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

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.

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

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.


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 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 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.