Kung Fu Helps Kids Increase:
Mental Focus
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.


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Preparing for Rank Advancement

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.




Kung Fu Austin Family

The Family that Kicks Together, Sticks Together!

     My name is Joseph Schaefer and I started training in Kung Fu and Tai Chi in the fall of 1984. I started training after dropping out of college my freshman year. I felt defeated and embarrassed to have dropped out of school. I moved from one minimum wage job to another, but as luck would have it, somebody told me about a new class that I might find interesting. I enrolled as a white belt in a Shaolin-Do Kung Fu class with no idea that this single decision would change the course of my life forever.
     I kicked and punched my way to black belt in 1987 and along the way I re-invented myself with new found confidence. I married my high school sweetheart and we both went back to college in the fall of 1987. Ten years later I earned my Doctorate in Neurophysiology and my wife Sheryl earned her Masters in Physiology. My belief in myself grew with each goal I achieved in Shaolin-Do and was mirrored in academics and life. In 1995, I took the biggest risk of my life when Sheryl and I opened a full-time Kung Fu and Tai Chi school in Austin. Since then I have personally produced over a thousand black belt students, I am a 7th degree black belt, Sheryl is a 5th degree black belt, and both our children are black belts.
     In the 33 years since starting my Shaolin-Do journey, the confidence and strength I got from that path has been the real game changer in my life. Now it is my greatest joy to introduce others to the same transformative path and watch as they stretch and grow. I watch my students go on to reach for their dreams, try new things, find new friends and relationships and basically find the inner strength to LIVE A LIFE WITHOUT FEAR!

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.

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4 Reasons To Pick Kung Fu Austin

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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!
  1. 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.

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