"Like many people, I had preconceived notions of what Tai Chi was. But upon meeting Sifu Ali and exploring the art, I realized that there is so much more to Tai Chi than what is presented in your local park. Like the Matryoshka Doll, the art reveals its depth with further inspection and steady practice, the rewards of which are enriched with each new discovery. In many ways it is the perfect art because students can take from it as little or as much as they would like. From basic form and increased physical and emotional health, to effective self-defence applications and a working philosophy for life."
- Steve Gardner
Writer/Audio DirectorPirate Toronto Inc.
"Wu Xing Martial Arts has been a valuable investment for my work. Whether I am travelling to some of the poorest regions of Sierra Leone, Kenya, India or Ecuador working on development projects, having a solid working knowledge of self-defense has provided me with comfort and security to do my job at the highest possible level. I highly recommend the programs and services of Wu Xing Martial Arts."
Executive Director of Free The Children.
"I returned to Tai Chi Chuan about a year ago under the tutelage of Sifu Ali (Siadatan) at Wu Xing Martial Arts. Over the last year I have engaged in extensive study and practice with Sifu Ali and have gained a much deeper understanding and appreciation of Tai Chi, particularly in regard to its martial arts foundations. Sifu Ali explains each movement in this context and it makes complete sense to me now. However I well know that I have only scratched the surface and have many more years of practice and study before I can become fully accomplished in the practice of this fascinating and deeply engaging and intellectual discipline. It is clear to me now that the ultimate goal is to meld mind, body, and spirit into a unitary presence as one flows through space, in complete control of body and breath such that a ‘no-mind’ tranquility ensues, in synchrony and harmony with the flow of qi. I am convinced that I can achieve this goal under the continuing guidance and teaching of Sifu Ali. It promises to take a while, but the learning and fulfillment is in the journey."
-O.Carter Snead Head, Division of NeurologyHospital for Sick Children
"As someone over 40, I had no idea whether the martial arts could even be an option for me. Wu Xing has had a huge impact on my life. It has changed me physically, and I wasn’t even sure if that could happen at this stage – or if I could even keep up. A way of moving through life with a minimum of friction and a maximum of serenity. And that is a gift."
- Terry O’Reilly Host of
Under the Influence at CBC Radio .
"I started Kung Fu four months ago at Wu Xing with no previous martial arts experience. Within this short space of time, Kung Fu has helped me really focus and sharpen my mind. This really helps at work where I am constantly in different meetings, dealing with sales executives and running reports for several stakeholders. Without a doubt, the clarity and strenght of my mind has increased and this can be attributed to the Kung Fu training. I am also a very active person outside work and Kung Fu has has done wonders for my personal fitness and flexibilty. The different Kung Fu moves that I have learned has helped my posture and alignment. A really great workout and a fantastic feeling afterwards! I am delighted to say I train at Wu Xing Martial Arts. There is a very strong community spirit here and everybody wants to help and support each others goals. I find the teachers are excellent with explaining the details and very helpful with beginners ( me!). I would without a doubt recommend Wu Xing to any my family, friends and colleagues."
Sales Excellence at Microsoft Canada .
"I have been a regular student at Wu Xing for about three years primarily in Tai Chi but I have also taken private lessons. Sifus Ali and Shelley are wonderful teachers who bring lots of experience and heart to their work. This is the place to learn not just the forms of Kung Fu and Tai Chi but also their inner meaning and depth. Couldn't recommend this studio more."
- Brian Kirsh, MD