Kung Fu (Morning) and Wrestling & Throwing Arts (Afternoon) - $40 each workshop.

+ + Discounted tickets available for 2 or more workshops

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students and teachers of embodied arts practices and philosophies are invited to an extra-ordinary weekend of Taoist Arts teaching and sharing at The Taoist Center - Zhi Dao Guan - in Oakland, California at the invitation of Sifu Alex Feng (the Founder of the The Taoist Center).

Dr Alex Boyd from the UK is a 6th dengji (degree) level inheritor and teacher of the Daojiao Lishi Quanfa ('Lishi' pronounced Lee-Sher') Taoist Arts system. This little known system arrived in London in 1930 via Chan Kam Lee who was from the Shandong Province in China. You are invited to attend weekend presentations and workshops that Dr Boyd will lead that will focus on specific aspects of Lishi that will compliment or enhance your existing practice or interest. Everyone is welcome to share in this visit!

Friday Evening (6th) - Introductory Presentation with Talks, Demos and Video.

- Friday Evening - from 7.30 until 9pm - 'An introduction to the Daojiao Lishi Quanfa.'


- A presentation evening with talks, images and demonstrations from Dr Alex Boyd and friends. You will learn about the history of Lishi and how it is structured in terms of its Taoist heritage, embodied philosophy and practice PLUS how it is taught to benefit disadvantaged communities in the UK through train-the-trainer.

Saturday Afternoon (7th) - Taoist Cultivation, Nourishment and Healing Arts (Tai Chi & Qigong).

- Saturday Afternoon - from 2pm until 5pm - Taoist Yin Arts

* Jing (Essence), Qi (Energy) and Shen (Spirit) cultivation and nourishment exercises to benefit your health and wellbeing allowing you to replenish your energies and feel renewed;

* Discover your 'whole body' energy-breath through ancient Daoyin exercises that strengthen and harmonise the energy in your inner organs and enhance your external movement;

* Improve your postural alignment and discover how 'muscle change' allows your body-mind to open allowing your energy to flow;

* Learn how to harness, direct and utilise your energies through partner exercises and forms that help transfer your internal practice to benefit your everyday life;

* Discover the Taoist ways of healthy living including how to find the meaning in your practice, how to eat well and how to transmit your energy to help other people.

Sunday (8th) - Taoist Kung Fu (Morning)

- Sunday Morning - from 9.30am - 12.30pm - 'The Taoist Feng Shou 'Hand of the Wind’ (and feet!) Self Defence Arts of Lishi (Yang Arts)'.


A unique opportunity to gain a first hand experience of the many sections and subsections of the hand/arm and foot/leg arts of Lishi. The Yang Arts teach you how to utilise your energy to transform your dynamic physicality and application for self defence. While the the key focus is 'Don't Get Touched' you also learn how to deconstruct the training another person has developed to ensure you 'Uproot Your Partner'!

Sunday (8th) - Taoist Wrestling & Throwing Arts (Afternoon).

- Sunday Afternoon - the 8th April (from 2pm - 5pm) - 'The Taoist Chishu (Locking & Throwing) and Jiaoli (Wrestling) Arts of Lishi (Yin/Yang Arts)'.

These seldom taught 'Harmony Arts' provide expertise in working at close range standing up, on the floor and often upside down! Taught in an incremental way to allow you to find your own level and pace you will learn how to fall and roll from throws and learn how to utilise your breath and energies to counter locks and throws until you 'Don't Get Thrown'!


Considerations and Advisory:

The Friday evening presentation will be mostly non-participatory and suitable for anyone but please do bring some indoor footwear to wear so as to protect the floor at the Zhi Dao Guan. For the events on Saturday and Sunday please wear loose fitting clothing and lightweight indoor footwear. The Saturday event will include physical exercises that are low impact and low intensity but please advise the teacher at the start if you have any particular needs that might affect your participation including if you are pregnant or if you take medication the teacher should know about. The Sunday events will include some self directed moderate to high intensity and impact activities and require a higher level of fitness and physical ability (yet is open to all on an incremental and self selecting basis). It is always advisable to check with your doctor before participating in any form of physical activity.

Please note that photos and videos may be taken in order to document the practice. If you do not wish to be in any photos of videos please inform the organisers at the start of the session. The organisers reserve the right to amend or cancel the events in which case you may apply for a full refund. You are required to purchase a ticket before being admitted to participate in the events. You may purchase tickets online (for discount and reassurance of admittence) or at the door. If you have any enquiries please contact Dr Alex Boyd alex (at) lishi.org

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