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STQI Toronto Testimonials

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.

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!

Alex M.

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’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.

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.

Campbell Foster
Toronto ON, Canada

Campbell Foster

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 was looking for a gym that can help me work out all parts of the body in a harmonious manner. I am not fat but I do have some kind of orange skin on my legs which I have found difficult to get rid of. After a year of training in Shaolin Kung Fu, I saw a significant improvement in my connective tissues and a rejuvenation of my legs. I am very happy with this and am continuing to train and sculpt my body today.

I have also been training in qi gong which has helped to detox my entire body as well as having younger and healthier looking skin.

Both are great for stress relief and mental relaxation of the brain. It has helped me to bring myself to another level of health and a killer body!!

Charleen M

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!


Testimonial from the last session as we dived into perceptions:

It was very peaceful… A good disconnect from all of our daily distractions. The discussions are just enough to provoke the mind and reflect.

Is it possible to have workshops more often? November seems far away…

Anthony- STQI Student