Kicks and Licks

An account by Sifu Rupert Harvey (Founder of the Golden Harmony Kung Fu Club in Toronto, Canada, Certified instructor under Sifu Rob Moses in Tai Chi Praying Mantis and Tai Shan Mantis, Shaolin Chin- na under Master Mike Vendrell) of his time spent working as a stunt performer on the Kung-Fu The Legend Continues series. (more…)

“There are two things you must remember. First, our names shape us and we shape our names in turn.”

He stopped his pacing and looked out at us. “Second, even the simplest name is so complex that your mind could never begin to feel the boundaries of it, let alone understand it well enough for you to speak it.”… He reached into his pocket and pulled out a river stone, smooth and dark. “Describe the precise shape of this. Tell me the weight and pressure that forged it from sand and sediment. Tell me how the light reflects from it. Tell me how the world pulls at the mass of it, how the wind cups it as it moves through the air. Tell me how the traces of its iron will feel the calling of a loden-stone. All of these things and a hundred thousand more make up the name of this stone.” He held it out to us at arm’s length. “This simple, simple stone.”

…”My point is this. In each of us there is a mind we use for all our waking deeds. But there is another mind as well. A sleeping mind. Is is so powerful that the sleeping mind of an eight-year-old can accomplish in one second what the waking minds of seven members of the Arcanum could not in fifteen minutes.” He made a sweeping gesture. “Your sleeping mind is wide and wild enough to hold the name of things.”

– Patrick Rothfuss The Wise Man’s Fear

Double Staff Workout

Monday, 14 February 2011 by

There’s a new video from the Hill that will give you a clue as to what you’ve been missing! This is where the heart of Golden Harmony really lies and you owe it to yourself to come out and see what this is all about.

Sticky Hands Chin Na

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 by

This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY to learn and experience Chin Na from a whole other and MUCH deeper perspective! You can’t afford to miss this one! Space is LIMITED so sign up EARLY by clicking here!

Wudang Mountain Quigong Workshop

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 by


In celebration of the completion of my course of study at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, and the grand beginning of my home integrative Traditional Chinese Medicine practice, I am delighted and honoured to present one of my new heroes, David Wei, coming to Toronto for the first time!
David is a 16th Generation Disciple of Wudang Zhang San Feng Pai, formally trained under the guidance of Master Yuan Xiu Gang in Taoist internal kung fu, qigong and meditation in Wudangshen, China.  David will be offering his expert instruction in Healing Qigong, its fundamentals and basic forms on Saturday, February 26th and Sunday the 27th. (more…)

Advanced Level One Essay

Thursday, 03 February 2011 by

November 27, 2010

Golden Harmony Kung-Fu, Toronto

Advanced Level One Essay (Red Sash) – Dan Couto

Red Sash

I came to Golden Harmony Kung-Fu and Sifu Rupert Harvey after having spent many years as a martial arts practitioner at different schools training in a variety of styles. It is often said that it is best to stick to one school and perfect one art. Having gone in the opposite direction, I would disagree with that statement unless that art was Kung-Fu. For as I have learned, it is the basis from which all other martial arts spring. And Tai Mantis Kung-Fu (the style taught at Golden Harmony Kung-Fu) is the final style of Kung-Fu of the Northern Shaolin line. As such, it incorporates the best elements of all the other animal styles that preceded it. This is the style that I have been fortunate enough to encounter and the path I am now on. (more…)

It’s that time of year again! The Toronto Martial Arts Open is once again hosting their martial arts invitational event. This is a great opportunity to meet other martial artists, see other styles, participate in forms, weapons and sparring competitions and to generally test your skills in a safe and respectful environment. Golden Harmony Kung-Fu traditionally has a good turn out for this event. See the details below, then click on the image to register. See you there!

Can-Tai Kungfu Presents
The 2011 Toronto
Martial Arts Open

Saturday March 5 · 9:00am – 5:00pm

Albion Bolton Community Centre
150 Queen Street South,
Bolton, Ontario, L7E1E3

Time Schedule
“At-Door” Registration (8:00-9:30am)
Ceremony (9:30-10:00am)
Self-Defense/Horse Stance Competition
Weapons Sparring
Wing Chun/Open Tai Chi
Kungfu & Karate/Tae Kwon Do Divisions
Point & Continuous Sparring
Grand Champions Divisions

(see below for registration steps)
$50.00 (Up to 3 Events)
$10.00 per Additional Event
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 (Midnight)

$50.00 (One Event)
$10.00 per Additional Event

$10.00 12 yrs and up
$5.00 for 6-11 yrs
5 yrs and under Free

Fighting Arts Collective Open House

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 by

This Sunday (after the Hill) several of us went to the Fighting Arts Collective for their Open House. Below are  some videos of what we saw there.

FAC Medieval Swordplay from Dan Couto on Vimeo.

FAC Medieval Armoured Combat from Dan Couto on Vimeo.

What is Chi?

Monday, 31 January 2011 by

January 31st, 2011

Golden Harmony Kung Fu, Virginia

Blog #2- Sifu Gordon Wicks

What is Chi?

A big question asked by students of Chi- Gong: What the heck is Chi? This term is too often misunderstood, and misrepresented. It is very simple yet not as easy to explain.

Chi- simply translated means “breathe”. Gong- work.

The practice of Chi- Gong is “breathe work”.

Chi has been said to be many things; life force energy, the ethereal substance that binds all things, electromagnetic energy, so on and so on.

Truthfully, Chi is fundamental basis of all animate beings. The first page of the book of Genesis, refers to this as the Word (I assume spoken from the breathe of the Divine).

Chi within the body is the elixir of oxygen mixed with the chemicals from the the reproductive organs and glands within the blood. As this concoctions moves through the organs, and tissues of the body, it causes the cells to vibrate at certain frequencies. This in turn causes an electromagnetic charge that stimulates the tissues and creates field or spherical wave around the cells, the organs and tissues and the body. (more…)

The NEW Site

Sunday, 30 January 2011 by is up and running! Take a look and let us know your thoughts.