Kung Fu Helps Kids Increase:
Inner Confidence In Every Situation
Inner Discipline and Perseverance
Our Austin Kids kung fu class encourages patience, self-discipline, personal responsibility, empowerment, fitness and of course, self-defense skill. We teach your children in a supportive and fun environment.
You will love to watch them grow and transform as they move up in rank through our system. There is nothing magical about getting a black belt; the magic is who your child becomes on the way to that goal.
Kung Fu Helps Adults Awaken:
Instinctive Self-Defense Skill
A Mentally Empowered Attitude
Inner Discipline and Perseverance
The Kung Fu Austin Adult Program works by transforming a person's fitness, energy, and flexibility. When you combine this new physical feeling with the positive mental state that comes from achieving and exceeding what you thought possible, you will find unbelievable confidence and personal power.
Kung Fu Austin teaches an effective form of self-defense that is 1500 years old. You become a new version of yourself on the path to reaching higher levels. You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start, to become great.
Tai Chi Leads Adults To:
Greater Mental Peace
Balanced and Energetic Health
Greater Mental Focus and Clarity
Tai Chi is a slow-moving, mindfulness practice appropriate for adults of any age. It encourages relaxation, balance, deeper breathing, full-body awareness and smooth distribution of energy (Chi) throughout the body.
At Austin Tai Chi we move slow and gentle, but the energy and power you'll feel will amaze you. Our internal curriculum includes regular Chi Kung breathing exercises. We also have a senior class that meets once a week for an even slower pace. And modification of movement is always welcome when you're dealing with a chronic injury or state.
THE POWER OF KUNG FU TO CHANGE LIVES
Master Joseph and Master Sheryl Schaefer have been training and teaching martial arts together for 30 years. They opened their first Shaolin-Do school in 1987 and have had a school and students ever since. They have used their own training to transform and fuel their own personal growth. Both attended undergraduate training in Biology after being newly married, working full-time to pay their tuition and running a growing martial art school in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1991 they moved to Austin,Texas and started graduate school at UT. Master Sheryl studied insect physiology and Master Joseph studied neurophysiology. Their martial art club became an off-campus school and moved to it’s first full-time location in 1995. Master Joseph got his Doctorate in 1997 and Master Sheryl got her Masters degree in 1998. After much careful thought they both decided that they could have a greater positive impact on the world within their growing Kung Fu and Tai Chi community than they could in science.
In 1999 they took a huge leap and opened a much larger facility in North Austin and now operated schools in North and South Austin, as well as San Marcos and San Antonio. Over the next 4 years, together they would open an additional 5 schools in other parts of the country. Master Sheryl would help grow the presence of women in the adult programs until the school eventually had women all the way to highest ranked students. In 2011, Master Joseph was promoted to 7th degree black belt by Grandmaster Sin, and in 2017 Master Sheryl was promoted to 6th degree black belt. This placed Master Joseph and Master Sheryl as the highest ranked Shaolin-Do teachers in the entire Southwestern United States, and Master Sheryl as one of the highest ranked female practitioners in the entire system.
They continue to train students from white belt all the way to 5th degree black belt and are involved in directly teaching more than 10 classes per week each. They continue to develop the programs and incorporate principles of personal development and transformation into the martial art training. That is the reason why the North Austin Shaolin-Do is the largest one of its kind in the world.
Pictured Above: This is the newly restored Southern Shaolin Temple in Fuching, Fujian Province China. Master Joseph took this picture when he visited in July 2015 with the Shaolin-Do Grandmaster. The Southern Temple is the birthplace of the Shaolin-Do lineage and Fuching is the ancestral hometown for Grandmaster Sin.
4 Reasons To Pick Kung Fu Austin
- MORE CLASSES: We want you to train as often as you can. We don't limit your schedule for our teaching convenience. Why Shaolin? Where else can you attend 10-13 fully instructed adult classes per week for one price? Most Schools in Austin Limit Your Training Time. They charge high prices but they set limits, rules and regulations on your attendance.
- MORE MATERIAL: We teach you more material. Shaolin-Do has more material to learn before reaching black belt than most schools teach in their entire curriculum. The skills and Shaolin forms are taught in a logical and progressive way, so that all students, regardless of their initial physical ability, will achieve skill levels beyond their expectations. Why Shaolin? Because you will not get bored, you will always find forms that work for your body type and personality and you will always grow.
- MORE TEACHERS: Excellent teachers. Each class has multiple instructors in order to provide a more personal learning environment. Students with previous martial art experience tell me that our school has an atmosphere like no other they have tried. We want every class to be a great experience for you. Why Shaolin? You will quickly find that everyone at our school loves what they do and loves to help you have a great class everytime!
- MORE SPACE: We provide well-equipped training spaces.The training spaces are large and safe. North & South Austin are floored with safety mats to protect joints and spines while training. They are both spacious with high ceilings. Why Shaolin? The atmosphere is clean, safe, inspiring and positive.