Desmond Murray is the President of the International Daoist Society and the overseas president of the Weihai Wu Shu Association of Shangdong province, China, and was a senior student of Chee Soo for many years. Chee Soo spread the practice of Chinese Daoist movement in Europe from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Mr Murray now exchanges training with many practitioners in China.
Mr Murray is the senior teacher of the Weihai Lishi Quanfa, an ancient Daoist practice that retains the characteristics of a full family system. Elements include daoyin (Daoist breathing techniques), Kaimen, T’aiji, Flying Hands form, Adhering/whirling hands, Whirling arms, Qigong, Dynamic foot/leg and hand work, Hand of the Wind partner work, joint manipulation, Stick and Staff forms, Sword and Sabre forms, Silk and Fan forms.
Mr. Murray is also the Principal of The College of Chinese Physical Culture which has helped thousands of people to improve the quality of their lives, develop new skills that make them more employable, gain qualifications where they had none, and improve their health and well-being. Their website is http://www.collegeofcpc.org.uk/index.htm
Desmond Murray will be joined by senior students and College faculty Alex Boyd, Clive Nunnington and Claire Scollan.
Neat! So what's happening?
UC Davis Department of Theatre & Dance offers workshops on “Lishi and Traditional Chinese Movement” presented by visiting artist Desmond Murray from January 25-30, 2010 at the University Club. Hosted by the Department of Theatre & Dance and the College of Chinese Physical Culture in Europe, the workshops teach interactive exercises for healthier, less stressful and more balanced lives, as well as some specific instruction in Chinese Daoist movement forms.
The workshops are free of charge and open to the public. Guests may attend single or multiple sessions. Since most of these events will be at the University Club (see map below) please wear soft soled non-marking shoes. Don't forget to bring snacks (and water!) for breaks and lunch, and wear comfortable clothes for movement.
Here are some classes that will be available to all:
- Friday, January 29, 2010: 12:30pm - 3:00pm @ University Club (FREE)
- Saturday, January 30, 2010: 9:00am - 12:00pm @ University Club (For those who with some experience) (FREE)
- Saturday, January 30, 2010: 2:00pm - 4:00pm @ Davis Arts Centre (For a small fee.)