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2018

Tai Chi & Chi Kung Camp

Friday, August 10, to Sunday, August 12th

Kung Fu & Tai Chi, Chi Kung Camp –

Wednesday, August 15th –  Saturday, 18th

 

Temple Knights offers a variety of Martial Arts Camps & Retreats for adults and children in beautiful Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. We have many options to choose from: Kung Fu Power Camp, Kung Fu & Tai Chi Camp, Kids Kung Fu Camp,  Secrets of the Master’s Tai Chi & Chi Kung Camp,  Women’s Wellness Weekend, Eco Camping,  Solitude Retreat.

Day Camps run 9 – 4 p.m. daily.

Join us for a peaceful meditation by Dragonfly Pond or challenge yourself by going through our Kung Fu obstacle course designed to improve agility, strength & power. Many of our Camps and Retreats include special guest instructors and workshops.

Specials instructors: Sifu Janna Clarke will be teaching Fan.

More to come…

“I have taken part in the Temple Knights summer camp for the last seven years and have always found it to be rewarding. I found the beautiful and peaceful locale, with the pond and forest, makes training outside a wonderful experience and enhances the meditation. Sigung John Oliver Peel and Sifu Valerie have a lot of expertise and experience to share. They manage to keep a very diverse group of students working on a variety of topics while at the same time encouraging them to make significant progress in their specific areas of interest; not an easy task.

As a long term martial arts instructor and father, I know that martial arts training helps young people grow up to be strong, healthy, and disciplined. Temple Knights is a great example of this as it provides young people with an opportunity to develop physical skills, and good character, by overcoming obstacles and focussing on positive traits that are so often ignored. This summer camp goes beyond most martial arts schools because it encourages people of all ages to try things they normally wouldn’t. Young people are far too plugged-in electronically and don’t have the time or opportunity to develop basic physical, emotional, and character skills required for life. Martial arts schools, and this summer camp, fill a gap by helping young people to develop these skills, pushing them to excel, and encouraging them to just play when appropriate.

Keep up the good work!”

Ken Chaplain
“I loved Kung Fu camp. My favourite activities were the obstacle course, weapons, drumming, archery, and pole climbing. I want to go again next summer!”
Tegan, age 8
“I had a very exciting experience at Temple Knights’ camp. I really liked the kung fu, learning Tai Chi sword, archery, shurikens, the morning meditations, meeting new friends, and the creative lunches.”
Mikaela, age 11
“Temple Knights Kung Fu Camp was a wonderful experience for myself and my children. The setting is beautiful. I was in awe the first morning, watching a moose swim. I canoed twice a day. I loved the teepee, the cabin, and the daily Knights-in-training lessons. Sigung, Sifu, and Si-je Janna were all very knowledgeable, friendly, and great with the kids. Their love of the martial arts, and attention to detail, was apparent in everything they did.”
Lori Ross, mother of two of the participants.
“I just want to take a minute to tell you how much I enjoyed the morning at camp with your good self, Sigung John and the other students. What an amazing and peaceful way to spend a morning. Thank you so very much for encouraging me to attend!”
Jane Gardner-Robinson
“My time with you showed me that this is a life style and not to give up but to look at the challenge and work through things in an orderly fashion. I feel renewed and energized to face the fall classes. My expectation for camp was to break through the barrier I had built and that was successful. Thank You.”
Tricia Hopf
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Temple Knights is a sanctuary in the heart of Muskoka created for peace of mind, strengthening of the body, and nourishment of the spirit.

Located on 170 acres of beautiful Canadian pre-cambrian shield – the oldest exposed bedrock in the world! Our retreat and campground is located 10 kil. east of Hwy. 11 (near Baysville) with a private spring-fed pond and an abundance of wildlife.

Temple Knights offers a unique experience like no other for personal growth in the natural serenity of forest, stone and water. Join us for the adventure this year!

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Develop confidence, respect, self defense skills, mind/body coordination, focus, balance. Explore the Five Animals – Tiger , Leopard, Dragon, Crane, Snake. Build strength. Fun and challenging obstacle course. Archery, Kung fu games, self discovery, leadership skills development, overcome challenges. Be the Best you can be! Join us for the adventure, have fun and make new friends! Ninja training!

Day Camp runs  9 – 4 p.m.

Saturday August 20th, Friendly Tournament and Family Potluck BBQ with Awards, demos and games. Family and Friends welcome!

Click for Kids Kung Fu Camp dates and registration information.

Traditional Kung Fu Training – Five Animals – Tiger, Leopard, Dragon, Crane & Snake, ninja and stealth training. Featured weapons: Sword (Chinese and Japanese styles), shurikens (throwing stars), staff – Bo, Nunchuks, Spear and archery. A challenging obstacle course to test your abilities. Dynamic training methods that will ignite your passion for Kung Fu and teach you effective self defense techniques. Opportunity to cross train with internal styles like Tai Chi & Qigong.

Traditional Kung Fu training  for health, fitness and self defense is available at Temple Knights Camp. Developing strength, endurance, speed, courage and power.  Learn about the 5 Animal Styles: Dragon cultivates spirit, Crane trains the sinews, Snake cultivates chi, Tiger trains the bones and Leopard develops strength.

The human body is a combination of hard and soft elements and for optimum results your training should reflect that in its practice.   As the Yin/Yang symbol demonstrates a synthesis of hard and soft, internal and external, substantial and insubstantial all reveal important lessons.  Opportunities for practicing both internal and external forms are available at Temple Knights Camps.

Each day begins with a 30 minute meditation by the beautiful Dragonfly Pond. Listen to the silence and detoxify your mind.  Some of the meditation techniques practiced during the week include Microcosmic Circuit and the Nine Gates, all of which help you to focus, direct your energy and cultivate peace of mind.

During the daily lessons or while sitting by the fire, plan on having interesting and mind-opening discussions on a variety of topics such as the Yin/Yang, chi, Fire Element  which is in accordance with the Chinese Five Element Health System. Learn about the associated organs, meridians, diet, color, healing sound and exercises  that go with the Fire Element for summer.  You can also learn some of the movements of the dynamic Dragon form which is the style associated with the Fire Element.

Expert instruction is given by Sigung John Oliver Peel, Sifu Valerie and our guest instructors. For more information about our instructors, visit our About Us page

Visit Sigung John’s Bonsai Nursery, take a nature walk, or canoe on Dragon fly Pond or take a sail in Lake of Bays.

Special guest instructor- Si-je Janna Fan style

Please register with a deposit or full payment as soon as possible to ensure your space.

Sponsorship and scholarship programs available for those who qualify.

For more information contact us.
Register for the week or day, cabin or campsite options.
10% family discount for those that qualify. Family Packages also available.

Click for Kung Fu Power Camp dates and registration.

Watch for upcoming Women’s Wellness Weekends. Email us if you would like to be notified of the next one coming up.

Facilitated by Sifu Valerie Houston – Peel our  wonderful Women’s Wellness Weekend will provide you with the tools you need to strengthen, balance and beautify in the natural splendor of nature. You will partake in an amazing program including meditation, a wide variety of healing and strengthening exercises, creative energy,  and healthy and nutritious meals. All designed for the nourishment of your mind, body and spirit. Also making interesting and new friends.

Healthy &  nutritious meals will be served.  Facilities will often include massage therapy, indoor pool, sauna/hot tub, gym &  nature walks.

Facilitator:  Valerie Houston-Peel has been teaching Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Meditation,  Five Elements Health System, and spiritual studies since 1985.  Sifu Valerie and her guest instructors will provide you with treasures of knowledge for cultivating  healthy and empowering habits for wellness. You will not want to miss these insightful and  rejuvenating weekends!

If you can’t make the whole weekend but would like participate – inquire.

For more information contact Valerie Houston-Peel at info@templeknights.com

If you would like to organize a Women’s wellness Weekend in your area please let us know.

Secrets of the Masters Tai Chi & Chi Kung Camp August 11 – 13th

& August 16 – 19th

 

Tai Chi Chuan

Part of each morning revolves around the graceful and healing art of Tai Chi – Yang style. Beginners will benefit from one on one instruction in learning the choreography of the movements as well as the principles of rooting, centering, aligning and relaxing. Advanced practitioners will benefit from more detailed refinements and a deeper exploration into the self defense applications of the form. An excellent way to unite mind, body, spirit and balance your energy.

Chi Kung

Practice Chi Kung (energy work) where it is rich with oxygen! Many styles are taught involving breath, sound, and postures for the cultivation, accumulation and circulation of chi or life force energy.

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Days Camps run 9 – 4 p.m.

Meditation

Participants begin each morning with a 30 minute meditation.Listen to the silence. A quieting of the mind designed for clarity, focus and inner peace. Detoxify and purify your thoughts. Meditation techniques include Microcosmic Circuit and the Nine Gates.

Inquire for more information.

Chi Kung

Practice Chi Kung (energy work) where it is rich with oxygen! Many styles are taught involving breath, sound, and postures for the cultivation, accumulation and circulation of chi or life force energy. Good flowing chi is the secret to excellent health! Some of the forms practiced are thousands of years old and include The Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade, Lohan, Tai Chi Chi Kung, and the Ho Shu Ying Set. Techniques and exercises develop internal power for healing and martial arts.

Inquire for more information.

Weapons Practice

Weapons practice is an integral part of Tai Chi study. Camp offers opportunities with qualified teachers to study Tai Chi Sword, Sabre, Fan, Staff, Butterfly Swords & Nunchucks with their applications.

During the daily instruction or while sitting by the fire, plan on having interesting and mind-opening discussion on a variety of topics such as Yin & Yang, chi, and the Five Elements Health System. Learn about summer’s Fire Element and its associated organs, meridians, diet, colour, healing sound and more. You can also learn some of the dynamic Dragon Style which is the form associated with the Fire Element. Spiritual questions are always welcome.

The opportunity to do some Kung Fu cross-training is also available. Please check Kung Fu camp above for more information.

Inquire for more information.

Special guest instructors.

“Fan” Workshop with Sifu Janna Clarke

Tai Chi Chuan

Grand Ultimate Fist

Part of each morning revolves around the graceful and healing art of Tai Chi – Yang style. This moving meditation cultivates chi, boosts the immune system, reduces tension, and brings a sense of peace and tranquility. Tai Chi mobilizes every muscle, joint, and ligament in the body and is proven to be one of the most effective exercises for developing balance and coordination. It is also a natural antidote for stress and anxiety as it enables one to slow down from today’s fast-paced world. Beginners will benefit from one on one instruction in learning the choreography of the movements as well as the principles of rooting, centering, aligning and relaxing. Advanced practitioners will benefit from more detailed refinements and a deeper exploration into the self defense applications of the form. An excellent way to unite mind, body, spirit and balance your energy.

Inquire for more information.

Push Hands

Working with partners develops sensitivity and awareness of energy. It helps one to understand the relationships of power and flow. Partner practice enables the student to increase their authentic response in a friendly and safe environment. Practicing with a variety of people in single partner and group push hands is a fun and engaging way to develop one’s skills.
For more advanced levels Tai Chi Two person Set is available for study.

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Eco Camping

Our property is available to local or international students who would like to train in the martial arts and camp or stay in a pioneer style cabin or Teepee.

Also available to individuals or families who are looking for a unique camping or cabin experience and commune with nature in Muskoka.

Inquire for more information.