Aaron Arden is exactly what a student hopes for in a martial arts instructor—someone who is not only very well qualified to teach the Shaolin arts, but also lives his life based on the Wu-De Shaolin Code. Sifu Aaron takes the time a student requires to understand not only how to perform moves in a form or technique but also the motivation and purpose behind the move. One of the highlights of my martial arts life was taking classes under Sifu Aaron Arden.
—Micheal Heflin

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Sifu Aaron Arden brings a special kind of enthusiasm to his teaching that really inspires students. Combine that with his in-depth understanding of the arts on so many levels, makes him a very special teacher. And he really knows how to make all that hard work fun!
—Kathy Crowe

The TEMPLE OF THE DRAGON Martial Art and Wellness Schoolis located at 435 W. Dussel Dr. in Maumee, Ohio just south of Toledo.  We offer authentic classes in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Gung), Yoga, Shuai Chiao (Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts or MMA), Hsing-I, Pa-Kua, Chinese Kenpo Karate, and Ch'an(Zen) Meditation. Anyone ages 5 and up, with any level of experience and physical condition can benefit from these traditional arts for health, fitness, stress management, self-defense, spiritual growth and more!  The Temple Of The Dragon teaches a true body, mind, and spirit experience through the traditional Shaolin Kung Fu arts the way they have been practiced for over 1500 years.  True self-defense is not just of the body, but of the mind and spirit as well.  Through your training at the Temple Of The Dragon you will come to realize that true peace and happiness comes through self-cultivation of the body, mind, and spirit!
**Summer Special:  For a limited time get your first month free with membership!! 
There is no better time to get in shape and have something to show for it, then right now! 
Come and learn a beautiful art form while taking control of your health!

 Strength does not come from physical capacity, but from an indomitable will.
- Ghandi

Here's how classes at the Temple of the Dragon can change your life!
  • Relieve stress
  • Greater health and fitness
  • Lose excess weight
  • Decrease joint pain and inflammation
  • Increase peace of mind
  • Strong self-defense and combat skills
  • Reduce negative thought patterns and habits
  • Increase fitness
  • Improve mental clarity and focus
  • Increase vitality and energy
  • A more positive spirit and outlook on life
  • Bringing harmony to everything you do
  • Help alleviate chronic ailments
  • Reduce need for medication
  • Improve balance
  • It's fun and motivating!
"You will see significant changes in 2 short weeks!"

Three ways to try out our classes: 
  • Free One hour Intro Class (Sign Up Below)
  • Sign up for a 1 or 3 month Boot Camp to try it out
  • Sign up for one of our 4 formal Membership Programs (More info on our classes page)
All of this in a traditional setting with traditional instructors in private and semi private classes under the leadership of Sifu Aaron Arden. Every student will receive top notch individual instruction no matter what their fitness levels are. We take pride in creating a plan for each student to steadily follow and complete their goals!

The majority of martial arts, yoga and health centers today have unfortunately lost the traditional teachings - rooted in Zen Meditation, Yoga Sutras and Philosophy that go along with the kicking, punching and body exercises. Without these teachings you are simply learning empty movement.

Fortunately, a handful of martial arts schools do maintain the essential teachings that will help you cultivate your total mind, body and spirit. The Temple of the Dragon is among the very best of these schools.

Our classes offer a complete mind, body and spirit development program if your primary goals include stress reduction, relaxation, optimal health and well-being, improved fitness, longevity, weight control, greater self-awareness, refinement of martial arts skills, better balance and coordination, true peace of mind and greater spiritual cultivation.

If your goals include getting into the best physical shape of your life, learning top-notch self-defense and combat skills, learning strategies for self-protection, and developing the superior confidence, discipline, bravery and wisdom that traditional martial arts are known for, Our classes in Shaolin Kung Fu and Shaui Chiao Kung Fu (Chinese grappling) are for you.

See for yourself how martial arts can help you achieve some of life's most meaningful gifts: Peace of mind, harmony, spiritual awakening, health and fitness, confidence, greater wisdom and compassion.
When it comes to your well-being, don't just take our word for it
"I have been taking classes at the Temple Of The Dragon for almost a year now and it's amazing what it has done for me over all.  Everything about me is better!  The head instructor, the other students, and the training are all amazing!  I am so glad I found this place!  Thank you so much!"

Literally hundreds of scientific studies show that learning the arts of Tai Chi and Kung Fu can dramatically improve your health and well-being. For example:

• "Tai Chi reduces stress responses, lowering the incidence of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and general mood disturbance." (Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 1989 Vol 33(2) 197-206)

• "70% of all doctor's visits are due to stress." (Stress Management & Relaxation Technology, 1997)

• "Research directly comparing the practice of martial arts with other physical activities suggests that martial arts training produces positive psychosocial changes that are greater in magnitude and diversity than those produced by many other physical activities." (Brad Binder, Phd., 1999,2007)

• "Tai Chi boosts the immune system." (Prevention Magazine v.42 May 1990, p. 14-15)

• Like Yoga, Tai Chi can "Slow the aging process..." (QiGong, The Art & Science of Chinese Energy Healing, Kenneth S. Cohen, Ballentine Books, NY, 1997)

• Authentic Tai Chi "Improves postural control, while stretching toning, and relaxing the body in a cumulative way that no other exercise can achieve." (American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1992 Apr Vol 46 (4) 295-300)

At The Temple of the Dragon you'll not only learn the physical side of each art, but also how to make healthy lifestyle choices that complement your training. These lifestyle factors include diet and nutrition, sleep habits, time management, exercise routines, reducing bad habits and unhealthy vices, associating with positive and optimistic people, being attuned to nature's cycles and living in accord with them, learning to be mindful of the moment, and many other factors.

Register for a Free Introductory Lesson!

We would love the opportunity to meet you and give you a Free Introductory Lesson. See for yourself how we can help you gain any of the very real benefits promised above. During the introductory lesson we will discuss your needs and goals and assess which of our programs can best help you achieve those goals. We will explain all of the features and benefits of our programs, answer any questions you might have about our programs.

Simply fill out the Application Form below, or call 419 344 1559.

Application for Martial Arts and Tai Chi Introductory Lesson

By filling out this form you are signing up for the next available introductory class time.

Date of Birth:      Male    Female
If under 18, name of
parent or guardian:
Street Address:
City: State: Zip:
Day Phone:
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How did you hear about The Temple of the Dragon?

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1. What got you interested in enrolling in our classes?

2. The following is a list of some of the benefits of our classes. Please check those items that you feel are important for you right now.

Stress reduction Fitness Weight Control
Positive Spirit Combat Skills Self-Defense
Flexibility Overcoming Ailments Spiritual Development

3. Do you live in the greater Toledo area?    Yes   No

4. Do you work in the greater Toledo area?    Yes   No

5. Do you expect to stay in the area for the foreseeable future?    Yes   No  

6. Most of our adult classes are in the evenings and on Saturday. Will you be able to attend a minimum of two classes per week on a regular basis? Yes   No

7. Our average tuition for our beginner's classes is between $100 to $130 a month.  Will that be manageable for you? Yes   No

8. If you have a spouse or significant other, will you need that person's support and approval before joining our program? Yes   No   If yes, that person should attend the Introductory session with you. Can you arrange that? Yes   No  

9. Why do you feel a traditional, formal Martial Arts School might be right for you?

Please check the best times for your Introductory Tour and Class:

Wednesday, 6pm (Tai Chi) Wednesday, 7pm (Kung Fu)
Friday, 6pm (Tai Chi) Friday, 7pm (Kung Fu)
None of these times are good for me. (We try to be flexible, where possible. If you need to schedule at a different time, please call 419 344 1559.)

We try whenever possible to make a courtesy call to remind you of your appointment. Please indicate the best time to reach you to confirm your appointment:

day    evening    cell

Sites of Interest

Affiliated Schools

• Somers, NY
The Dragon and Crane
Master John Scattaretico

• Charlotte, North Carolina
Hall of The Peaceful Dragon
Master Eric Sbarge

• Mobile, Alabama
Changing Dragon of the South
Sifu Jay Proescher

• Auburn, Indiana
Hall of the Changing Dragon
Sifu Greg Vick

• Columbia, SC
Columbia Tai Chi Center
Sifu Wes Adams

Other Links of Note

White Tiger Kenpo

Esoteric and Internal Martial Arts

Kenpo Thoughts

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Empty Flower Forum

Dharma Drum Mountain

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