Terry J. Hodgkinson’s Training History


Terry Hodgkinson’s Evolution in Martial, Yogic and Meditative Disciplines

Terry started training at the age of 12 under Sensei Toky Kamino in Judo. After two years of Judo at age 14, Hodgkinson officially began the second phase of his martial arts development and joined Energy Lake Kung Fu Studios where he progressed to become a school owner and master instructor over the span of 12 years (See certificates). Early on, Energy Lake studios provided two streams of study: combative and philosophy and later on, business training. Terry studied combative techniques and business training under Brian Leishman whose lineage and formal training is strongly attributed to Grand Master Olaf Simon and his Moh Pai Kempo Kung Fu System. (Click to view the Kempo/Kenpo lineage)

Formal philosophical training began under Arnold (Bud) Ihlen, who at the time was the philosophy teacher at Energy Lake and introduced Terry to the I – Ching (Book of Changes). To this day, Terry is very appreciative of Mr. Ihlen’s early teachings and continues to remain in contact with him.

After leaving Brian Leishman’s Energy Lake Kung Fu Studios, Terry co-founded and opened Beyond Kung Fu Studios (and later founded Chung Fu Martial Arts Meditation School). From this time onward he has trained and collaborated with the following teachers:

Machado Brothers ( Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)

Gokor Chivichyan ( Russian Sambo, Judo)

Tony Blauer (Blauer Tactical Systems)

Guru Larry Hartsell (Jeet Kun Do)

Guru Makoto Kabayama (Jeet Kun Do)

Guru Dan Inosanto (Jeet Kun Do)

Grandmaster Li from China, Chi Kung, via the Chung Wah Kung Fu System and Master Lee Sensei

Brad Jones, Shotokan Karate Master Sensei

John Perdikaris, Defendo Course (Bill Underwood)

Use of Force Trainers Conference of North America hosted by Peel Regional Police

Phil Messina, Modern Warrior Training (Time Framing & Combat Stress Conditioning)

Bruce Siddle Founder PPCT Management Systems

Roy Bedard’s Close Quarter Defense (Rapid Rotation Baton)

Sensei Bill “Superfoot” Wallace

Prof. Sylvain Moroney (Grappling Arts Academy Woodbridge)

Coach Ron Beer, Shoot Wrestling Canada

Sifu Gerry Boxer (RIP) Eagle Wind School Zen Tai Ji, Thailand

Sifu Hing Chow, Wudang Gung Fu – Kunming, China

Sensei Bodhi Hanna Kistner, Zen Archery – OIMR – Pune, India

Sifu Raj Anand, Qigong & Yang-Style Tai Chi – OIMR -Pune, India

Sifu Zhang Fan, Turtle Style Kung Fu – Taoist Kung Fu Temple, Wudang Mountain, China

Sifu Zhang Chi, Crane Style Kung Fu – 26th Generation Master Dragon Gate Taoist Wudang Kung Fu – Wudang, China Sifu

Sat Chuen Hon, Medical Qigong, Dan Tao Center & Institute of Traditional Medicine

Sifu Lay Zhang, Dragon, Tiger & Snake Style Tai Chi/Qigong – Dragon Gate Taoist Wudang Kung Fu – Wudang, China Sifu

♦ See Terry Sifu’s Kempo/Kenpo lineage


Yogic and Meditative Disciplines

Terry started training with Lawrence Noyes aka Skanda in 1995, he also trained with Anjali Hill and Russell Scott. Terry’s main practice was Kundalini/Surrender Meditation/Jnana yoga. Jnuna when translated means “Union Due to Pure Knowledge”. ”Lawrence Noyes’ teacher was Charles Burner aka Yogeshwar Muni. Charles Burner’s teacher was Swami Shri Kripalvanandaji, affectionately known to his disciples as Kripalu, “Giver of Grace.” and was of the Pashupata Yoga Lineage . Through this lineage Terry gained extensive experience in:

  • Clearing Obstructions in Mind
  • Sahaja Yoga – Natural Meditation
  • Enlightenment Intensives – Master of Enlightenment Intensive Designation

Terry has also studied Yoga Nidra with Guru Akhilesh Pandey who resides and teaches in Rishikesh, India. Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In lucid dreaming, one is only, or mainly, cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one’s actual environment. Yoga Nidra refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state, referred to as prajna in Mandukya Upanishad.

Terry sifu is a Certified Reiki Master Teacher & Hypnotherapy/NLP Master Practitioner and Corporate MindFit Consultant. (See various certificates here). He has participated in meditation and self realization studies in over a hundred temples, ashrams and alternative learning centres around the world, too numerous to list here. His journey has allowed him to spend a significant amount of time studying with Thunder Bear and Red Cloud of the Ojibway (also Ojibwe) First Nations People, who are cherished elders of the Sacred Sweat Lodge and Healing Circle Ceremonies. Terry has a deep respect for all of his teachers, especially the ones who walk the path… not just talk the path.

While many of the martial art styles Hodgkinson Sifu has trained in and teaches are extremely powerful, emphasizing strongly the aspect of “intending”, Sahaja Yoga and Tao has its power in the opposite polarity of “yielding”. These two paradoxical disciplines, “intent and yield” ultimately compliment each other, harmonizing with the ebb and flow of nature itself. This is known in Taoism as non-action or Wu wei. Terry sifu offers his decades of wisdom as part of the curriculum for students his current institute called Chung Fu Martial Arts & Meditation School. ♦ What does “Chung Fu” mean? Find out here.

Swami Kripalu aka Giver of Grace with his disciple Charles Burner who created the Enlightenment Intensive Work

Swami Shri Kripalvanandaji, affectionately known to his disciples as Kripalu and Charles Burner

Terry Hodgkinson & Lawrence Noyes. Lawrence was the number one student/disciple under Charles Burner and continues training people to become Masters in the Enlightenment Intensive Work. Terry received his Masters designation with Lawrence. 

Terry Hodgkinson & Anjali Hill, who Terry Sifu took his first Enlightenment Intensive with, studied Clearing Obstructions from Mind as well as Advanced Communication and Relating Skills training.

Grandmaster Olaf Simon held the world record for breaking the most ice. In the second picture: Chuck Norris, Grandmaster Ed Parker Sr., (Women unknown) & Grandmaster Olaf Simon. Olaf Simon crossed trained in Grandmaster Ed Parker’s Kenpo system and ended up calling his style Moh Pai Kempo Kung Fu.

Master Brian Leishman of Energy Lake Kung Fu  & and Terry Hodgkinson Sifu. Master Leishman trained in Edmonton in Grandmaster Olaf Simon’s Moh Pai Kempo Kung Fu System.  

Terry Hodgkinson being blessed by Buddhist Monk Tenzing Choerab at Dip Tse-Chok Ling Gompa Monastery located in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India where Terry was honoured in having personal audience with the Dalai Lama.

Sifu Jerry Boxer and Sifu Terry Hodgkinson Koh Chang, Thailand. Read Terry Sifu’s article about Sifu Jerry Boxer.

Terry Hodgkinson Sifu with Zhang Fan & Zhang Chi (Andy Zhang) Sifus at Wudang Tao Kung Fu Academy on Wudang Mountain, China. Zhang Chi aka Andy is the 26th generation Master of the Dragon Gate Taoism Wudang Kung Fu.

Terry Hodgkinson Sifu & Bodhihanna Kistner Zen Archery Sensei at OIMR in Pune, India. Read Terry Sifu’s article about Sensei Bodhihanna.

Terry Hodgkinson Sifu with Makoto Kabayama Jeet Kun Do Guru. Watch a video interview with Terry and Makoto here.

Terry Hodgkinson & Master Hu, who is a professor of the I Ching and resides on Wudang Mountain, China and teaches the monks at the Taoist Internal Kung Fu Academy. Terry sifu has studied with Master Hu for a number of years.

Terry Hodgkinson Sifu trains with Raj Anand Sifu every year in India

Raj Anad is a Canadian who has been visiting India for the last 3 decades mostly staying in the Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune. His martial arts training started in the early 70s with Master Raymond Chung who is credited with bringing Tai Chi to the Vancouver, Canada. Raj has also traveled to Taiwan and Mainland China where he trained with various masters furthering a deeper understanding of Tai Chi. He has be practicing martial arts for 40 years but his main focus has always been and continues to be on Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Gong). He is the Head Sifu at the OIMR in Pune and currently teaches the Yang 24 movement form. In his personal practice he also practices with weapons and push hands training. The Tai Chi instruction at the OIMR has been developed along lines suggested by Osho, which is to drop the marital and to focus on the energy. Raj Anand welcomes anyone to visit and attend his classes.

Terry Hodgkinson sifu with teacher Taoist hermit Master Jai, who lives in a cave on Wudang Mountain in China.

Another of Terry Hodgkinson teachers’ on Wudang Mountain is Master Zhang Lei, Lay

Energy Lake Kung Fu Days

In this picture I was the district manager and head instructor of eventually eight schools in the GTA. From left to right: Majid Varasteh, Manny Cunanan, Julio Costa, Terry Hodgkinson, Bayani Pastrana, Danny occhito, Bernard Vidad.

Energy Lake Kung Fu Days

In my early twenties, instructor and the assistant manager of the Royal York Road School. Behind me you see candle racks with the 64 Chinese symbols from the I - Ching or Book of Changes. The symbol that has the lit candle is number 52, Ken / Keeping Still, Mountain.

Thien Mu Pagoda Temple, Vietnam

Training at this temple during my month long motorcycle ride excursion from one end of Vietnam to the other. The only time in my history where I grew a beard.

Beyond Kung Fu Studios

Training with the Broadsword at my school in Meadowvale

Qiongzhu or Bamboo Temple in Kunming, China

Training at this beautiful temple in China made me feel that I had at some other time been here before

Qiongzhu or Bamboo Temple in Kunming, China

Training at this beautiful temple in China

Qiongzhu or Bamboo Temple in Kunming, China

Training at this beautiful temple in China

Shaolin Temple, China

One of my dreams come true was spending time and demonstrating at the legendary Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple, China

Practicing down the stairs inside the legendary Shaolin Temple in China

Some Great Students at my Beyond Kung Fu Martial Arts School

It's always a pleasure training kids and helping them acquire valuable life skills


Meditation is equally as important as the physical training in martial arts. Without control over the mind the body will manifest a sloppy performance.

Stretch It Out

Regained my lost flexibly and was able to do the splits again in 2013

Keep stretching at Chung Fu Martial Arts Meditation Terry Hodgkinson Sifu

Stretch It Out

Flexibly maintained at 50 years of age 2017

Just For Kicks

It's not important to kick high for effective self defence skills but it looks good

Women's Assault Prevention Introductory Seminar

Teaching ladies how to use some basic but effective self defence techniques

Thien Mu Pagoda Temple, Vietnam

Training at this temple during my month long motorcycle ride excursion from one end of Vietnam to the other. The only time in my history where I grew a beard.

Quan Cong Chinese Temple, Hoi An, Vietnam

Another beautiful temple to train at in Vietnam and still sporting my scruffy beard

Sifu Jerry Boxer's School in Ko Chang, Thailand

I trained with Sifu Jerry for quite a few years before he passed away from an unsuspecting illness in November of 2011

Painting by Sensei Ed Parker Jr.

Thanks to my good friend Ed Parker Jr. Sensei for this wonderful painting of me

Bodh Gaya, India - Where the Buddha Achieved Enlightenment

While one does not have to go to India or the exact same place the Buddha did, it sure was special to be there meditating.

Escrima Training

Weapons training


Weapons training

Rank Testing

Student passes her grading test

Bo Staff Training

The tool/weapon I have studied the most with in martial arts

Broadsword Training

Weapons training

Take Down

Demonstrating how to take the roots out from an opponent

Joint Lock

Demonstrating how to use a wrist joint lock

Arm Bar


Sufi Sam Okonski

Learned Sufi whirling meditation from my friend and teacher in India, affectionally known as Sufi Sam.

Rank Testing

Student passes her grading test

Women's Assault Prevention Training

How to use the palm strike properly

Dynamic Simulation Training

With this protective suit ladies are encouraged to hit as hard as they can and test out their skills for effectiveness

Dynamic Simulation Training

Young girl hits for real in this simulation. Good thing I have protection.

Corporate Seminars

With my martial arts, meditation and NLP training I'm often asked to lead seminars for various companies. Here I demonstrate the mindset needed to break through solid concrete.

Sensei Bodhi Hanna Kistner

My Zen archery teacher who is 87 years young - lives and teaches in India and Hawaii

The Top of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Training in Cambodia

Qiongzhu or Bamboo Temple in Kunming, China

Training at this beautiful temple in China

Energy Lake Kung Fu Days

Training in traditional temple garb

Energy Lake Kung Fu Days

From left to right: Julio Costa, Satyen Raja, Terry Hodgkinson, Manny Cunanan and Bayani Pastrana

That Look After a Great Training Session

Training at Sifu Gerry Boxer's school in Thailand

Sifu Jerry Boxer in Thailand

I trained with Sifu Jerry whenever I was in Thailand, before he passed away from an unsuspecting illness.

Sifu Raj Anand

Training with my Tai Chi and Chi Kung teacher in Pune, India

Sifu Terry Hodgkinson's Published Book 2009

Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja - Walking the Path of Enlightenment

24 Hour Martial Arts Endurathon

Once a year for a number of years we would have any student who wanted to help us raise money for charity take part in a 24 hour training session. Yes there were breaks.

Sifu Jerry Boxer in, Thailand

Sifu Jerry demonstrating the skills he learned while living in China for many years

Guru Makoto Kabayama

Makoto is an excellent long time teacher in Jeet Kun Do and I've enjoyed his instruction over the years

Sifu Brian Leishman

Brian was the founder and head teacher at Energy Lake Kung Fu Studios

Grandmaster Olaf Simon

Brian Leishman (my combatives teacher at Energy Lake Kung fu) was trained in Grand Master Olaf Simon's Kung Fu schools. At one time Grand Master Simon held the world record for breaking the most ice. In the second picture you see Chuck Norris, Grandmaster Ed Parker Sr. and (Women unknown) Grandmaster Olaf Simon. Olaf Simon crossed trained in Grandmaster Ed Parker's Kenpo system and ended up calling his style Moh Kempo. Brian Leishman decided not to use the same name but his teachings are strongly attributed to the Moh Kempo lineage.

Chi Zhang one of my Sifus' on Wudang Mountain in China

Chi or Andy as he likes to be called excels at a number of Taoist Kung Fu styles. he is also the 26th Generation Master of Dragon Gate Taoism Wudang Kung Fu. 

Training Dr. Patrick Porter to Defend the Great Wall

On a trip where I took 12 students to train in the Taoist Wudang mountains, here is my friend Patrick Porter showing off some of his moves on the Great Wall of China. 

Meditating on Taoist Wudang Mountain, China 

Lot's of energy on Mount Wudang!

Training Kung Fu in Wudang, China 

I love training at the different Taoist temples on Wudang. This temple is called the Purple Heaven Palace. 

Zen Archery with Sensei Bodhihanna in India 

So thankful for having so many great teachers around the world. Here I am with my good friend Paul Condinho Sifu and our Zen archery Sensei in the middle Bodhihanna who is 87 years young. 

My Zen Archery Article Published in Italy 

An article I wrote on my Zen archery sensei was first published in India and then Italy

Having Fun on the Great Wall

A long time student and Sifu at my martial arts school Paul Condinho and me on in China

Taoist Hermit Master Jia

Master Jia is a Taoist Hermit sage who live in a cave on Wudang Mountain. Here me and the students I brought to Wudang mountain are lucky to chat with him.

Taoist Hermit Master Jia & Terry Hodgkinson Sifu

Ever since I was a young boy I wanted spend time with a Taoist master hermit who lived in a cave in China. I was lucky enough to do that on my last trip to Wudang mountain. 

Epic Dual at the Top of Wudang Mountain 

Ever As I climbed to the top of  Wudang mountain where the famous Golden Peak temple is, I was challenged to a dual of epic proportions. The little boy won! 🙂

The Group with Our Kung Fu Sifus' on Wudangshan

Students I took to Wudang Mountain for training with our Kung Fu teachers. Check out future retreats on www.TaoJourneys.com 

With my Teachers in Wudang 

With Zhang, Chi 张弛 and ZHANG, Fan 张帆 who are teachers at the oldest and most respected school on Wudang Mountain in China. Zhang Chi (to my left) is the 26 Generation Master of Dragon Gate Taoism Kung Fu.

Terry Hodgkinson Sifu at The Great Wall 

 December 2015

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