STQI Downtown Toronto School

Wing Chun Class in Toronto

Student Testimonials

Wing Chun classes here at STQI are great! Teacher Ben does an exceptional job creating a class environment that’s warm and inviting to students of all ages and skill levels. There’s lots to learn but after only a few months the improvement in my flexibility, posture and resilience is immediately noticeable. I feel like I learn and refine one new thing every class while learning a system that I can benefit from for a lifetime!


Wing Chun has provided me with an incredibly fulfilling sense of embodied empowerment. When the pieces of this 3-dimensional movement puzzle come together and an outburst of energy and qi is harnessed from the core, I am always thrilled and awe-struck with Wing Chun’s self-defensive powers. The Guangzhou style with its circular, seamless flow make the crane-snake combos and footwork more tuned to my body’s organic rhythm. I am very grateful to be under the instruction of Ben Ho, who is a truly patient, friendly, respectable, and masterful teacher. He guides the students in re-discovering movement pathways, and sets up a new foundation in intuitive reflexes. And he always finds ways to unlock barriers, and fine-tune strengths.
The philosophy inherent in Wing Chun practice has, moreover, opened for me a portal to a deeper understanding of self, nature and the universe. The Wing Chun classes at the STQI school always have an amicable atmosphere and community.


What is Wing Chun?

Wing Chun is a style of Kungfu known for its mathematical and chess-like combat efficiency, and is generally characterized by quick footwork and rapid punches. It is believed that the depth of this martial art originated from Ng Mui (a Buddhist nun associated with the Shaolin temple), whose knowledge was then passed to her female disciple Yim Wing Chun.

Part of practice includes a focus on coordinating breath work with spiral movements which accelerates blood flow to help loosen the spine and joints. As the student becomes more flexible and healthy, this very foundation allows for the possibilities of reaching one’s full physical potential and generating explosive power without exerting a great deal of effort. This is achievable and valuable for students of all body types and sizes.

In addition to training to precise and proper technique, Guangzhou Wing Chun also trains to optimize for total efficiency by using timing, angles, sensitivity and overall awareness.

Meet Your Teacher Ben Ho

Ben Ho was born and raised in Hong Kong and became interested in Martial Arts at an early age. He practiced a variety of styles before committing to the study of Wing Chun after moving to Vancouver, Canada. He was eventually introduced to the Yuen Kay San Guangzhou Wing Chun style and studies under the tutelage of Master Tsui Sui Ming.

Ben was drawn to this specific style of Wing Chun as he found the emphasis on breathing, hip/stance work, and spiral movements (essence of the snake and the crane) to be better suited to his physical conditioning goals and philosophical beliefs.

Watch a Primer by Your Teacher on Wing Chun

Where Do Beginners Start?

The Wing Chun program is designed for beginners and advanced students alike. Expertise in Wing Chun is very much about repetition. Students will be paired up based on experience levels.

Wing Chun Balance Part 3

In Guangzhou Wing Chun, we put equal emphasis on Pre-contact, and Post-contact training. The Pre-contact phase generally refers to the moment in time where both parties still have some distance between them, and each is about to move in... Read More »
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Other aspects of Balance in Guangzhou Wing Chun

-“Gung” training – building one’s energy reserve/foundation (self practice), vs -Technique Application training (partner drills/sparring). Modern martial arts training these days puts a great deal of emphasis on sparring techniques, ie blocking or dodging an incoming attack, and in... Read More »
admin | 06 September 2016 | STQI Toronto, Wing-Chun | | No Comments   

Wing Chun Martial Arts Takes Flight at STQI

This week we highlight the Wing Chun classes at the downtown school of STQI. We always knew Wing Chun would be a popular martial art to learn and now it finally has a home at STQI. This summer, the... Read More »
admin | 16 May 2016 | STQI Toronto, Wing-Chun | | No Comments   

Guangzhou Wing Chun: Balance

By Ben Ho Our lineage Guangzhou Wing Chun is an internal style martial art rooted in traditional eastern philosophies: Yin/Yang being one of them. For instance as stationary exercise there is standing meditation (Jaam Jong), its purpose is to... Read More »
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Guangzhou Wing Chun Classes Now Offered at STQI

We are pleased to announce that Ben Ho is joining our downtown Toronto school and will be teaching Wing Chun classes on Wednesday evenings starting January 6th. What is Wing Chun? Wing Chun is a style of Kungfu known... Read More »
admin | 18 December 2015 | STQI Toronto, Wing-Chun | | No Comments