STQI Downtown Toronto School

STQI Toronto Testimonials

For the past 6 months I have been a Shaolin Kung Fu student receiving training under the guidance of Shi Chang Dao. My reason for joining was to learn an ancient martial art form, something which as a child I have always wanted to do. It wasn’t until my late thirties that I finally took the step to sign up for Shaolin Kung Fu classes. Shi Chang Dao is an amazing and fantastic teacher; he is well disciplined in Shaolin and also fun to work with. At the school / temple children and adults learn about the great journey of the true Shaolin Kung Fu martial art form. Students also have the opportunity to engage themselves in Qi Gong and Meditation. The community of the Shaolin Kung Fu school is vibrant and surrounded with positive energy. There are many activities going on throughout the year for students to socialize in and make new friends. All the events are popular with students, and their families. Try a Shaolin Kung Fu class because you will enjoy it, you will get fit and you will make new friends.


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!

Erica P

I started taking Kung Fu Fitness since January 2013, then added Qi Gong and Kung Fu after my first season.

Not only do I gain a full workout (mind, body and spirit), but also knowledge of the art of Shaolin martial arts, and most importantly, how to protect myself.

The training here is authentic. I highly recommend this school. It’s a very inviting and supportive environment, too!

Vina Ly

I’ve been training in Chi Kung and traditional Shaolin Kung Fu under the instruction of Shi Chang Dao at the Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute since January 2012. The experience has been entirely positive. I would encourage anyone interested in trying Kung Fu or Chi Kung to try one of these classes. Besides the obvious benefits of increased health and fitness, the atmosphere is great, the instructor is knowledgeable, and the training is fun. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Kevin K.

PURE, Shaolin Spirit… Infused with Peaceful Warrior Soul… Authentic HEART… Honour…Humility…Fierce Authenticity… Bodhicitta Vision.


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.

C Boyce

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!

Dave C.

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.

Sincerely, Jasmina