For All Ages & Fitness Levels

Tai CHi Austin CLASSES

Online and In Person Options

  • Peaceful & Relaxing
  • More Energy Each Day
  • Increased Flexibility and Balance
  • If You Can Stand and Walk, You Can Do Tai Chi
  • Increased Mental Clarity, Memory and focus

Why is everyone talking about the classes at Austin Tai Chi Chuan? Master Joe, & Master Sheryl, along with their team of supportive and skilled tai chi instructors, are truly dedicated to creating a supportive, friendly and relaxing atmosphere for learning, and it shows.

Tai Chi Austin Can Now Offer

Online & In Person Options

“The virtual classes offered by Austin Kung Fu and Tai Chi have been a a bright spot through these last several months. Both my daughter and I have been able to attend virtually and it’s been great being able to keep up with our belt level material. And even virtually, the sense of community is there.”

Evette Alvarado

Tai Chi Chuan (TaiJi Quan) translates to Grand Ultimate Fist.

What Is Tai Chi Chuan?

Tai Chi is the ultimiate long term solution to staying physically and mentally healthy throughout your life. There are hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies showing that Tai Chi extends life and greatly increases “quality of life”. It is a moving form of meditation and therefore gives all the benfits of meditation; somehting most peole cannot sustain for 30-60 minutes at a time. Tai Chi is beautiful to watch and relaxing to perform. Tai Chi has an 800 year history and has been used to develop peak performance in everybody from martial artists to emperors. We teach it with an emphasis on health, energy and body awareness. However, in the Kung Fu program we use it for it’s martial art application. 


Chinese Internal Kung Fu

Chinese Kung Fu comes in two varieties; internal and external. Tai Chi is the most famous internal Kung Fu style but there are two more; Pa Kua Chang (eight trigram palm) and Shing Yi Chuan (mind form fist). Tai chi teaches sensitivity, body mechanics, energy developement and quiets the mind. Pa Kua teaches footwork for evasion and throwing using the coiling and un-coiling of the energy in the spine. Shing Yi finally works to remove consious thoughts from the fighter and aligns all the mental and physical elements into a single unstoppable destructive force.



Tai Chi Class in Austin is meditation in motion. Chi Kung are deep breathing exercises that have been shown in study after study to raise quality of life. Tai Chi increases calmness, peacefulness and relaxation. 


Improves Balance & Flexibility

All the studies show that a Tai Chi Program is better for increasing balance than physical therapy and other balance training methods. Students have less risk for falls. Overall flexibility increases through complete relaxation.


Increases Mental Sharpness

The most powerful part of learning at a Tai Chi School just might be the very special impact it has on mental clarity and sharpness. As people age, we often experience “cognitive decline”. Tai Chi has been shown to slow and even reverse this process, but it also has many other health benefits.


Fun To Learn

You might not know that there are dozens of Tai Chi forms to learn. You start with Tai Chi for beginners (Yang 24) and move on to Chen Tai Chi style and others. This keeps you interested and learning new things for years to come. This becomes your secret longevity strategy.


Supportive Friends

As you learn these fascinating ancient movements, you will be surrounded by new friends and supportive Tai Chi instructors that are on the same journey.



Nothing has a better impact on your life than the pride of accomplishment. Quality of life comes from challenges met.

What Does Tai Chi Chuan Look Like?

How The Online Program Works

How People Start

We offer a free single trial class or the chance to take an entire week for $1.

Now The Fun Begins

After your first week you are invited into the larger group of students. Each class starts with a short group practice (don’t worry it is very slow and easy to follow)  . Then we use Online breakout rooms to divide people up into smaller groups to work with instructors.


Each class you will review movements you have seen and learn new movements. You will enjoy the breathing exercises and relaxing pace of the class.

How many Classes Should I Come To?

Ideally you should try and attend twice a week. This will make a big difference for your ability to retain the movement and make progress toward health and balance.

The Online Platform

We use ZOOM to broadcast our teaching to the students. You will be given a website URL to access the classroom. You will need to have a laptop or simialr device. You will need a camera for that device, microphone and speakers. Almost all laptops have these already installed. Of course you will need an internet connection as well.


If you can connect your laptop or device to a TV then it is a HUGE plus for your practice..


/Top Right – Our grandmaster recently taught a seminar from his garden online. Bottom Right: Master Sheryl enjoying time with the women of Shaolin online for a summer “retreat”

Something So Beautiful Is So Healthy and Fun

You will be amazed at how great you feel after Tai Chi class. Relaxed, balanced, energized and accomplished. This ancient health practice was original a martial art that turned good fighters into great fights. Now people use it for peak performance in all areas of life.  Our Tai Chi classes are offered both in studio and online. If you live in Nroth Austin, our Tai Chi bgeinner classes are near you. 

Years Teaching Tai Chi

Satisfied Students

Tai Chi Forms Taught

Classes Each Week

Why we are different

Master Joe and Master Sheryl Schaefer have dedicated over 30 years to teaching Tai Chi. Everyone in their school knows that teaching and impacting lives is what motivates and inspires the Schaefers, not profit. They teach and lead from the heart and that is evident in every class.

They are one of the only schools that offer:

  • Unlimited attendance
  • No Contracts
  • No Increasing Priced Programs
  • Multiple instructors in every class.
  • Separate senior program

More A Community Than A Business

There are NO OTHER schools like ours. Our students feel like family members to each other and to us. Are you looking for an inclusive community of friends and supporters. You found it at Austin Shaolin-Do Kung Fu and Tai Chi.

There Are Hundreds Of Scientific Articles On Tai Chi

Separate Senior Tai Chi Program-

(Silver Cranes of Shaolin-Do)

Millions and Millions of seniors worldwide practice Tai Chi every morning as a way to ease aches and pain, maintain flexibility, increase balance, strengthen the lower body and increase feelings of relaxation and peacefulness.

I started my “senior” tai chi journey to support my sister’s long time interest in the discipline. In the past three years I have learned the many benefits of practicing tai chi. Not only have my balance and core strength improved, my bone density numbers have also increased, reversing the trend my doctor and I were seeing. Tai chi has added an unexpected dimension to my retirement…mental clarity and focus, new friends and lots of fun!

Nancy Hegle

From Our Clients

Want to read more reviews. We have over 50 5-star reviews between Google and Yelp.


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


 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


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


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