DAVID BALLANTYNE - 大卫
David began his training in Chinese Martial Arts in 1987 as a Taiji Student at the “Rising Sun School of T’ai Chi Chuan”, here in Toronto, learning Yang Style Taiji, including taiji sword and taiji staff.
In 1990, he began training with Grandmaster Pan Qing Fu after seeing him in the movies, “Shaolin Temple” and “Iron and Silk”.
He eventually became Pan Qing Fu’s disciple and learned many Kung Fu styles taught by Pan, such as, Long Fist, Tiger Style, Bagua, XingYi, Taiji as well as Chin Na and Shuai Jiao.
Pan had an affinity with weapons and passed on to David training in a number of weapons including; Guan Dao, Pu Dao, Staff, Spear, Straight Sword, Broadsword, Double Broadsword, NanDao, Nine-Section Whip, Three-Section Staff, DaGun, Double Daggers and Long Sword.
Alongside Grandmaster Pan, David performed at many tournaments and festivals in Canada, including the opening ceremonies of the Martial Arts Pan Am Games.
Grandmaster Pan Qing Fu passed away in July of 2017 and asked David to eventually pass on his “Iron and Silk Kung Fu”.
Recently David became a student of Shi Chang Dao and has studied at STQI for two years to begin to learn the ways of Shaolin. David studies Shaolin Kung Fu, Gentle Kung Fu and Shaolin Qigong under the guidance of Master Dao.
With coaching from Master Dao, he recently competed with Shaolin Team Canada at the 12th Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival in China in Tong Bei Quan and Yin Shou Gun.
After the death of his Master, Pan Qing Fu, David now travels to China and stays in the Wudang Mountains with Master Yuan Xiu Gang.
During his weeks or months in Wudang he undergoes intensive training and study of Wudang Daoist Traditional Kung Fu, Qigong and Meditation.
To date, he has covered empty hand forms, sword forms, other weapons such as Pu Dao, Fuchen and Internal forms such as Tai Yi forms.