Bruce Lee was a disruptor in the world of martial arts.  Through his skill and audacity Bruce Lee introduced the idea that we do not need to conform to the structure of one system.  Through out his career he demonstrated the value of mixing these distinct cultural expressions of fighting, and at the same time he called for the end of racism becoming for many, a symbol of universal respect.

Zirger Academy and Fighting Arts Collective are my personal and social expression of the philosophies and concepts illuminated by the late Bruce Lee.  In my school we reach for understanding in combat through an open lens, always open to refocusing on new ways of looking at the subject.

Our school is a research and development oriented group.  There is so much of value in martial arts around the world, our senior members travel train and bring it back here for us to work on.  We are constantly looking at the latest trends in fitness, mobility, and martial arts training methods.  The work is always mentally stimulating and that means you barely notice the physical effort you will be adding to your personal development.  Our goal is to ensure that our programs cater to a diverse range of individuals, who are keen to learn and develop their martial arts skills in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Shawn with Karambit
  • Are you tired of the same old boring workouts and cookie-cutter martial arts classes? Look no further than the home of Zirger Academy, Fighting Arts Collective. The ultimate destination for those seeking an unparalleled fitness experience and real-world combat training.
  • Founded by a team of world-class instructors in 2004, FAC is the premier combative martial arts school in Toronto, offering a variety of programs tailored to your individual needs and interests. From kids and teen programs to family classes and weapons skills, we've got you covered.
  • But we don't just focus on physical training. At FAC, we believe in instilling the values of collaboration, healthy living, and the pursuit of warriorship in each and every one of our students. That's why we offer unconventional fitness programs designed to push you to your limits and help you reach your full potential.
  • And if you're looking for something truly unique, our workshops, events, and seminars featuring local and international instructors are not to be missed. Learn the ancient art of Silat, master the deadly techniques of Kalis Ilustrisimo, or discover the explosive power of capoeira.
  • So what are you waiting for? Come and discover what your inner warrior looks like at Fighting Arts Collective. With a commitment to real-world solutions and historical context, we're not your average martial arts studio. Come see for yourself why we're the talk of the town.

lexus Executive

“I was looking for a place to learn Kalis, Escrima , Arnis and found out that the instructors here are world renown. I started joining the JKD classes and then fell in love with Silat. If you are looking for a great place to learn martial arts this is the place.”


Lillian S.

“My daughter has tried several programs around the city and by far loves Silat at FAC the most. As a parent I feel she is well attended to and challenged just the right amount. The environment is warm, professional and the instructors seem truly invested in the kids. I’m so grateful to this place and the care the owners have put into the space and the program.”

everyone can find the right class
for their needs

Our students join the Zirger Academy for many different reasons.
We respect that, which is why we offer a wide variety of classes at every level.

We have tailored classes specifically for you.

Martial arts can be a great way for teens to stay active, develop self-discipline and confidence, and learn important self-defense skills. If your teen is interested in karate martial arts, there are many benefits to be gained from regular practice.

Here are some key reasons why teens might want to consider taking up martial arts:

  • Physical fitness: Martial arts can provide a full-body workout that helps to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. Many martial arts also involve intense training that can help to build endurance and improve overall physical fitness.
  • Self-defense skills: Learning martial arts can provide valuable self-defense skills that can help teens feel more confident and prepared in dangerous situations. Many martial arts also emphasize the importance of avoiding conflict whenever possible and using self-defense only as a last resort.
  • Self-discipline: Martial arts often require a high level of self-discipline and focus, which can be beneficial for teens who struggle with attention or impulse control. Consistent practice can help to build habits of discipline and self-control that can translate to other areas of life.
  • Confidence: As teens progress in their martial arts training, they will likely experience a boost in confidence as they master new skills and techniques. This can help to build self-esteem and a positive self-image.
  • Stress relief: Martial arts can be a great way for teens to relieve stress and manage anxiety. Many martial arts involve meditation and breathing exercises that can help to calm the mind and promote relaxation.

Overall, however, martial arts can be a great way for teens to develop important physical and mental skills while also having fun and staying active.

Martial arts is a dynamic and engaging activity for kids that can benefit them both physically and mentally. Here are some additional reasons why starting a kid in martial arts can be a great decision:

  • Self-discipline: Martial arts require focus, commitment, and self-discipline. Kids can learn the value of perseverance and the satisfaction of achieving their goals.
  • Coordination and Balance: Martial arts involve movements that require coordination, balance, and body control. Kids can improve their overall physical abilities and reduce their risk of injury..
  • Respect for others: Most martial arts emphasize respect for others, including instructors, classmates, and opponents. Learning to interact with others in a respectful manner can help kids develop empathy and social skills.
  • Fun: Perhaps most importantly, martial arts can be a lot of fun for kids! By learning new skills, sparring with classmates, and participating in fun games and activities, kids can enjoy a dynamic and engaging activity that keeps them excited and motivated.

If you're considering enrolling your child in a martial arts class, please consider us and book in a free class. While you are here, talk to instructors and other parents to get a sense of the school's culture, safety practices, and teaching philosophy. With the right guidance and support, martial arts can be an excellent way for kids to develop physical skills, mental resilience, and social connections that can last a lifetime.

The Fighting Arts Adult martial arts program is truly amazing for several reasons. First and foremost, our program is designed to provide a comprehensive and effective training experience that caters to adults of all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. Our experienced instructors work with each student to help them set and achieve their personal goals, whether that be improving fitness, building confidence, or mastering a specific martial art discipline.

  • In addition, our program emphasizes the development of both physical and mental strength. Through our training, students are able to improve their balance, flexibility, and endurance, while also cultivating discipline, focus, and resilience. This holistic approach to training ensures that our students are not only skilled fighters, but also well-rounded individuals who are better equipped to handle the challenges of everyday life.
  • Another key aspect of our adult martial arts program is the sense of community that we cultivate. Our gym is a welcoming and supportive space where students can train alongside like-minded individuals who share a passion for martial arts. This creates a positive and motivating environment that encourages students to push themselves to new heights.
  • Overall, the Fighting Arts adult martial arts program is amazing because it provides a well-rounded, effective, and supportive training experience that helps students improve both their physical and mental well-being. Whether you're looking to learn self-defense, get in shape, or simply try something new, our program has something to offer for everyone.

Irene T.

“My favourite place to train in Toronto! Great atmosphere fantastic teachers. Very lucky to have this dojo in our neighborhood!”


Eric E.

“The classes taught here range from the commonly accepted to the nearly unknown. They sponsor seminars from some of the best teachers in the world, at least in my opinion and their instructors are doing this because they love what they do, not because they want to sell belts. .”

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