Sifu Stéphane Patenaude
Sifu Stéphane Patenaude was born in Ottawa, Ontario to Linda and Sijo Jacques Patenaude. He is the eldest son of four Patenaude children, Martin, Christine and Sîlvain. Stéphane began training in the Martial arts at age 4 but officially started his training in 1986.
In a twist of fate, it was also at this time that he introduced one of his best friends, Patrick Marcil to the world of Kung-Fu. Who would of thought that his best friend would climb the ranks along his side, and one day marry his sister and they would open 2 martial art schools together?
As a young child, Stéphane possessed an uncanny ability to learn techniques simply by watching and mimicking what adult students were practicing. It wasn’t long before he learned an old, 108 movement Wing Chun form called Sil Lim Tao by observation alone. This autodidactic quality would serve him later on in his career.
He along with Sifu Patrick Marcil opened their first Kung Fu school on St. Joseph Blvd, in Orleans on September 15th, 1994 and shortly after, their second school in Gatineau, Quebec. Sifu Stéphane’s present day school is located at 2035 Lanthier Drive and is at the cutting edge of what a professional martial art training center should be.
There are 2 areas that Stéphane gravitates towards: personal protection through effective street self-defense techniques, Muay Thai and Sanshou (Kickboxing) techniques. And, making a difference in children’s lives by offering an award winning Kids Program where they can learn to increase their confidence and self-esteem, as well as giving them a positive outlet to have fun and instill in them leadership qualities they can use while growing up.
Stéphane truly exudes the qualities of a martial artist, making a difference in his community by supporting local events and charities. He challenges himself, fulfilling a desire to compete and represent Fang Shen Do in World Kobudo Federation or European Kickboxing matches. He uses the same principles and applies them to his construction business, or his other passion: playing professional softball and winning the Canadian Championship in Quebec City.
His dedication to martial arts and softball demonstrates his passion to commitment, teamwork and physical activity. Stéphane offers this piece of advice to his students and uses it as his personal motto:
“I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strengths and power rest inside me”
Stéphane believes in the power of these words. They allow him to believe that he has only just begun the journey to success in his life.
One of his future goals is to help make Competitive Sanshou an Olympic Sport and to train a new breed of Sanshou fighters to represent Fang Shen Do at local, national and world events. His ultimate goal is to achieve greatness in business as well as within his personal life.