STQI Downtown Toronto School

STQI Toronto Testimonials

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

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.


I’ve been training Kung Fu here for over six months. It’s really a life changing experience. The instructor is very knowledgeable and friendly. They teach you how to punch with the force of entire body, and there is a lot of stuff behind every single movement, like speed, power, timing, balance, force and weight transition… The training only gets as hard as you want, but the instructor is happy to push you a little more if you ask. Definitely try this place if you are interested in Kung Fu, you will love it!


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.

Nature Girl

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!

Dan T.

I started Martial Arts in Markham, Ontario with Master Shi-Guo Song. The first class was a clear Indication for me to embrace the nature of Kung Fu.

Later, In 2010 Dao Shi had started STQI In Chinatown, Downtown, Toronto. I have been with the school since then. It took me almost 1.5 years to adapt the practice of Chi-Gong and Kung Fu. I saw many positive personal results that has helped me overcome lot of fears and increase my emotional IQ. Classes are fun, productive with a flexible schedule.

Dao has immense amount of knowledge about the Kung Fu techniques, Chi-Gong and practical understanding of Chan Philosophy. School atmosphere is welcoming and warm. There are lot of events and activities to get familiar with Chinese culture.


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 really enjoyed the meditation workshop. First of all, it was great to know that there is nothing that I have to do for three hours, and that I was just free to be silent and observe. The atmosphere, with dimmed lighting and incense, was conducive to a mood of relaxed alertness. There were three 20 minute meditation sessions, with instructor Dao discussing Ch’an philosophy between the sessions. It was painful for me to sit cross-legged (I don’t have good flexibility), and I had to tolerate the pain during the first meditation session, making it feel much longer than 20 minutes. However, during the second session, the pain stopped bothering me and I was able to, for brief periods of time, pay attention to nothing but my breath. I was surprised to find out how easy it was to transcend my pain and no longer give it centre attention. After the 2nd session I was eager to continue meditating. Despite the pain, I didn’t want the third session to end, and was very much enjoying the experience. I feel like I became progressively more relaxed throughout the three hours, due to the atmosphere, meditation, and instructor Dao’s interesting exposition of the Ch’an way of thinking. Altogether, it was a very fulfilling experience.

Alexander M

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