VSC was founded on the belief that physical fitness & martial arts can change lives. Our goal is to create a grassroots platform that enables us to leverage shared power & solidarity in service of our community while creating a beautiful training space that welcomes all beings and bodies.

Our students truly change lives while changing their own: we fund 90% of all operational & capital costs through our services, the remainder of which comes from the kindness and goodwill of our donors.

If you support our work and would like to make a donation to our programs, please do so here. We’re very grateful for your support.

We operate the following initiatives to support our DTES & Chinatown community:

– A “never turned away for lack of funds” policy for all of our classes, allowing students to pay what they can, when they can;

– We believe that our future depends on youth in the community, and all youth peer-mentors are paid a living wage + provided with discretionary funding to support their students;

– Sponsored spaces in all of our workshops and courses, covering 50-100% scholarships;

– Sponsored gym memberships & private/small-group coaching hours for community members in need, prioritizing Indigenous students in need;

– Sponsored training sessions for urban street-involved youth, prioritizing Indigenous students in need;

– An “individuals before outcomes” approach to youth mentorship, as our goal is always to empower the individual NOT to force them into a specific career or role within our community;

Our work by the numbers:


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Please note that the dignity and inherent rights of the marginalized youth we serve remain more important to us than reporting all data, and as such we omit certain data from collection and publication. This includes data on our “pay what you can” policy for classes, personal stories of our youth, or data on the impact of our programs on factors such as suicide prevention.

While we are confident that our programs create a positive impact in the lives of our students – as they so often share with us – there will never be any grants or donations that make it worth betraying the trust of the youth who call our gym home.

Youth train with us for free, without the expectation of an invasive survey that treats them as if they were a nameless “at risk” demographic.

Clients who train at our gym are privy to this information by virtue of the strong & lasting bonds they form with our youth, who choose to disclose information with our clients as they see fit.

We appreciate your understanding.