STQI Downtown Toronto School
STQI Toronto Testimonials
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I have been a kung fu student of Shi Dao for just under one year now, at the downtown school. I joined because I was always interested in kung fu, and wanted to learn from an authentic Shaolin school and teacher. As I found out, this school is as authentic as you can get!
Dao is a 35th generation disciple of an actual Shaolin monk, and he is very knowledgeable about not only kung fu and qi gong, but also the philosophical, mental and spiritual sides of the Shaolin arts. At the school you will learn kung fu (and any other course he offers) the same way that students of the Shaolin Temple in China have been learning for 1,500 years, starting with the fundamentals and working your way up to impressive forms and application of the fighting techniques (including an optional sanda/boxing class with sparring). All the while you will be getting a complete body workout like you’ve never had! Also, Dao’s friendly instruction will make you feel perfectly comfortable in class, no matter what level you are at.
I highly recommend the school to anyone interested in learning kung fu for fitness, self defense, or any other reason. You will not be disappointed!
Dear Dao Shi:
Thank you so much for your outstanding teaching of advanced Shaolin Qi Gong at Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute in Toronto.
As an instructor of adults for many years, I recommend you highly as a knowledgeable, aware, generous, articulate, and disciplined teacher, whose depth and breadth of Shaolin Qi Gong is exemplary.
Not only did you teach me true authentic Shaolin Qi Gong, but you showed me how to successfully remove my allergy to polyester using energy flow!! I thank you for a lifetime of health, mental, and spiritual fitness through daily practice.
Toronto ON, Canada
I have trained under many martial arts teachers before starting at the Toronto branch of the Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute and have to say that this is the real thing.
If you are interested in learning real Shaolin Kung Fu, this is the place to be.
This school’s teacher is directly trained by Master Shi Guo Song, a real Shaolin warrior monk, among other things. (look him up!)
This school is also special as it teaches Shaolin Ba Duan Jin Qi Gong, something that I had not heard of before. That curiosity made me try their free class event (they have these events regularly, look for it!) and I do not regret enrolling!
The teacher is friendly and sociable and offers separate classes depending on your interests and wallet size.
All in all, I believe that attending classes at the Toronto branch of the Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute is a good investment in yourself.
I highly recommend it!
I’m not entirely sure where to start with what I like about the Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute!
Location: Conveniently located downtown in Chinatown, those of us living downtown have access to a unique community focused on physical and mental health based on an ancient Chinese tradition infused with modern technology and gamification.
Activities: My boys 5 and 7 were drawn to the Kung Fu activities immediately on our trial day. The workout they got in the one and a half hour class resulted in a lot of sweat and a very good night’s sleep! Throughout the term, I can see improvement in their flexibility, strength and balance.
Logistics: I like that the payment for the trial day was immediately credited towards the prorated classes for the rest of the term. I like that the instructor is always looking for ways to improve the services, experiences and programs for the students.
Community: At the end of every term, Dao organizes a great potluck with all the students.Each end of term party has been fun, tasty and inspirational. The School has attracted amazing and talented people and I find that there is a shared value of positivity and growth that is amazing to be a part of.
I would highly recommend the STQI to anyone looking for a martial arts program for the kids (or themselves for that matter).
I have had some sporadic experiences with meditation over many years, but a 3 hours sitting meditation was a new experience for me. Dao did a great job in grounding the group and giving some information on benefits of meditation during the session. I was able to feel relaxed throughout the experience and to be in a meditative state of mind for about 1 hour. On my way home and in the following few days I felt benefits of the session. The experience of the time passing was slower. I was more present in the moment and observant.
I find the 3 hours session much more beneficial than shorter sessions I have experienced earlier. I look forward to the next one in November. Thank you Dao for the experience.
My experience at the Warsaw Caves Meditation Retreat embodied my body , mind , spirit and emotion . A safe beautiful environment to nurture myself . Dao’s guidance and leadership during the meditation, Qi gong . and Kung Fu sessions have made a lasting impact on me. I am grateful . Looking forward to learning more about the Shaolin philosophy at the next retreat.
Away from the city and daily concerns, Shaolin retreat was the only place where I was able to completely relax and evaluate my life while spending hours practicing meditation and Qi Gong with instructor Shi Chang Dao. My first retreat was a life changing experience and I don’t ever want to miss this opportunity again. There is no better chance to take a deep look within yourself and learn basics of Chan philosophy, Shaolin meditation, QiGong and even Kung Fu. I know now that I’ll be going to this retreat camping every year!
This summer was my second experience at the Shaolin Meditation Retreat in Warsaw caves. It was such an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life that immediately after, I was already in anticipation of the next retreat!
I initially went knowing nothing about Kung Fu, and very little about meditation, but I knew it was something I needed to incorporate into my busy and often stressful life. I felt a bit intimidated being there and knowing nothing but it was such a welcoming and comfortable environment, I got over that feeling very quickly.
Dao walked us through our first of many meditations over the weekend, and I was able to understand how simple (although very challenging!) meditating really is. Being surrounded by pristine nature made it an extra incredible experience. It was amazing learning QiGong, and was such a powerful way to start the day. One morning a doe and her fawn even stopped to watch us in action.
The retreat was a great balance of community and social gathering, silence, meditation, discussions of Chan philosophy, activity, and eating delicious, fresh, and simple food.
Those few days were exactly what I needed to recharge and also taught me how to create balance in my life once I returned home. I left feeling refreshed and with clarity. This is something I know I will be looking forward to each year!
I’ve been taking Qi Gong for 6 months. The school is easy to locate and Instructor Dao delivers the classes with enthusiasm and encouragement.