Austin Adult Kung Fu


Fun, empowering martial arts classes for all ages & skill levels. For over 30 years, Austin Kung Fu & Tai Chi has been teaching students how to build their fitness, self-esteem, flexibility, and more.


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A Life Changing Martial Art

We’ve been teaching Kung Fu in Austin for over 30 years now, and we’ve seen the many ways it has improved countless people’s lives.

The Only Two Things You Need To Know About Us

FACT #1: We have the largest group of actively training ADULT black belts in Austin. Since we DO NOT use contracts, you know these people stay for an average of 7 years in our school because it is the absolute best choice. The material is engaging and fun to learn, the skills effective, the community is unbelievable, and the owners/head instructors create the best culture and atmosphere you will find at a martial art school. From over 100 active adult black belts (requires 2-3 years to reach black belt), we have over 25 people who have training continuously for 15-20 years within our school. If achieving a black belt or higher is your goal, then this confirms we’re the place for you. We inspire 10 times more people to stay and reach black belt than most other schools.

FACT #2: Most martial art schools cater primarily to kids. They employ games and fun activities to keep the kids engaged. Parents will keep paying as long as their child is having fun, but adults will only spend their money and their time (which is more valuable than money) on something that makes their life better. So when 3/4 of your students are adults that also says something powerful about the value of the material and experience at a school.

All in all this tells you that the school you will find at Shaolin-Do lives up to our testimonials in Google and Yelp. If you are looking for a life-chinging experience for yourself or child…we are the absolute best! I guess this is why we were voted one of the best in Austin in 2022. We didn’t even know this vote was going on, so we didn’t ask our students to go vote for us. It just happened all on it’s own. That makes it an even sweeter award.






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About Us


After moving to Texas for grad school, Joe Schaefer and Sheryl Schaefer decided to switch gears and start teaching one of their favorite hobbies: Kung Fu. They wanted to build a community that was fun, friendly, and supportive, where people of all ages could learn traditional martial arts without any hidden prices or big egos. Now, 30 years later, Austin Kung Fu is a strong and supportive family that’s still growing every day. Thousands of students have passed through their school, and the martial arts community they helped build has expanded into several more cities.


The Essence Of Austin Kung Fu & Tai Chi

This video, shot in 2017, showcases the positive community we strive to create in our school. After being at this location for 10 years, we went fully online for most of the pandemic. NOW, we’ve moved to a new, bigger studio space in North Austin and are excited for the future. 

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