STQI Downtown Toronto School

Shaolin Kung Fu Martial Arts Classes in Toronto

What is Shaolin Kung Fu Class?

Shaolin Kung Fu is a 1 or 2 hour traditional martial arts kung fu class. It is a full body martial arts workout utilizing the traditional training methods of Shaolin warrior monks. This training method and the exercises/drills 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!

Punches, kicks, footwork, wrestling, take downs, and advanced techniques all come into play as students learn to apply these in light sparring drills. In addition, students learn traditional Shaolin martial arts kung fu hand forms and weapons known as Taolu.


The Shaolin Kung Fu Level 1 class focuses on students developing their Shaolin Foundation of flexibility, endurance, and conditioning. Those in Shaolin Kung Fu Level 2 will additionally work on self defense application drills and forms including weapons when ready.

Where Do Beginners Start?

The Shaolin Kung Fu program is designed for beginners and advanced students alike. New students can choose either Shaolin Kung Fu Level 1 or 2. As you progress you will become more flexible, stronger, and quicker. Beginners will typically follow at the back, giving lots of time to observe and learn from the more senior students. This program is great even for the experienced martial artist as it helps to build a strong foundation.

A Typical Shaolin Kung Fu Class

The Shaolin Kung Fu Level II classes is fully guided for 110 minutes. A typical class includes:

  • Warm up exercises (10-15 minutes)
  • Stretching (5-10 minutes)
  • Shaolin Kung Fu Stances (5 minutes)
  • Shaolin Foundation drills including punches, kicks, footwork, and acrobatics(30-40 minutes)
  • Advanced drills (5-10 minutes)
  • Hand, leg, and body conditioning (5 minutes)
  • Light sparring (10-15 minutes)
  • Hand and weapon forms / tau lu (15-20 minutes)