Tai Chi has taken the world by storm as the fastest rising health practice. It has been around for almost 1000 years as a martial art philosophy, but now it is used around the world for personal development, health and mind-body balance. People of all ages practice the slow mindful movements of Tai Chi Chuan. In the Austin Tai Chi Classes we have students from teen to the 80's learning this ancient art form.
The magic of Tai Chi is the combination of mental and physical development. Every modern study about aging and the brain has supported the step by step approach of Tai Chi to prevent age-related mental impairment and physical decreases in balance and postural control. It has been shown to help with Arthritis, Fiber Myalgia and can protect against bone density loss with age.
Master Jason leading the senior class at North Austin through Tai Chi
The most important part is that is fun to learn, relaxing and energizing to perform and fascinating enough to keep you practicing it for many years of your life. This is what makes it the best possible exercise to carry you through the years of your life.
Keep in mind that Tai Chi Chuan is also translated from Chinese as the Grand Ultimate Fist because it was considered the ultimate fighting art. If you are fan of martial arts you will love it for that reason as well.
Tai Chi Chuan is mediation in motion that promotes health while reducing stress. Our Tai Chi instructors teach deep breathing, relaxation and improved balance. Austin Tai Chi classes encourage the joy of living “in the moment” through this moving medication. Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Ji Quan) uses slow and gentle movements to reduce stressful thoughts and anxious body feelings and decrease the risk of falls if you are senior. You will experience the 2000 Chinese philosophy behind the Tai Chi movements and the powerful and energizing Qigong.
Tai Chi Promotes Health
Tai Chi has been shown to improve health and longevity, quality of life. Have better flexibility and joint strength while increasing serenity of mind.
According to the Mayo Clinic Tai Chi Can Lead To:
Decreased stress and anxiety
Increased aerobic capacity
Increased energy and stamina
Slow and Graceful TaI Chi Movements
Increased flexibility, balance and agility
Increased muscle strength and definition
Some evidence indicates that Tai Chi also may help:
This program is our comprehensive internal arts program starts with tai chi 24 posture progresses to ALL other internal Kung Fu forms (Yang Tai Chi, Chen Tai Chi, Pa Kua, internal weapons Buddha Fist, Hsing Ie, ….etc…) as well as the applications of the movements. This class meets multiple times during the week and is ongoing and progressive. The name Tai Chi Chuan actually means Grand Ultimate Fist in Chinese. The practice leads to personal mastery; body awareness, realxed mental clarity and self-knowledge. No wonder it is one of the fastest growing health crazes in the world. Breathe deep from your center, empty your thoughts, sink your Chi energy to the navel and move slowly from the spine. This is the essence of Tai Chi and can take a lifetime to learn. Please be my guest to sample this ancient path toward personal mastery.
Completely relax the musculature.
Clear your mind and become acutely aware of your internal and external environment.
Achieve a stress and tension free posture
Increase the unhindered flow of energy throughout the body, with a systemic increase of blood flow.
Defend oneself with minimal use of effort by applying the concept of accommodation. (yin/yang)Tai Chi trains students in what is known as a yielding or soft style of martial arts.
Austin Tai Chi Students
The internal art of Pa Kua Chang teaches to evade attacks through a fluid, circling pattern of movements including steps designed to throw an opponent simply by coiling and uncoiling the body. At a higher level, the entire art of Shing Yi Ch’uan (Fist of Will) teaches the student to explode their internal power into every strike.Meditation exercises help students control their breathing, develop a greater awareness of their body and encourage a calm and controlled mental attitude. The internal arts require decades to master and the constant addition of new material at the Shaolin-Do school ensures that each student remains interested and challenged for a lifetime. Like the famous yin/yang symbol, the balance of these two unique strategies, SHAOLIN & TAI CHI, creates a powerful force and well-rounded martial artist. Why is Shaolin-Do so special?
Calmly energize your mind & body.
Lower Your Blood Pressure.
You’ll Feel More Flexible.
Gently Increase Strength & Balance.
You strengthen your immune system.
Weight Loss, Endurance, Stress-Relief, Self-Defense, Fun and New Friends!
Everyone at Austin Kung fu is very welcoming whi ch made it more comfortable being there for my first time.
18:41 19 Jul 17
I have been training with Master Joe for 6 years, and spent a total of 12 in the system. The curriculum is fantastic and there is never a class where you don't feel like you haven't learned something. There is such a great camaraderie between students which makes the classes that much more enjoyable.Classes are accommodating to people of varying degrees of fitness. Don't feel intimidated if you've sat on the couch for years. Master Joe and his instructors have the skill and patience to inspire anyone to achieve great things, both in and out of class.
23:55 06 Jul 17
I LOVE this school and everyone in it. I started doing Kung Fu with absolutely no previous experience in anything similar on May 29th 2017 and haven't looked back since. The owners Master Joe and his wife Master Sheryl are not only extremely talented but also super nice and sweet people. They really do care about all their students. I unfortunately sprained my foot and Master Sheryl suspended all my payments until I recover, and Master Joe even offered complimentary Tai Chi lessons when I start walking again. After I get over this sprain I will be back to earn my yellow belt for sure. If you are like me and could never find a workout you could stick to, trust me, this is it. We are a family here and everyone is genuinely concerned with everyone else's well being. If you're on the fence about it, just come over and spend one night with us. You won't regret it!
17:21 20 Jun 17
It's been years since my dad and I came here in fact they where over on burnet when I was here last. Joe was always very helpful in making share that everybody in the class got the materialthe students need to move on before moving on to the next belt level. I'm glade to see that he's still in business and hope he well be for sometime do to the great teaching and classes.
22:48 13 Sep 16
Great sport for kids and adults. 2 of our sons were here few years back and our 3rd one is enrolling too...
19:07 14 Mar 18
Both of my children go to the North Austin Shaolin Do Kung Fu school. My youngest has been attending for over two years, first in the Tiger Program and now as a Dragon. My oldest has been a Dragon for just over one year. Both kids love the school and the instructors. The kids move up in rank approximately every 2-3 months - just enough to keep them invested but not enough that testing into a new belt loses meaning. I highly recommend this school for any families interested in martial arts for their kids.
13:31 16 Mar 18
I have been a student with North Austin Kung Fu for over 10 years. Over that time, I've been injured, had some kids, enrolled the kids, and re-enroleld myself. Many places teach martial arts, but here, you learn a deep and complex art with a great group of people that are a community. They are more interested in developing you as a person - applying the principles of the arts into your life - than they are in taking each student for as much money as they could. This is not a school for someone who wants to learn how to compete in MMA. This is a school for someone who is looking for a home to learn, get fit, and wants to improve their lives in general. After time off (as in a few years) from a back injury, I was way out of shape. The structure of the classes is such that I could take the time I needed to get back into shape, and now, continue to push the envelope with what I can personally do. I now watch my two kids grow within the system and apply what they learn to their own lives.
20:26 19 Mar 18
What started as a family event to explore Tai Chi has turned out becoming a family lifestyle as we enjoy both Tai Chi as well as Kung Fu. The community at North Austin Kung Fu are more than welcoming and the most encouraging folks you'll meet. Knowledgeable in both the history as well as modern application, there is no place better to stretch yourself than North Austin Kung Fu.
21:18 03 Apr 18
Wonderful people. Wonderful instruction. My grandson has made so much progress, and he loves it.
21:56 09 Oct 18
My wife and I were looking for an activity that we could participate in together in retirement. We chose to try the Tai Chi program in 2017. The classes have helped us to improve our mental and physical fitness at a pace we set.Since then, I've started to participate in Kung-Fu classes for additional exercise and as a personal challenge.We've been welcomed into the school community, and have really enjoyed our time at the school.
17:15 05 Dec 19
I have been part of this community since 2003, and I say community because that's what it is. And for the last two years, my child has also been part of the community with me. It's more than just a way to exercise, more than just learning self-defense. It's training for life. I am proud to call Master Joe and Master Sheryl my teachers. They are constantly looking for ways to improve what is already a pretty great student experience.
17:01 05 Dec 19
I came to this school with the desire to make myself excited about exercise, but I've gained so much more along the way.I've always felt welcome at this school, and always felt like I am making progress. whether it's learning something new, or honing the things I've already been shown.I especially recommend the Friday night conditioning and sparring class!
16:47 05 Dec 19
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.
17:39 05 Dec 19
Prior to March 2019, I'd never set foot in any type of martial arts school and never done anything like this. I joined the Shaolin-Do Tai Chi program because I saw their ad on Instagram; I wanted to do something different for myself and honor my mother's memory (she died in November 2018 and loved Chi Kung). Despite my initial trepidation regarding what I was getting into, 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 (you will sweat doing some of the forms) 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.
16:57 05 Dec 19
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!
19:56 05 Dec 19
Joining was the best decision I've ever made. Great community, great instructors, just great overall. There is enough material to keep you going for a lifetime. A relaxed atmosphere for learning but you'll still get a good sweat going.