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Sifu Terry and I go way back … over twenty years. And over the years from my youth until now he has been very poignant in his delivering of empowering and enlightening principals and character – not only in the martial arts but also in how to face the many challenges in life.
How often do you meet a martial arts master and medical professional in hypnotherapy? … probably once in in a lifetime…at most! Because of Sifu Terry’s unique skillset he is able to penetrate the mind in relation to worldly truths and able to best counsel people well beyond martial defense but yet also in wellness defense… what I would call holistic optimization.
Over my youthful years training under Sifu Terry, I was blessed with growth and development through his coaching & training.
When reaching young adulthood, I then lived in China where I could experience firsthand the culture and origins of Sifu Terry’s teaching. While in China I kept in touch with him. My 7.5 years living in China maintained if not strengthened my resolve to return to training with Sifu Terry when returning to Canada.
… And here I am, writing about it as I still benefit from my training with him now!
Sifu Terry Hodgkinson’s motivational inspiration comes from abundant experience in overcoming the odds. His exceptional insights on creating a meaningful life are communicated clearly with love and honesty. Terry’s message is both moving and encouraging. Our time together speaking on stage is priceless. Thanks, Terry, you are the best!Anthony Simms
When I met Sifu Terry in the mid 90’s, I knew there was something special about him. At first I couldn’t put my finger on it. I had met superb martial artists before and encountered dozens of talented therapists, but with Terry there was something more. As we became close business associates and friends, I realized what it was; Terry is authentic. In the world of self-help, there seems to be a new guru or an acclaimed breakthrough every week, but most of these fall short in substance and method. In Terry I found the real deal. He had walked the walk. Terry did his time to earn his illumination. He was not seeking fame. Rather, he was seeking what every one of us is seeking—even if we don’t know it—enlightenment.
In recent years, Terry and I spent a lot of time traveling together. Every night he would share story after story and each conversation would end with the same statement from me: “Terry you have to write a book and share these stories with the world.” Terry isn’t the typical martial arts master. He stands well over six feet tall. And if you are ever blessed to attend one of Terry’s seminars, you will feel the confidence that flows from that silent place of power. During my tenure running the world’s largest self-improvement franchise, I would hire Terry three to four times a year to share his experiences with my therapists and owners. I was always pleased with the feedback I received on how Terry could take complex concepts and simplify them into usable pieces of information.
When Terry started writing his book, I felt honored that he chose me to review each chapter as it was completed. Having earned a black belt in Taekwondo, I am no stranger to the martial arts. Although I loved my teachers, and they taught me amazing physical and mental skills, what I have read in “Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja” has illuminated my understanding of the deeper concepts of the martial arts. Although many of Terry’s experiences deal in the realm of martial arts, he has put together a philosophical guide that can be appreciated by neophytes and masters alike.Patrick K. Porter, Ph.D.
Sifu Terry said it best; “You get into martial arts training for one reason, and you stay for another.” I should know, Terry Hodgkinson and I lived at the instructor’s apartment over 30 years ago, and were trained and taught under the same fist art (combatives) and philosophy masters. Long gone are those days when that tall, gangly kid was struggling to get that technique right. Challenged by his developing adolescent body, he kept at those techniques with an unparalleled tenacity. At other times you could see him practicing his seated meditation, day in and day out at his favourite place at the studio.
What was most impressive about Terry (at that age) was the way in which he taught and conducted his classes with command and full presence. Terry had that intangible quality destined towards excellence. Historically, the ancient martial artists, ninjas, samurai and Shaolin monks, traditionally were also renowned for their diverse talents. Many were sought out for their expertise in the healing sciences of their day. Terry has kept on with this tradition, forged and developed his career from managing and operating a successful chain of martial arts studios right up to the Positive Changes hypnotherapy and coaching clinic he owns and has operated for 16 years now.
His attention to detail and quality instruction reveals his mastery. With Terry, you’re getting the real deal. For the past few years I experienced several life challenges that needed attention and insight. Terry has been instrumental in helping me tap into inner resources and assist me at realizing things in greater depth, at times from a different perspective. I am benefiting greatly from his coaching sessions and looking forward to the next level of training in meditation and the internal martial arts.
Whether it’s a seminar or a speaking engagement, personal coaching in business, martial arts, meditation or life in general, Terry has successfully merged ancient wisdom with today’s self help sciences and technology. Be sure to read his book “Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja” if you’re considering training martial arts, or listen to his guided meditation audio sessions. I highly recommend these for anyone who is on the path of personal growth and development.Ed Morte
Sifu Hodgkinson, I do not know if you remember me, I am Juan Delgado, I received my Black Sash at your school, Beyond Kung Fu Studios Meadowvale, in the year 2002.
I do not think I ever got the chance to thank you for that wonderful experience at your school which has helped me thus far, especially in focusing on becoming the best I can be. After that year, I moved to Ottawa, where I finished high school and graduated with High Honours in Architecture at Carleton University in 2010, as well as becoming a top tennis player in Ontario and Canada. At a young age, I also worked extensively in art, and I have been living back home in San José, Costa Rica where I am now dedicating my time to my artistic career. I invite you to see some of my recent paintings on facebook, as well as I am currently ranked one of the top tennis players in my country.
I greatly congratulate you on everything you have done, the books, the traveling and great knowledge you have obtained, you have always been a great mentor and leader for me when I started Kung Fu and I will always appreciate that. (I still have that one photo of us when I broke my first wood board – picture below) I am sure you are still dedicating your time to Martial Arts, and if you would like to add me as a friend on facebook to stay in contact that would be great. Many thanks for your time.Juan Manuel Delgado
I first met Sifu Terry over twenty years ago when I joined Energy Lake Kung Fu Studios. I was 8 years old and still remember Terry’s strong presence and energy that he carried with him. I can also remember my little eight year old eyes looking up at Terry who seemed as tall as the CN Tower at the time.
After training for 4 years, I later reunited with Terry at his new company and martial arts school “Beyond Kung Fu Studios” in Mississauga. As a struggling teenager going through the trials of adolescence, Terry’s guidance to me at this time helped me get through many obstacles no matter how big or great. Terry’s knowledge and wisdom from his world travels, meditations and martial arts inspire those around him. Although I had a hard time in school Terry helped me succeed in Kung Fu helping me see that successes and breakthroughs in class could also be used as metaphors for life.
After completing school and entering my 1st career, I went through a very tough and stressful situation where I lost my confidence. At this time I got in touch with Terry who owned and operated Positive Changes Hypnotherapy and Coaching Centre, where he worked with me through several sessions to retrain my perspectives and confidence. After these sessions, I was more focused and aware of the direction I was heading. I then traveled, met my wife and re-launched my career and now have been running a successful business for over seven years. I am also happy to say that I have been training under Sifu Terry (3rd times a charm!) at Chung Fu Martial Arts and Meditation School for the past seven years. Terry’s guidance and support over the many years I have known him are a true testament to the great person and friend he is.Jamie Wilson
Master Hodgkinson had a profound impact on both my Martial Arts training and my life. His guidance along with teaching methods stressed the importance of having a balanced life, one that combined both physical and spiritual growth. Master H also emphasized how our direct actions influenced our surroundings, and our environment. Coming from a home that was full of perpetual turmoil, Master H provided a positive role model for me. He was someone that practiced restraint, respect, and peace.
My training with Master H taught me not only about Kung Fu, it provided valuable lessons about myself, and insight into my own life. Through Master Hodgkinson I was able to see the value in mastering something and having faith in myself and in the unknown. Learning to question things that we may or may not understand, and seeing things from other points of view, I learned to trust my senses and intuition. Although it has been a few years since I have trained with Master Hodgkinson, I have continued to value the life lessons I learned from him. I also continue to train in Martial Arts and continue to incorporate many of the spiritual practices learned through our meditation sessions. I am indebted to Sifu Hodgkinson for all he has taught me.Jamie Bradbury
Terry has a health centre in Toronto, Canada where he sees clients but he also has clients from all over the world that he coaches from the phone and I am one of them. He is also well traveled and cultured, which I appreciate. Because of Terry’s long time coaching practice as well as being a hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker and martial arts guru, he is a unique person indeed.
I have been receiving coaching and hypnotherapy from Terry for a while now, every week. In my time with Terry, I have come to know him as an intensely intelligent and self aware individual. Always thought I had this great perception being a coach and a leader but Terry helps me to even see further, which I honestly thought impossible. Working with Terry just reiterates HOW important and valuable having a personal coach is! I’ve talked about everything from physical fitness, relationships, business, sex and past pains with Terry, KNOWING it’s safe! When I bring these things to Terry in our sessions, I know I always leave as a better coach myself, a better tool for my own clients.
Since I started working with Terry, my intuitive capability has been better tuned when working with clients and team members in my business. I would highly recommend Terry; he’s an amazing individual who is very humble and such a pleasure to work with.Dr. ZoeLena Shuster Shires, USA
Last Saturday, I spent the morning meditating under Terry’s guidance. My experience was illuminating. Terry provided an introduction to meditation – he is pure in his word(s) and teaching(s) and this type of teaching can only come from lived experience and wisdom. I will be returning and will learn more. Thanks again Terry.Nita Dayal-Nicholson
I met Sifu Terry Hodgkinson 12 years ago when i started to train kung fu at his school. The lessons I learned have not only been vital to my development in the martial arts but as a person. Terry helped me see my potential and gave me the drive to become a better person. The knowledge he has is amazing! Every time I am around Terry I learn something new that can use in my everyday life. I highly recommend Master Terry, for his guidance as his knowledge is one of a kind and I have nothing but admiration for him.Brian Naidu
Sifu Terry came to a high school where I taught, to speak to three classes that were comprised of both model students and dangerously at-risk teens. These students came from some of the most affluent families, and others from some of the most destitute. Sifu Terry spoke to them about choices in life, about consequences of choices, and about right and wrong. He imparted a sage’s wisdom in basic, yet comprehensive terms, leaving no mind untouched. While not everyone present heeded Terry’s message, there were a select few that took his meaning to heart, and I can happily say that their paths changed for the better because of Terry’s authentic, honest message.Matthew Walker
I have had the pleasure of being instructed by Sifu Terry Hodgkinson at his martial arts school. Throughout this period I have witnessed him in a variety of different roles. As president of Squash Ontario, and as a squash instructor, I am well aware of the numerous factors involved in running a successful program. The factors involved are similar in squash to what they are in Beyond Kung Fu. These include program structure, intensity, group & individual teaching testing methods, instructor training and a genuine interest in the martial art. Terry’s program encompasses all of these components, and his dedication and passion for this sport makes him an exceptional leader. He sets a high standard for others to follow. I believe that with the knowledge Terry Hodgkinson has learned from his martial arts instruction and business he is capable of succeeding in anything he puts mind to.Peter Ward
On behalf of the Medtronic of Canada Forum Committee, I would like to thank Sifu Terry for coming to our workplace and provide a very interesting workshop on assault prevention. and self defence. Every one of us left the workshop with an extra touch of self-confidence especially after breaking those pine boards with the palm of our hands! Thank you for your contribution to our employee education Forum. We hope to see you again in the near future, Terry.Lynda Girard
Sifu Terry’s candid, straightforward insights into the areas of my life that present the biggest challenges have been the biggest factor in my path towards personal progress. No pat answers, clichés or fluff-just concise, articulate and meaningful insights that I can recall when challenging situations arise.
Having been previously diagnosed with both depression and anxiety disorders, summarily prescribed every type of ‘medication’ you can imagine, Terry encouraging me to discover ‘new’ solutions, based on ancient practices for developing a successful management strategy. I now have internal resources to draw on, and it has made all the difference. By combining the best science and technology available with techniques rooted in ancient wisdom, I am enjoying the benefits of lasting change, without the need for drug ‘Therapy”. His audio-visual tools, which I still use regularly, and his excellent book, Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja, have become the primary tools that have enabled me to re-think my own limitations and face my challenges with the confidence that I can choose my outcome.
Thanks T, You are a life-changer!Owen Durkin
I met Sifu Terry Hodgkinson when he came to my fitness club in 1997 to do a workshop on self-defence. I enjoyed the workshop, and was impressed with Terry’s personality. At the time, I was a volunteer with a woman’s shelter and approached Terry to do a similar workshop and raise funds for the shelter. We worked together in organizing a fundraiser, which was done at his martial arts studio. I was so impressed by his teaching, his confidence, and motivational style that I decided to take martial arts training with him.
Later on, he started his Positive Changes centre. In 2001, I found a lump, went for a biopsy and had to wait 5 days for the results. I contacted Terry and asked what I could do to stay positive while waiting for the results. He designed a positive thinking tape for me – healthy mind and body. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and used his tapes to keep me on the positive thinking track. I would listen to the tape while undergoing chemo treatments and remember one time where Terry’s words of positive thoughts “filtering” into my body and “washing” away negativity, was in sync with the chemo treatment coming through my arm – it certainly gave me an added tingling (chemo in, cancer out). That night I experienced a third eye “vision” which could have meant I was in tune with my body. Whether it was throughout my martial arts training, or the positive changes sessions, I found Terry to be a great mentor, an awesome motivational speaker, and simply a most caring individual.Carmelle Riendeau
I trained martial arts at Energy Lake Studios over 27 years ago where Sifu Terry was my favourite instructor by far. Even then, it was evident that Terry was as passionate about teaching and getting positive results with his students as he was about being a martial artist. He always seemed to connect better with me than some of the other instructors because of this.
Unfortunately, martial arts took a backseat for me over the past two decades as I focused on pursuing other personal life goals (i.e. university degree, career, and raising a family). However, during this time I always felt something was missing and realized that it was my love for martial arts. Recently, I have begun to train martial arts under Sifu Terry again at Chung Fu Martial Arts which has had an immediate impact by allowing me to self-actualize in my personal and professional life. I feel energized and youthful again for the first time in a long time. Much of this can be attributed to Terry’s positive approach and ability to break topics down and teach principles in their simplest form. This is a testament to his skill and longevity as a teacher, trainer, and personal coach.Mike Milev
Terry I totally loved your workshop today. You bring an awesome perspective into it with the wisdom that you have gained from your martial arts background and the knowledge that you have acquired from your incredible mystical journeys all over the world. By teaching a variety of different meditations you allow, the body and mind to fully relax. It also appeals to different personality gifts and learning styles.Jacinta Whelan
I’d like to first of all mention Terry Hodgkinson, our tour leader, who guided us through this magnificent journey. He is a great speaker who is very knowledgeable in the history of the land, leading the group with teachings and lectures sharing his 30 years of education and spiritual experiences. I will definitely be traveling with Terry again.Roseann Ficacci
I just got back from my first trip oversees to India and it was an amazing experience. One thing I highly recommend is taking your first trip to a far off country with someone who knows what they’re doing. Terry showed me the ropes, I felt confident that I could take care of my self and the skills Terry shared with us came in quite handy. Terry took us to a few awesome places that weren’t in any guidebook too. If you’re off to India or China take a guide like Terry Hodgkinson with you! Now I’m revved up and can’t wait to travel again!Jeffery Tulk
Terry Hodgkinson, Shifu is a thoughtful, intelligent, responsible and humorous retreat leader. I’m very delighted that i joined the retreat and I felt fruitful. I would like to join this kind of retreat again in the near future!Fan Yang
I would never just go to China by myself, it would have to be with someone and I’m glad it was Terry Hodgkinson Sifu! He is knowledgeable about the culture, and places of interest as well he is very experienced at leading groups on Retreats.The activities were wonderfully organized and everything just kind of flowed from one thing to the next. There was lots of activity, but also lots of free time given in between activities too.
I absolutely loved our stay and training at the Wudang Internal Kung Fu Academy on Wudang Mountain. During the stay I discovered peace through movement (Tai Chi) and meditation which were taught to us from 2 very skilled Chinese teachers who live there.Heather Ann Gaffield
I have been studying self-actualization philosophy for over 35 years and after reading Terry’s book I was amazed at how extensive his expertise and experience of this field is. All the best of the best of the ageless knowledge and methods for enlightenment, personal growth, empowerment, spirituality and motivational psychology is here in this book. It’s apparent from the first chapter to the last, that Terry is it one heavy-duty wise dude. I am overwhelmingly impressed!Russell Scott
The gift you are sharing with others is truly from the Heart and on the sacred path. Thank you Terry Hodgkinson.Michael C Irving Ph.D.
Hey Terry J. Hodgkinson, Its great to be back training more focused and Intensely for my 2nd degree mastery with you! Thank you for the ongoing friendship, mentoring and training over the last 23 years!Paul Condinho Shifu
I have always wanted to see China and experience its Historical and Spiritual aspects. Terry Shifu’s specialty travel tour seemed like the perfect way to do this. I can tell you that it certainly was ideal, even exceeding my best expectations!
There was an enjoyable flow to the entire trip as all the well-planned activities unfolded, day by day. I personally would call it, “Terry’s Active-Zen Spiritual Adventure Tour”. It truly was outstanding and I had a wonderful time
I saw much that was awesome and of keen interest to me: The Great wall, The Forbidden City, many ancient mystical Tao temples on Wudang Mountain. Also I experienced things that we might have otherwise not been able to in a more conventional tour: such as visiting with a elderly Taoist Monk who lives alone high up in a mountain cave; witness up close a Taoist ceremony deep in the bowels of the ancient Blue temple, something that has happened daily since the 13th century when the temple was completed; visit the art gallery of a prominent contemporary artist and enjoy watching him work, and later being coached in how to do calligraphy by this master.
I was delighted to experience the natural beauty of WUDANG MOUNTAIN area; to spend a nice amount of time there, and then to climb to the very top, all of which made understandable to me why this location has been such a central source of inspiration for artists, meditators and famous philosophers throughout China’s long history.
I really appreciated Terry’s, ‘can do‘ approach to things that made every aspect of our trip such a memorable success. Terry Shifu is very conscientious, inclusive, caring individual, knowledgeable and always ready to do what’s appropriate and needed for us; and to have a good laugh while doing it. So if you are interested in such things and ‘Peak Experiences’, join Terry next time in China, climb to the top of Wudang Mountain. Enjoy the view and the Tao.Victor Levytsky
I decided to take a trip like this so I could learn more about Taoism right from the source. Before I booked this retreat with Terry of Tao Travel – Journeys that Enlighten the Soul, I contemplated other trips being offered as I searched the Internet. Nothing could compare to Terry’s trip! A full immersion in the land of the Tao… all other trips seemed like watered down westernized versions.
Terry’s trip set the bar very high for me. The inner confidence to travel too distant lands by oneself. From the moment I stepped off the plane I was in the company of a representative from Tao journeys, I never felt alone. Trips such as these allow all seekers the ability to search for knowledge. The information I learned from not only Terry and our local Tao Masters but from my fellow group members was so vast. It was great to come home and be able to share so much knowledge with my loved ones, friends and clients.
This journey was truly scenic and beautiful, yet it was also an incredible inner journey, of being able to know oneself, without the interference of westernized culture. It truly was a wonderful way to disconnect from the outside and be able to connect with inside.
The Tao Journeys trip with Terry Hodgkinson is a life-changing event. It’s a rare chance to meet your true inner self and face the unknown. Happiness is a matter of perspective. If you’re questioning yours this immersion trip of Terry’s is a perspective changing experience! I can’t say it any simpler, go do this trip, you will thank me later!Michelle Gauer
When Victor mentioned a possible trip to China with Terry Hodgkinson Shifu, after talking to Terry and doing some research, I thought it might be an amazing adventure. AND OH IT WAS!
Terry’s agenda allowed us to experience the spiritual, religious and scenic majesty of Wudang Mountain as well as great sight seeing around Beijing.
Terry’s planning made the trip carefree. The walk up Wudang Mountain was a real challenge for me. I was encouraged by my other trip travel companions as well as many strangers on the same journey, and local guys offering to carry me up to the top. I made it up all those stairs with my new walking sticks, which allowed me to push on up to the top much more easily. As a physical and mental challenge, it was something that I was grateful to accomplish and will always take pride in.
I met so many kind and generous people who made the experience unforgettable. Master Li, his patience and sense of humour allowed me to experience Tai Chi as a beginner and add something new with pleasant memories. The cool evenings sipping tea with Master Hu who taught us valuable lessons from Taoism and his students was a delight. We have now found that same green tea with red dates and 5 Goji berries that we drink often back home in Canada. When we do sip the tea, it reminds of our most amazing trip to China with Terry Shifu.Anna Richards
On behalf of St. Roch Catholic School, I want to thank Terry Hodgkinson Sifu for volunteering his time and expertise with the grades 6,7 and 8 students. Terry is an engaging speaker who captivates his teenage audience with personal anecdotal stories about his adventures and the need for personal safety. Students learned from Terry that martial arts is a mindset that involves self control. The girls club benefitted from his demonstrations and hands on experience in learning how to protect themselves from potential future dangerous situations. The students participated enthusiastically in martial arts and self defence techniques and were appreciative of the time Terry spent with them.
We hope Terry will be back soon to share more of his expertise!
I enjoyed Terry Hodgkinson’s Wudang Mountain China trip so much that I knew I just had to be on his India trip too!
Terry was incredibly knowledgeable about India’s culture and places of interest we were scheduled to visit. He ensured our activities were organized, set at a good pace and he was flexible to spontaneous moments or activities, such as, shopping at market places, enjoying chai tea on a mountain top; river rafting on the sacred Ganges River, spending extra time on the beach, and visiting the Elephant Rescue Sanctuary.
Everyday was a different adventure; such as floating candles down the Ganges River in Rishikesh during holy Puja and Aarti ceremony; group spiritual activities he led, such as meditation; climbing a mountain to swim in a water fall; touring and dancing in the Beatles Ashram; visiting and experiencing the majestic Taj Mahal.
The hotels we stayed in were top notch clean and comfortable, the bus, driver and Tour Guides we travelled with were dependable, friendly and knowledgeable about the areas we travelled to. The people of India were welcoming and friendly. So much to see, hear, smell and feel! My senses felt a little overwhelmed but in a great way!
I highly recommend joining an upcoming Tao Travel Journey with Terry Shifu, to enlighten your soul in India or China and to enjoy a vacation retreat of a lifetime!!Heather Ann Gaffield