For All Ages & Fitness Levels

Tai Chi Class

Why is everyone talking about Tai Chi? It is very low impact but lowers blood pressure, increases balance, reduces stress and tension, increases flexibility and leads to feelings of peacefulness. If you can stand and walk you can learn and do Tai Chi. Doctors recommend it for rehab from injury, improving balance & leg strength in seniors, for helping adults and teens with stress, anxiety, and attentional challenges.

Anyone Can Learn Tai Chi

We have classes for adults and even a separate class for Seniors (60+). We practice Tai Chi and Chi Kung (Chinese breathing exercises)



Tai Chi and Chi Kung (breathing exercises) 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 Tai Chi is better for increasing balance than physical therapy and other balance training methods. Overall flexibility increases through complete relaxation.


Increases Mental Sharpness

The most powerful part of learning Tai Chi 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.


Fun To Learn

You might not know that there are dozens of Tai Chi forms to learn. 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 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 Look Like?

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.

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 many schools knows that teaching and impacting lives is what motivates and inspires them, not profit. They teach and lead from the heart and that is evident in every class.

    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