Bio's & Lineage

Chang San Feng passed his knowledge on to Wang Zong, Chen Tong Shou, Zhang Son Xi, Yeji Mei, Wang Zong Yue and Jiang Fa, who passed the art to Chen Wang Ting, who taught Chen Chang Xin, Chen You Ben and Chen Jing Ping.  It was through the Chen Chang Xin lineage that Yang Lu Chan acquired his skills.  His son, Yang Jian, taught Yang Chen Fu, who taught General Chan Yueng, who taught Sigung John Oliver Peel in the 1970's.  


 Sigung John Oliver Peel

Founder of Temple Knights in 1982, Sigung John Peel has been studying and researching many different styles of martial arts including Hungar, Wing Chun, Tai Chi Chuan, Aikido, Sword and Ninjitsu since the early 1960's. He is a second generation student of Yang Chen Fu and a student of Master Ho Shu Ying. Inspired by Bruce Lee, his style is enriched by the practice of the soft internal styles and he has a deep understanding of Chi, movement, combat strategy/tactics, the meditative mind and philosophy. Sigung John Peel states, "It has been my pleasure to guide many seekers into the path of spiritual enlightenment through the martial arts." Sigung Peel teaches some private and group classes in Muskoka, Ontario where he lives on his  170 acre retreat and he also travels to many locations teaching insightful seminars and courses.  Seminar arrangements can be made throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Sigung John Peel is also the author of the resourceful book "Tai Chi Journey." Sigung John Oliver Peel is also a producer, writer, composer, director, actor, choreographer, painter, pilot, bonsai master, co-founder of The National Martial Arts Theatre Company, and has starred in several acclaimed martial arts instructional videos/dvd's selling on the international market.

In 2009 Master Peel took home a gold medal for his Yang style Tai Chi form and a silver for his saber, the two catagories in which he participated in the Canadian Tai Chi Open Championships.

Master John Oliver Peel is a Judge with Wu Shu Ontario.



Sifu Valerie Houston -Peel

Sifu Valerie, co-owner and administrator of Temple Knights has been studying Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung,  Meditation, weapons and spiritual study since 1982 and teaching since 1985. She has her Black Belt in Kung Fu and teaches the children's Kung fu programs. She specializes in Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Meditation, Tai Chi Sword and Sabre.  Over the years, Sifu Valerie has incorporated the Chinese Five Element Health System into her practice, and teaches group and private classes throughout Muskoka.  She conducts corporate Health & Wellness seminars and Women's Wellness Retreats. Sifu Valerie designs her programs to nourish mind, body and spirit in accordance with the seasons and has seen many transformations in the lives of her students. Sifu Valerie is also a producer and created the first Tai Chi exercise show on television in the 1980's as well as many  instructional dvd's and theatrical productions.  Sifu Valerie is  featured on several health and fitness DVD's selling internationally. 



Si-je (senior student) Janna Clarke

Si-je Janna runs the Temple Knights in Pembroke and studies martial arts under the guidance of Temple Knights Sigung (teacher of teachers) John Oliver Peel and Sifu (teacher) Valerie Houston-Peel.  Sije Janna specializes in  Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Meditation, and Kung Fu.  She has been teaching Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and Weapons since 1999 with the Upper Ottawa Valley Tai Chi Club; and teaching Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Chi Kung, and Meditation since 2006 with Temple Knights.  Janna runs workshops and teachers' training sessions for the Upper Ottawa Valley Tai Chi Club.  She also performs in demonstrations, gives presentations for local interest groups and is available for private classes.   Janna enjoys teaching others how to nourish their body, mind, and spirit through the martial arts.   As a dedicated and highly disciplined martial artist, Janna was drawn to the Knighthood Program in 2001. Since then she has been sharpening her skills and building the characteristics of a knight. She became a Novice (knight in training) in 2004 and tests regularly for her rank promotion.





Mindy Thomas - Assistant Teacher 

Mindy has been studying with Temple Knights since 2001. She specializes in Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Meditation and enjoys exploring weaponry as an extension of technique and chi. She feels the balance of mind, body and soul and of hard and soft styles central to the Temple Knights system to be of utmost importance to a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. In keeping with this, Mindy endeavors to assist her students in finding healthy balance in their lives.




Richard Cowley

Richard has lived and worked in the Muskoka area for over 20 years. He moved to the Gravenhurst area in 1989 and has lived in Bala since 2004. He has been a self employed contractor in the heating and petroleum industry during this time. After recognizing the toll the physical and mental stress were taking, he began studying Tai Chi Chuan with the Temple Knights Wu Shu academy in 2005. It was a life changing decision. The physical, mental and spiritual benefits have been profound. In addition to the regular classes, Richard is also two years into the Teacher's Certificate course. Under the guidance of the Temple Knights Academy, he is now looking forward to teaching an introductory Tai Chi course.


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BarbP_bio.jpgBarbara Pryce

Barbara retired from teaching elementary school in 1998 and moved to Muskoka where she had spent a lifetime of summers. Having studied for years at the Centre of Movement in Toronto, her desire to continue instruction led her, in 2002, to Sifu Valerie's class where she discovered that Tai Chi offered opportunities for physical, mental and spiritual growth. A decade as a caregiver lent insight into the potential realities of old age. It became obvious to her that Tai Chi, practised regularly, was an excellent way to maintain balance, strength and flexibility as well as mental clarity and focus. Hence Temple Knights became a constant influence in her life and she enjoys the challenge of sword, staff and sabre.