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Austin
Kung Fu & Tai Chi

Makes Life Better

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How Does It “Make Life Better”?

  • ENERGIZE Yourself Everyday
  • REDUCE Stress, Tension and Anxiety
  • EXPLODE Confidence & Self-Assurance
  • SUPER-CHARGE Your Attitude
  • TRANSFORM Health & Fitness

Recent Student Testimonial

“You can’t ask for a better martial arts learning experience than what is provided here. We have participated in adult and kids Kung Fu during in-class sessions and virtually during the lock down in 2020, and it’s evident Masters Joe, Sheryl, Ben, and the other devoted teachers are constantly adjusting the experience for each student to get the most out of class with the right mix of workout, training, and tradition. They work hard to create a comfortable environment with a sense of community that encompasses casual learners through the most devoted. Their decades of experience as business owners, teachers, and students shine through in every interaction.” Jason Echols May 2020

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North Austin Shaolin-Do

Kids Kung Fu

Our Kids Martial Arts 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.

Adult Kung Fu

The Austin Kung Fu Adult Program works by transforming a person’s fitness, energy, flexibility and health measures like blood pressure. Chinese martial arts are a great form of exercise even for older adults. 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.

We teach an effective form of self-defense that is 1500 years old. Kung Fu was made famous in the US by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li , but our style has been in the US since 1964.  You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start, to become great.

Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan (Grand ultimate fist) is an ancient Chinese practice of slow-moving, mindfulness practice appropriate for adults of any age, even older adults. Learning Tai Chi encourages relaxation, improves balance,  leads to deeper breathing, full-body awareness, smooth distribution of energy (Chi) throughout the body and in general, improved health conditions..

At Austin Tai Chi we move slowly and gently, but the energy and power you’ll feel will amaze you. Our internal curriculum includes regular Chi Kung breathing exercises. We also dedicated senior classes that go at an even slower pace. And modification of movement is always welcome when you’re dealing with a chronic injury or state.

Senior Tai Chi (Silver Cranes of Shaolin-Do)

Tai Chi for seniors are our classes for anyone who wants to go even slower with their tai chi training and benefit from the leg, knee and back strengthening that go along with it. Balance is a primary issue for many in these classes and tai chi, practiced often, has been most helpful for our senior students in improving balance, body awareness  and posture. And all the relaxation benefits of the general tai chi class are part of these classes as well. It’s a very sociable group who are always welcoming of incoming students.

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Passionate About Transformation

Master Joe 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 Joe studied neurophysiology. Their martial art club became an off-campus school and moved to it’s first full-time location in 1995. Master Joe 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 community of students and families 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 6th 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. Both love what they do, and their community, and are passionate about helping their students achieve their goals and experience the empowerment that comes with the training. That is the reason why the North Austin Shaolin-Do is the largest one of its kind in the world.

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How Can We Help You?

Empowerment, Fitness, Flexibility, Transformation…We provide the pathway, the motivation, the milestones and the encouragement for you to achieve it all!

 

Austin Kung Fu & Tai Chi is a huge family of like-minded people working on self-improvement, setting and achieving goals inside and outside the training room, and focused on health and fitness. It’s a supportive and encouraging community practicing these ancient Chinese martial arts and utilizing age-old methods of setting goals, achieving milestones and transforming themselves into disciplined, healthy, empowered individuals! 

Instructors That Lead/Assist Our Adult Classes

“When one teaches, two learn.” Robert Heinlen

Meet Our Team

Elder Master Joe Schaefer

Elder Master Joe Schaefer

8th Degree Black Belt

Master Sheryl Schaefer

Master Sheryl Schaefer

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Sean O'Brien

Master Sean O'Brien

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Ben Bender

Master Ben Bender

5th Degree Black Belt

Master Lesa Walker

Master Lesa Walker

5th Degree Black Belt

Master Annie Nguyen

Master Annie Nguyen

5th Degree Black Belt

Sifu Hugh Shen

Sifu Hugh Shen

4th Degree Black Belt

Sifu Darin Marple

Sifu Darin Marple

4th Degree Black Belt

Sifu Evette Alvarado

Sifu Evette Alvarado

4th Degree Black Belt

Mr. Nim Barak

Mr. Nim Barak

3rd Degree Black Belt

Sifu Bobby Lovas

Sifu Bobby Lovas

3rd Degree Black Belt

Mr. Darrell Smith

Mr. Darrell Smith

2nd Degree Black Belt

Mr. Bernard Ortiz

Mr. Bernard Ortiz

2nd Degree Black Belt

Ms. Julie Phillips

Ms. Julie Phillips

1st Degree Black Belt

What People Are Saying

Want to read more reviews. We have over 50 5-star reviews between Google and Yelp.
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I have found a truly wonderful and supportive community of people. I’ve made new friends that are also teachers and training partners. It’s good exercise and I always feel better at the end of class than I did at the beginning. Joining the Austin Shaolin-Do family is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself. I hope that you’ll feel the same after you join

Paul Kirby

Tai Chi Student

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I can’t believe I’m coming up on 9 years studying martial arts with my son and daughter at Austin Kung Fu & Tai Chi! My only regret is not starting my journey much earlier in life. You will fit in if you choose to join this school. All you have to do is take that first step.

Erik Atkinson

Kung Fu Family

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I could say that I go to Kung Fu because it improves my blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tone, and overall health.  All that is true (my jeans do fit better!).  But, the thing that has kept me going for over 15 years is the friendships I have built in the school and the incredibly friendly and supportive environment. And it is not just the ladies at the school, it is the guys also.

Kathy Pendelton

4th degree black belt

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Kung Fu has just the right mix of physical and mental challenge for me. I really appreciated the way the instructors were so patient and don’t try to rush me into things for which I am not ready. I am so impressed with the level of instruction at the school.” When I first started, I could not do even one pushup nor reach my ankles (forget the toes!). But little by little, I got stronger and more flexible. I remember when I was a blue belt seeing the brown belts and thinking I’ll just have to drop out when I reach brown belt; I’ll never be able to do those things. But I stayed with the program and eventually, with lots of encouragement, was able to test to black belt. I have been in the program for 15 years now.

Pat Krivoshein

2nd degree black belt

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My 9 yo son has been studying kung fu here for several years. He has grown a lot in that time, and is focused and dedicated in class. We appreciate the leadership here for their consistent warmth and guidance!

Victoria O'Neal

Parent Of Kid Student

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Love both the Kung Fu and the Tai Chi classes. Instructors are great and also know how to teach and keep young students motivated! Granddaugher loves her classes and excels by competing in tournaments at 5 yrs old . Anyone having problems with focus, memory or balance can really benefit from these classes. Small group breakouts in each class enable students to learn at their own pace and level.

Lee Denton

Tai Chi Student

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Since I started the training, I have gained more self-confidence and a second family.  The people there are sincere and caring and have become my second family.  We know each others children and are all interested in their well-being.

Both my daughters have taken on the interest of learning the art and are now a second degree black belt and soon to be a black belt.  They have both gained self confidence and skills that are invaluable.   Knowing that they can protect themselves is a comfort to me.”

Debbie Tam

4th degree black belt

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I’ve been taking classes from here for about a 4 years now and I love it. I find the teachers very knowledgeable in the art.   As a girl I was nervous about taking classes but found everyone very friendly and was impressed to see how many women are in the upper black belt classes.  You don’t have to be super athletic to start taking classes but they are challenging.  If you can’t make it through the whole class or need to take a water break no one makes you feel bad.  I’ve left class drenched in sweat but feeling much better than when I came in.

Kyla

2nd degree black belt

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Iron Monk

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