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Head Instructor

Jean-Philippe Ranger (Practical Chen Taiji, Beishaolin, Hunyuan Taijiquan)

Senior Instructor

Charles Bélanger (Beishaolin)

Assistant Instructors

Jean-Philippe Ranger (21st generation disciple of Chen Taiji)

Co-founder and head instructor of the Stonelion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Jean-Philippe Ranger has been practicing Chinese martial arts since the age of 18. Jean-Philippe also holds a PhD in Greek Philosophy from the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the University of Ottawa.

1991-1999: Focus on External Martial Arts

1991: Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts.
1991-1998: Studied Shaolin Wuxingmen (and Modern Arnis) at the Young Forest Kung Fu Club in Ottawa.
1991-2002: Studied Gu Ruzhang’s Beishaolin system from his teacher Mathieu Ravignat.
1991: Co-founded the Stone Lion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association at the University of Ottawa, with his teacher Mathieu Ravignat (acted as assistant instructor until 2002).
2002: Appointed as the head-instructor of the Stonelion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association (which includes three branches: St-John’s, Newfoundland; Ottawa, Ontario and Montréal, Québec).
1996-1997: Learned the Wu Style Taiji form at the Club de Judo de la Vielle Capitale (Quebec City).
1998: During travels in Asia and Australia, Jean-Philippe had the opportunity to meet and train with various teachers.
Studied Tibetan White Crane with the Pak Hok Kung Fu International Association in Australia
Met and trained in Meihuaquan and Wujia Taijiquan with Master Chen Shaoying in Bangkok.

1999 – present: Focus on Internal Martial Arts

1999: Met his current teacher and master, Kee Hong (disciple of Chen Zhonghua), and was introduced to Hunyuan Taiji and Hong Junsheng’s Chen style Pratical Methods.
1999-2004: Focused primarily, although not exclusively on Grandmaster Feng’s Hunyuan Taiji and Qigong. Attended several of Master Chen Zhonghua’s workshops.
2002: Became a 21st generation disciple of Chen style Taiji under Master Kee Hong.
2003: Spent several months in Paris, France, where he met and trained with his “Taiji great-aunt,” Master Lac Lemy (Hunyuan Taiji).
Since 2004: Has decided to focuses primarily on and dedicate his efforts to Grandmaster Hong Junsheng’s Chen Style Practical System and Push-Hands.

Jean-Philippe is also an authorized instructor of the Hunyuan Taiji Academy.

Charles J. Bélanger

Senior Instructor of the Stonelion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association

Charles J. Bélanger started his martial art training at the age of 16 years. In 1990, he was first introduced to traditional Chinese martial arts by his former instructor, Shifu Mathieu Ravignat. Individual classes were then offered in his instructor’s basement, and were most rigorous, both physically and mentally.  Yet, this challenge was most fulfilling.  Moreover, the close relationship Charles enjoyed with his Shifu has geared his approach and philosophy towards teaching and practicing Kung Fu.

Charles joined the University of Ottawa Shaolin Kung Fu School (nowadays the “Stonelion Kung Fu Academy”) upon its foundation in 1991. He was therefore able to receive additional training in the art of Gu Ruzhang’s Northern Shaolin (Beishaolin). To this day, Charles considers that it was a privilege and an honor to have trained under Shifu Ravignat, whose demanding and meticulous teaching approach have set high standards for all Stonelion students. Charles is most thankful for Shifu Ravigant’s endless generosity and exemplary conduct with respect to traditional Kung Fu.

Throughout his training in Northern Shaolin, Charles has also studied closely related styles, such as Tan Tui, Gong Li Chuan, Lian Bu Chuan, Lohan Shi Ba Shou (18 hands of Buddha), as well as internal and external Qigong. He has had the opportunity to deepen his knowledge of Chinese martial arts under great and benevolent instructors of Wu style and Chen style Tai Chi Chuan and Hebei Xing Yi Chuan.

In 2001, Charles founded the “Stonelion Northern Shaolin Kung Fu School” in Montreal, Quebec. This school offers classes which invite students to develop a strong will by way of rigorous training, the whole in a respectful and sincere environment.  The school aims at protecting the integrity of traditional Chinese Kung Fu.  Patrice Yew is now responsible for carrying on the tradition in Montreal.

Since 2007, Charles has been teaching Northern Shaolin Kung Fu at the University of Ottawa and La Cité collégiale, as Senior Instructor of the Stonelion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association.

Finally, Charles would like to extend his most sincere thanks to My-Phuong Van for her endless dedication, unconditional support and unlimited generosity in making the Stonelion Kung Fu Academy a success, both in Ottawa and Montreal. Anh yêu em nhiê`u la(‘m!

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Charles J. Bélanger a débuté son entraînement dans les arts martiaux à l’âge de 16 ans.  En 1990, il fut introduit aux arts martiaux traditionnels chinois par son premier instructeur, Shifu Mathieu Ravignat.  Les cours individuels étaient alors offerts dans le sous-sol de son instructeur, et étaient très rigoureux, tant physiquement que mentalement.  Or, ce défi était fort enrichissant.  De plus, l’étroite relation dont Charles a pu bénéficier avec son Shifu guide son approche et sa philosophie lors de son enseignement et sa pratique du Kung Fu.

Charles s’est joint à l’École de Shaolin Kung Fu de l’Université d’Ottawa (maintenant nommée “l’Académie de Kung Fu Stonelion“) lors de sa fondation en 1991.  Il a ainsi pu recevoir de l’entraînement additionnel dans l’art du Shaolin du nord de Gu Ruzhang’s (Beishaolin).  À ce jour, Charles considère que ce fut un privilège et un honneur d’avoir bénéficié de l’enseignement rigoureux et minutieux offert par Shifu Ravignat, lequel a su créer un haut standard pour tous les étudiants de Stonelion.  Charles le remercie d’ailleurs de sa grande générosité et de son approche exemplaire à l’égard du kung-fu traditionnel.

Dans le cadre de sa formation en Shaolin du nord, Charles a également étudié des styles qui y sont étroitement liés, dont Tan Tui, Gong Li Chuan, Lian Bu Chuan, Lohan Shi Ba Shou (18 mains de Bouddha), ainsi que du Chi Kung interne et externe.  Charles a aussi eu le privilège d’approfondir ses connaissances des arts martiaux chinois grâce à l’excellence et à la bienveillance de ses instructeurs de Tai Chi Chuan, style Wu et Chen, et de Xing Yi Chuan, style Hebei.

En 2001, Charles a fondé l’École Stonelion de Northern Shaolin Kung-Fu à Montréal, Québec.  Cette école offre des cours qui invitent les étudiantes et étudiants à développer une forte détermination grâce à un entraînement intensif, le tout dans un environnement respectueux et sincère.  L’école a pour vision notamment de protéger l’intégrité du Kung Fu traditionnel chinois.  Martin Roy est aujourd’hui responsable de l’enseignement à Montréal.

Finalement, Charles profite de l’occasion pour remercier chaleureusement My-Phuong Van qui, par son dévouement inlassable, son appui inconditionnel et sa générosité illimitée, a collaboré énormément au succès de l’Académie de Kung Fu Stonelion, tant à Ottawa qu’à Montréal.  Anh yêu em nhiê`u la(‘m!

Gilles Charlebois

Assistant Instructor of the Stonelion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association

2006 to date
Continues training under Charles Bélanger.

2005 to date
Assists in teaching Beishaolin and qigong at the University of Ottawa.

Continued training in Beishaolin with Mai Nguyen. Also studied qigong.

1998 – 2002
Studied Beishaolin with Mathieu Ravignat (former head instructor and co-founder of the Stonelion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association). Also learnt from classmates Jean-Philippe Ranger (current Head Instructor) and Charles J. Bélanger (Senior Instructor).


Participated in many workshops taught by Kee Hong (20th generation disciple of Chen Taiji).

Patrice Yew

Assistant-instructeur de l’Association des arts martiaux traditionnels chinois Stonelion

Felicity Brown

Assistant Instructor of the Stonelion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association

Something had been whispering to me about kung fu for awhile before I stepped into my first class on a heavily snow-covered evening. I hadn’t had much exposure to this art before: my love of martial arts started in Tae Kwon Do, which I studied for several years, but I’d never even watched many kung fu movies; so what was this chill of excitement when I’d hear it mentioned? For example, I don’t remember where or when I first watched “The Matrix”, but I do remember how I felt when Neo looked out, awestruck, and said with wonder: “I know Kung Fu!”. I wanted that.

In real life, you can’t replace diligent training with being programmed through a plug in the back of your head. I wouldn’t want to, anyway (freaky and disturbing and way too easy!). Kung fu is all about personal growth through self-discipline and challenge. I left that first class exhausted, sweaty, bruised… and grinning like a fool. I knew then that I was in the right place! I brag about those bruises, and some of my friends question whether I’m quite well in the head… but I leave every class feeling like I’ve learned and accomplished something, as even the smallest improvements feel like milestones. I’ve since also begun studying Chen Taiji with Kee Hong, and am grateful for that connection.

I am humbled and honoured to be among the Assistant Instructors of Stonelion. I thank and appreciate my martial arts family, especially Charles, my teacher and friend, who told me when I started that “everyone begins their kung fu journey when they are ready”: I’ve often reminded myself of this when I find myself wishing I’d “found kung fu” sooner. Thank you for your guidance and encouragement along the way. My journey is still young, but every step has been rewarding, and here’s to many more!

Nicolás David Quintero

Assistant Instructor of the Stonelion Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association

Why kung fu?

Although unsure about the main reasons for stubbornly aiming to find and try out a kung fu school, many arguments come to mind when thinking about staying and continuing my training.

Was it the graceful power hidden in every movement? Was it the challenge of performing forms? Was it enlightening discipline? Or perhaps all of the above and more? I could not tell.

I was somehow lucky to meet a great teacher, a friend who kept me motivated and at the same time allowed me to grow at my own pace. I met other friends, my kung fu sisters and brothers, who made me realize some of my weaknesses and strengths, for what I am grateful.

The reasons listed could go on and on but overall kung fu paves a smooth path through adversity while helping me maintain a healthy body. A good balance of my physical and psychological being summarize thus my passion towards kung fu.



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