Songshan Chan Wu Canada Academy
Songshan Chan Wu Canada Academy

History of the Songshan Chan Wu Canada Academy (S.C.W.C.A.)

Since our beginning in 1995, we have been through changes both in leadership and name. However our strong ties with the Shaolin Temple have always been a constant. Contrary to what some other academies claim WE ARE IN FACT THE LONGEST RUNNING SONGSHAN SHAOLIN SCHOOL IN MONTRÉAL AND ITS SURROUNDING AREA.



Shifu Abel DaSilva is contacted through mutual friends and is invited to go train in New York City with Shi Yan Ming (1st monk known for defecting from Shaolin Temple).


Under the permission of 34th generation Shaolin Temple monk Shi Yan Ming, Shifu Abel DaSilva and Shifu Harry Yung open the Canadian Shaolin Temple. Shi Yan Ming was Abbot of our temple.


The USA Shaolin Temple’s curriculum is taught at the Canadian Shaolin Temple through frequent study trips to New York City by both Shifu Abel and Harry. On one of these occasions they also had the honor to meet and learn from Grandmaster Shi De Yang.


A troupe of actual warrior monks (not today’s show monks) comes to Québec City to demonstrate during the Lollapalooza Festival. Shifu Abel DaSilva joins the team and demonstrates on stage with them. This is where Shifu met Shi Xing Hong and many other great masters for the first time. Many of those masters all teach in the US today…ex: Shi De Shan, Shi Xing Hao, Zhang Li Peng, Shi Xing Wei etc. It is during this precise weekend that present day leader Max Rendinella joined the Canadian Shaolin Temple.


Canadian student’s names and photographs are requested by Shi Wan Heng and are archived in the Shaolin Temple.

February 1998

Chinese Shaolin Temple contacts Shifu Abel and requests the Canadian Temple’s aid with the promotion of the Shaolin Kung fu World Tour Show taking place the following month in Montréal’s Molson Centre.

March 1998

Chinese born Canadian Shaolin Temple’s student Lu Yong is brought back to China with the troupe after their stop in Montréal to live and train in Shi Xing Hong’s Dengfeng School for 3 years.


Through study trips from Canadian students, the curriculum is switched to Shi Xing Hong’s teachings from his Dengfeng School. Ties with Shi Yan Ming are broken. Shi Wan Heng suggested and authorized this change at that time.

1999 – 2001

1st location change due to scheduling.

Early 2002

Once again the Canadian Shaolin Temple is contacted form China. This time Chinese officials ask for help with the promotion of the Shaolin Wheel of Life Tour.

Summer 2002

Max Rendinella makes 1st trip to Hungary where Shi Xing Hong has been developing Shaolin Kung Fu since 1999. Here strong ties are made that would change the future of Shaolin back home in Québec forever.

Late 2002

Max Rendinella begins to teach in his own location under the name Shaolin Canada. This was the 1st extension branch of the Canadian Shaolin Temple.

March 2003

The first Canadian Shaolin Kung Fu Seminar was a huge success sparking more collaboration with the mentioned academies. This also brought us to our 2nd location change due to better accommodations. Max continued to teach and supervise at the (now disjoined) Laval academy.

Summer 2003

Max leads 12 other Québecers (some from Laval, some from Québec) to Shi Xing Hong’s training camp in Budapest, Hungary.

September/October 2003

The Canadian Shaolin Chan Wu Federation is born.

December 2004

The Chan Wu Training Center opens officially with 22 already active students on day one. It is also known as the Twin Warriors School. It is from this point on that all collaboration between the schools was lost. This is the 3rd location change.

May 2005

The 3rd Annual Seminar was held at the Twin Warriors Chan Wu Training Center. Very few participants attended due to the fallout between all schools. Regardless its intimacy, the master’s visit was perhaps the most important as he came with invitations to The International Chan Wu Federation’s 1st World Cup.

November 2005

Canadian students and teachers were among the best representatives bringing home extraordinary honors from the 1st Chan Wu World Cup. Canada placed 3rd best country in the medal count. We only had 3 competitors so this was outstanding !

January 2006

This bump in the road marked the 4th location change of the original school to the world famous TRISTAR GYM.


Songshan Chan Wu Canada is contacted by Chinese officials to demonstrate in the opening part of a Shaolin troupe show in Montréal led by Feng Geng Huai (A very well respected master in Shaolin circles).

September 2007

We had the honor of helping with the promotion of the JUNG GUA Shaolin Show through interviews and promotional classes held at Tristar Gym. This Chinese Troupe show was in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and also had girls doing circus acts..


Wushu Canada representatives approach Max Rendinella about taking charge of the development of Sanshou in Québec in order to produce quality athletes for the then upcoming 10th World Wushu championships. Accepting this offer marks the 5th location change for our school bringing us under the VTMTL banner.


At this time it was to be the 6th and final move to our current location after stepping down as Québec Sanshou Developer for Wushu Canada to once again focus 100% on the development of Chan Wu in Canada.

November 2009

Once again the Canadian branch of Chan Wu proudly bested competitors from over 20 countries bringing home gold, this time from the 2nd World Chan Wu Cup. Receiving Certificate of Leadership from Grandmaster Shi De Yang makes our school today’s source for Chan Wu Federation activity in Canada.

Duizhang Samir Hallouly wins gold medal in the Sanda-60kg category at ITGC 2 in Budapest.


Jiaolian Simon D. Ducharme spent 6 weeks training at Chan Wu Center in Guangzhou China representing the Songshan Chan Wu Canada Academy.


Grandmaster Shi De Yang visits Songshan Chan Wu Canada Academy for the first time and teaches for the first time in Canada to the students of 3 different branches of Shaolin in Québec.


Chan Wu Canada's third International participation at the ITGC 3 Championship in Budapest. Jiaolian Simon captured 2 gold medals (broadsword, staff).

Shixiong Max served as co-organizer and coach for the Québec Provincial Sanshou Championship.


Grandmaster Shi De Yang returns for a second visit to Chan Wu Canada.

Chan wu canada representatives are present at the ten years celebration of Chan Wu International in Budapest, Hungary.

Chan Wu Canada expands with the addition of a new school under the guidance of Jiaolian Simon D. Ducharme.


Master Szabi Ambruzs visits Chan wu canada for teaching.

2016 - present

Through a discipleship ceremony the Montreal school is handed down to Hussein Diab and Nicolas Guibbaud.
Shifu Max oversees the operations of all Chan Wu instructors throughout Québec.