Meet our Instructors!
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Grandmaster Tim Wakefield (Shi Yan Feng - 释 延 枫)
Tim has been training for almost 40 years, during which time he has traveled the globe to expand his knowledge of the martial arts and has achieved senior certifications in several unique disciplines:
- Shaolin Temple Gong-Fu- 34th Generation Warrior Disciple (Shaolin Temple, China)
- American Kenpo – 9th Dan Grandmaster (IKCG)
- Shaolin Kempo – 8th Dan Senior Master (VMA)
- Songshan Chan Wu Gong-Fu – Level 6 Coach (CWC)
- 7 Star Northern Praying Mantis Kung-fu- 9th Gen. Grandmaster (7SPMKFA)
- Muso Jikiden-Eishin Ryu Iaido– 5th Dan (CKF)
- Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo– 4th Dan (CKF)
- Kempo Kobudo– 8th Dan (SGK)
Aside from these, his experience also includes Ninpo Tai-jutsu (Ninja), various Karate methods, Wing Chun, Arnis/Escrima, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, and Judo. He is also currently an active student of Shaolin Chan-Wu Kung-Fu.
However, throughout all his studies, Tim’s main focus remains in his personal style of Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu. In 2018, Master Wakefield was awarded the 9th Degree Black Belt and granted the prestigious title of ‘Grandmaster’ (or Shi Tai Gong) by the International Kenpo Council of Grandmasters, an organization dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Kempo’s historical & current lineage.
He has competed and placed in numerous National, Invitational & International events, as well as participated in, and conducted seminars and demonstrations throughout North America and in China, including several shows performing with the monks at the Shaolin Temple both publicly and for foreign dignitaries. In 2016, Master Wakefield was tested and accepted by the head Abbot of the Shaolin Temple Shi Yong Xin as a 34th Generation Disciple and awarded the name Shi Yan Feng (释 延 枫).
He has even appeared in several feature films such as CBC’s production of ‘Dieppe’, ‘Getting Away with Murder’, and the recent Colin Ferrell’s remake of ‘Total Recall’.
Tim’s experience also includes over 10 years in Law Enforcement as a Security Specialist as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
Grandmaster Wakefield has been teaching the martial arts in Aurora and across Ontario and Quebec since 1994, has been an active consultant to the Toronto Police Service Training College, and is one of the highest-ranking Instructor’s in Canada! Master Tim takes a practical and pragmatic approach to the study of martial arts and strives to be the best example of such for his students.
SHAOLIN Martial Arts Canada is also recognized by the Shaolin Temple as an official Overseas Shaolin Culture Institution.
Shaolin Master Shi Yuan Jing 释元净
Shifu Jing is a 34th Generation Master and Buddhist monk of the Shaolin Temple, where he has been training since the age of 9. He has traveled the world for 6 years demonstrating Gong-Fu, including such shows as ‘Wheel of Life’ and ‘Sutra’, as well as the well known ‘Shaolin Warriors’ tours. For the past 3 years he has been teaching and ministering in Toronto, eager to expand knowledge of Shaolin culture, wisdom, philosophy, and of course, Gong-Fu!
Shifu has graciously offered his experience to assist in our school by providing periodic workshops to enhance our understanding of the Shaolin way and maintaining our high standards in martial arts training. We at Shaolin Martial Arts are exceptionally fortunate and honoured to have Shifu Jing’s influence and experience.
JiaoLian Daniel 'Dragon' Wakefield
JiaoLian Daniel Wakefield has been training in Shaolin Kempo Kung-fu since he was 5 years old and has since achieved a 4th Duan ranking. Over his 18-year career in the martial arts, he has become an accomplished student and teacher. He has placed in countless regional and international tournaments, participated in over 45 seminars and workshops throughout the USA and Canada, and also holds a 2nd Dan in Kobudo in addition to having 5 years of experience in Muso Jikiden Eishing Ryu Iaido and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo. A favorite among the kids, he is always quick with a joke and can make any class fun to be in.
While studying at Western University during the Pandemic, he ran a virtual satellite school, and conducted remote classes.
Now he is a founding member of the the school’s Shaolin Sanda program.
Jiaolian Rocco Colarossi
Jiaolian Rocco Colarossi, 4th in Duan Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu, is one of our most prominent instructors. He not only has many years experience in Iaido, Jodo and Kobudo, but also is is a certified personal fitness trainer and a sport combat fighter. He is a dedicated and hardworking martial artist, and equally so as an instructor.
In addition to his instructing duties, Rocco is co-Founder of our Shaolin SanDa program (Chinese Kickboxing) and is working hard with GM Wakefield in partnership with Kross-Fight founder, Shifu Max Rendinella, to take Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu into the ring.
Plus, he helps run the place!
JiaoLian Ethan 'Tiger' Wakefield
JiaoLian Ethan Wakefield, 4th Duan Black Sash in Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu and a Senior practitioner in Traditional Weapons, is a class favorite among our students. Ethan is a very highly decorated tournament champion with over 30 placing medals and trophies collectively, as well as one of our elite performers in the Shaolin Warrior Action Team performing in countless demonstrations, and our resident Tricking expert. Ethan is currently one of our Shaolin Warrior Action Team trainers and choreographers. Anyone in his classes will enjoy his high energy style.
DuiZhang Monica Pap
DuiZhang Monica Pap, 2nd Duan Black Sash in Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu is one of our most determined and dedicated up-and-coming instructors. She is actively training in Shaolin Traditional Weapons, and has achieved the rank of Guro in SKC which is comprised of Pekiti Tersia Kali, Linog, San Miguel Escrima and is an assistant instructor in R.A.T. (Rapid Assault Tactics) . We are pleased to offer personal sessions with Monica in her Progressive Combative Arts course (By appointment only).