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Free Martial Arts & Self Defense classes with STQI

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Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

1 Front Street East

Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

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Join us on Tuesday evenings in April with Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute (STQI)!

  • No previous experience required.

  • Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, along Yonge, halway between Front and Esplanade).

  • Please wear comfortable clothing (e.g. yoga pants, jogging pants, t-shirt, comfortable workout shoes or cross-trainers). Washrooms are available for changing.

  • Please bring your own water!

Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in and change. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

TUESDAYS 5:30pm-6:30pm

April 4 – Traditional Shaolin Martial Arts Kung Fu for Beginners
Class Capacity: 40 Participants
Instructor: Dao Shi

This is a one hour high-impact traditional Shaolin martial arts kung fu class for beginners. It is a full body martial arts workout utilizing the traditional and authentic training methods of Shaolin warrior monks. The training techniques and exercises have evolved over the last 1,500 years making it one of the most efficient workout regimens today. Benefits are many including stress relief, strong core, cardio, high calorie burn, flexibility, coordination, power, fitness, and overall health. This challenging fitness class is also great fun!

Class activities include:

  • Warm up exercises
  • Stretching
  • Shaolin Kung Fu Stances
  • Shaolin Foundation drills including punches, kicks, footwork, and acrobatics

April 11 – Women's Beginner Self Defense Shaolin Style
Class Capacity: 40 Participants
Instructor: Rose Stehlik

Solid self-defense begins with a good mental foundation and philosophy. In this light workout class for beginners you will learn a three step methodology to think about self-defense and become more aware of your surroundings. You'll learn how to realize danger and react in various situations. You'll also learn simple yet surprisingly effective techniques that anyone can do. Finally, you'll be able to take home exercises that you can continue on your own to further train and develop your self-defense effectiveness.

Class activities include:

  • Warm up exercises
  • Stretching
  • 3 step methodology
  • Self-defense techniques
  • Role playing


April 18 – Traditional Shaolin Martial Arts Kung Fu for Beginners
Class Capacity: 40 Participants
Instructor: Dao Shi

This is a one hour high-impact traditional Shaolin martial arts kung fu class for beginners. It is a full body martial arts workout utilizing the traditional and authentic training methods of Shaolin warrior monks. The training techniques and exercises have evolved over the last 1,500 years making it one of the most efficient workout regimens today. Benefits are many including stress relief, strong core, cardio, high calorie burn, flexibility, coordination, power, fitness, and overall health. This challenging fitness class is also great fun!

Class activities include:

  • Warm up exercises
  • Stretching
  • Shaolin Kung Fu Stances
  • Shaolin Foundation drills including punches, kicks, footwork, and acrobatics


April 25 - Women's Beginner Self Defense Shaolin Style
Class Capacity: 40 Participants
Instructor: Rose Stehlik

Solid self-defense begins with a good mental foundation and philosophy. In this light workout class for beginners you will learn a three step methodology to think about self-defense and become more aware of your surroundings. You'll learn how to realize danger and react in various situations. You'll also learn simple yet surprisingly effective techniques that anyone can do. Finally, you'll be able to take home exercises that you can continue on your own to further train and develop your self-defense effectiveness.

Class activities include:

  • Warm up exercises
  • Stretching
  • 3 step methodology
  • Self-defense techniques
  • Role playing


ABOUT DAO SHI
Shi Chang Dao (or Dao Shi) is a 35th generation traditional Shaolin disciple. For many years he has trained under the careful guidance of Master Shi Guo Song, a famous Shaolin Monk from China. Since 2011 Dao has opened a school in the downtown Toronto area and has had the priviledge to teach Shaolin philosophy and martial arts to thousands of people across various disciplines including Sitting Meditation, Ch’an Philosophy, Shaolin qi gong, Shaolin kung fu, Shaolin style sanda /Chinese boxing, and self defense. He has made several television guest appearances, most notably on CBC's feature called Masters of the City, Keepers of an Ancient Culture. He continues to receive regular martial arts kung fu training from his Master today and is adept in various traditional hand forms including Tong Bei Quan, Xiao Hong Quan, Da Hong Quan, Qi Xing Quan, and Rou Quan. His favourite weapon is the Shaolin Cudgel (staff).


ABOUT ROSE STEHLIK

Rose is a lead instructor of Shaolin martial arts kung fu at STQI Toronto. Her journey into the Shaolin arts began when she attended the Shaolin Warriors performance at the Sony Centre in 2012 where she met Dao Shi and subsequently joined his school. Since then she has been intensely training in Shaolin kung fu, gentle kung fu, and qi gong. She has performed regularly at various events around Toronto including Chinatown Festival and T&T Waterfront Nightmarket. In 2014 she joined the Shaolin Canada team and competed in the 10th Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival in China and was chosen among 2000 athletes to initiate the games in the opening ceremony.


ABOUT STQI TORONTO SCHOOL

STQI Toronto is located in the downtown Toronto / Chinatown area run by Shi Chang Dao, a Shaolin Disciple with a lineage that goes back over 1,500 years. It is one of the primary schools of Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute, an organization overseen by Master Shi Guo Song, an authentic Shaolin Monk from China.

STQI Toronto offers 5,500 square feet of spacious and comfortable environment in which people of all ages, ethnicity, and backgrounds can train and grow in. With side-by-side classes for adults and children, it is also great for families who wish to train together! The school features traditional Shaolin martial arts classes such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Qi Gong, and Gentle Kung Fu. Other classes and workshops include Wing Chun, Er Hu Chinese Fiddle, Self-Defence, and a free 2 hour Shaolin Meditation workshop to the public. What makes this school really unique is its peaceful philosophy and approach to self defense and martial arts.

WHAT IS AUTHENTIC SHAOLIN?
Shaolin is a 1,500 year old culture recognized today for its incredible martial arts. It was founded in a temple in a young forest near Deng Feng, China. Although Shaolin falls under Buddhism, we are not a religious institution and instead practice what is called Shaolin Ch’an philosophy. It is compatible with all religions, non-religions, and spirituality.

Shaolin Ch’an teaches us how to deal with the stresses of daily life and to strive for clarity and mindfulness through meditation. Shaolin’s teachings continue in Canada through the leadership of Master Shi Guo Song who founded the first registered Canadian charity named Shaolin Luohan Temple.


Waitlist
: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! You will be contacted automatically if any spots are cancelled/released! We will also contact the waitlist if we have any class updates, etc. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant. We reserve 5 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy: If you have confirmed your registration on Eventbrite and discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email rachel@sonycentre.ca to notify us. After two “no-show” instances, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

For more information on free classes at Sony Centre please visit our website.

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