STQI Downtown Toronto School

STQI Toronto Testimonials

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

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


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


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


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.

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.

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 Practical 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

My experience at the shaolin meditation retreat was fantastic. It was a great way to deepen and learn meditation in a way I had never been shown before. I left feeling empowered and my meditation practice has deepened significantly since my return. I look forward to returning next year!

Genevieve B