About Temple Knights

Martial Arts Academy

Our lifestyle centers around the Martial Arts, artistic pursuits, and a spiritual lifestyle. We follow the principles of classical Knighthoods and our code is Live Pure , Speak Truth, Right Wrong, Follow the King.

Temple Knights in Muskoka is situated on 170 acres surrounded by the beauty of forest, stone and
water on Hwy. 117 E. near Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Approximately 2 hr. drive N. from Toronto. Our Pembroke  Academy is located between Pembroke and Petawawa in the Laurentien Valley.

Classes, seminars and summer camps are held on the Muskoka property where construction has begun on the Temple Pavilion, a large log and stone hall facing Dragonfly Pond.

Outreach classes are also held in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Dorset, Port Carling and the surrounding areas. Arrangements can also be made to have expert instruction in your area on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis.

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Temple Knights Production

Temple Knights Martial Arts Masters and Instructors

Our martial arts consist of a non redundant and wide variety of styles including Shaolin( Hungar, Wing Chun), Wudang ( Tai Chi Chuan), Kenjitsu, Ninjutsu and more. Following the concepts taught by Bruce Lee, we believe in studying the best of the best. A Knight must be adaptable.

Founder of Temple Knights in 1982, Sigung John Peel has been studying and researching many different styles of martial arts including Hungar, Wing Chun, Tai Chi Chuan, Aikido, Sword and Ninjitsu since the early 1960's. Inspired by Bruce Lee, his style is enriched by the practice of the soft internal styles and he has a deep understanding of Chi, movement, combat strategy/tactics, the meditative mind and philosophy.


John Oliver Peel


Sifu Valerie has been studying Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Kung Fu, Meditation and spiritual studies since 1982. She has her Black Sash in Kung Fu and specializes in the Five Animals, Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Meditation and Tai Chi Sword.


Valerie Houston-Peel


Chi Kung

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Tai Chi is very important to me. Sifu Valerie and Sigung John have the knowledge, experience, investment, of this ancient art to their students.
I have a 13 yr old with Tourettes Syndrome. Kung Fu has taught him strategies for coping through meditation and relaxation…He is so happy to have found a connection with the Temple Knights academy and their teachings…he looks forward to going to every class!
I so enjoy being a student …with my daughter…I’ve found my posture, and my core self again after having two children! I can’t imagine my life without this wonderful energy I’ve discovered with the help of Temple Knights. I know now that I will be a life-long participant in these art forms. Thank you Sigung and Sifu for the enlightenment.
Rebecca Krawczyk, Read Full Testimonial
Temple Knights Kung Fu is wonderful …They provided me an ideal foundation to study Kung Fu in the years to come. They have seemingly limitless skill to teach you. They will work with you, at your pace…You will quickly strengthen and gain balance.
David Paul Kuhn, Read Full Testimonial
I started as a student of Tai Chi with Sifu Valerie. Being a trade’s person with a history of chronic back pain, I was hoping to establish a regular practice to address this and seasonal depression that had plagued me throughout my adult life… I have found my sense of physical and psychological well-being greatly improved.
Doug Aldworth, Read Full Testimonial
Tai Chi is one of the best things I have ever done! I’m starting to get in a “zone” when I am practicing & you know my energy (I have enough energy of five people in my one body…) & with what’s going on at the moment… it’s one of the only things that has never slowed me down & helped me to focus, etc.. THANK YOU!!!
Jolene Theriault, Read Full Testimonial
I look forward to Sifu Valerie’s weekly Tai Chi class. A variety of activities keeps each session interesting and fun…I noticed that in a relatively short time my balance has improved. I have a growing feeling of confidence as I learn to move fluidly from one posture to the next.