Welcome to the Temple of the Dragon

The Temple of the Dragon Martial Art and Wellness School is located at 5444 Airport Highway in Toledo, OH.

We offer authentic classes in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Gung), Shaolin Yoga, Shuai Chiao (Grappling, 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.

Traditional Chinese Martial Arts

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 cultivate your total mind, body and spirit.

The Temple of the Dragon is among the very best of these schools.

All of our private and semi private classes are taught in a traditional setting with traditional instructors under the leadership of Sifu Aaron Arden. Every student receives 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!

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, Our Internal Arts program offers a complete mind, body and spirit development program.

If your goals include achieving 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 external arts program with classes in Shaolin Kung Fu and Shuai Jiao(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.

To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill

— Sun Tsu

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Special Events @
Temple of the Dragon

26th Annual Great Lakes Kung Fu Championships @ Maple Heights High School
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day

For 26 years the Great Lakes Kung Fu Championships have been the region’s spot for traditional Chinese Martial Arts action. Over 150 divisions of traditional northern, southern, internal, weapons, light contact sparring and Shuai Chiao (Chinese Wrestling).

This year it will be held at the Wiley Athletic Center located on the campus of Maple Heights High School.

More info, rules, hotels etc at http://shaolininstitute.com .

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2018 @ Common Space Arts Council
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Harmony in Motion, Temple of the Dragonand other Tai Chi groups from Toledo and Northwest Ohio as they celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2018.

Everybody is welcome to learn and participate in Qigong and Tai Chi and  to enjoy great Tai Chi demos from different schools and clubs in our area. Temple of the Dragon students will perform a section of Chang Style Tai Chi, and Sifu Arden will lead everybody in a qigong set along with many other demonstrations and qigong exercises from other groups.

This event is free to the public and starts promptly at 10AM on the grounds of Common Space Arts Council. Alterrnate indoor venue available on the same property, so this event will be held rain or shine!



Shaolin Workshop with Venerable Guolin Shi @ The Peaceful Dragon
May 4 – May 6 all-day

Friday May 4,through May 6
Nicknamed the “Iron Arhat”, Venerable Guolin Shi was the former head monk and teacher at China’s famed Shaolin Temple who is world-renowned for his expertise in all facets of Shaolin training. He is a long-time friend of The Peaceful Dragon, and while he rarely travels from his own Overseas Shaolin Temple in New York, he has led near-annual workshops here at The Peaceful Dragon.

Shaolin includes the practices of Chan (Zen) meditation, qigong (energy work), internal and external forms of kung fu, and much more. This comprehensive workshop is ideal for students who have at least some experience in tai chi, kung fu or qigong, though beginners with no experience are still welcome and can surely benefit from it.

The curriculum in this workshop will include a combination of traditional Shaolin qigong and meditation, empty-hand forms, and self-defense techniques and applications. You will learn an Internal/External form called Shaolin Chang Hu Xin Yi Men Quan Form.

Workshop hours: Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 9-5pm; and Sunday 10-4pm.

Early-bird savings before April 9: Public $299, Peaceful Dragon introductory-level students and their families $229, Peaceful Dragon mastery-level students $199. After April 9 add $25. Please register at our front service counter or call to register at (704)504-8866.

Mountain Tai Chi Retreat @ YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day

Mountain Tai Chi Retreat
Friday October 19,through Oct. 21
Relax and rejuvenate while enjoying intensive instruction and practice in the Chinese health and martial art of tai chi, complemented with sessions of qigong, Zen meditation, pakua, and yoga.

Led by Master Eric Sbarge, director and head instructor of The Peaceful Dragon in Charlotte, NC, the retreat will be held at the beautiful YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC, just 10 minutes from Asheville.

Suited for beginners or advanced practitioners, from teens to senior citizens, the retreat includes all instruction, comfortable lodging, and all meals except for Saturday evening when you’ll have free time to explore downtown Asheville or simply relax on your own in the wooded mountains with hundreds of acres and many beautiful vistas and trails.

At this retreat you’ll receive in-depth instruction and practice in Taoist breathing methods, Taoist standing and sitting meditations, Chang Style tai chi solo form, Yang Style broadsword form for qigong and applications, tui-shou (push hands) drills, and much more. NOTE: Please bring a broadsword, or we will have a few available for purchase if needed. We recommend a wooden broadsword for applications, and a metal one for form practice though you can use either for both.

We have a limited number of rooms available, register early!

Early-Bird Special Pricing by September 1:
Double occupancy: $595 public; $455 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliated schools’ students AND their family members! (We will gladly assign you a roommate if you wish).
Single occupancy: $745 public; $575 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliated schools’ students or family members.
After September 1st, add $75

A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot. Full payment must be received no later than September 20th.

To register call us at 704-504-8866 or register at our front service counter.


The Temple of the Dragon

Traditional Chinese Martial Arts

5444 Airport Highway
Toledo, OH