What Students Say

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Satisfied student, great instruction, challenging style

When I started at Master Gohring's Kung Fu and Tai Chi a year ago, I was looking for an interesting way to get my health in order and bring my cholesterol down. I was welcomed immediately by Ms. Peters. I had to reschedule my introductory lesson a couple of times, and she was very understanding. I had done some Tae Kwon Do previously, and I wanted to be sure there was a class where adults could practice techniques separately from the young ones. There was indeed such a time slot; actually there are several available, which meet certain standards Master Gohring has set for consistent instruction. Since then, I've met a lot of great people. The senior students are gentle, friendly, and helpful, and the atmosphere is fun but very challenging. My focus has shifted from keeping healthy to knuckling down and learning Kung Fu. Martial arts are an excellent way to reduce stress, and in my case social anxiety, due to the nature of the interactions and quality of the people. When evaluating martial arts schools, you can tell a lot by looking at the students. Everyone has been respectful of the instructor and one another, and attitudes are checked at the door. The environment balances control and a relaxed Austin flavor. It's apparent that Master Gohring cares a lot about delivering quality instruction. The class sizes are small enough that there is enough individual attention, and he offers suggestions to take techniques to the next level based on individual mastery. The style taught is Tiger Crane, a Southern Shaolin style, and classes are supplemented with other techniques with which Master Gohring is experienced. I recommend it to my friends, and if you are someone with a great attitude and a willingness to work to improve yourself, you'll probably fit in.

Mr. Emerson

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Excellent and Extremely Professional Teachers

I have to say in all honesty that my decision to begin training at Master Gohring's Kung Fu and Tai Chi is one of the best things I've ever done for myself.  The experience has been more than just physical stimulation, although the exercise is excellent.  In my Kung Fu training, I've found a great feeling of accomplishment and feeling of well being, and that's really an unexpected bonus for me.  I find myself looking forward to each class and the chance to learn something new, not to mention the satisfaction of landing that "new move".  

I'm sure that I'm wearing my family and friends out telling them about how great the class is and how excited I am each day when I return home, tired yet exhilarated.  But, it just is that great!
I whole-heartedly recommend Master Gohring's school to anyone considering a martial art.  The classes are absolutely overflowing with exciting material, from basic punches and kicks to classic weapons like staves and swords and more.  

In addition, Master Gohring himself is an excellent and extremely professional teacher.  It's easy to see his strength and it's hard not be inspired.  I look forward to many more years of great experiences, great learning, and great stories to tell.

Mr. Duel

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Great Feeling of Accomplishment

I have to say in all honesty that my decision to begin training at Master Gohring's Kung Fu and Tai Chi is one of the best things I've ever done for myself.  The experience has been more than just physical stimulation, although the exercise is excellent.  In my Kung Fu training, I've found a great feeling of accomplishment and feeling of well being, and that's really an unexpected bonus for me.  I find myself looking forward to each class and the chance to learn something new, not to mention the satisfaction of landing that "new move".  

I'm sure that I'm wearing my family and friends out telling them about how great the class is and how excited I am each day when I return home, tired yet exhilarated.  But, it just is that great!
I whole-heartedly recommend Master Gohring's school to anyone considering a martial art.  The classes are absolutely overflowing with exciting material, from basic punches and kicks to classic weapons like staves and swords and more.  

In addition, Master Gohring himself is an excellent and extremely professional teacher.  It's easy to see his strength and it's hard not be inspired.  I look forward to many more years of great experiences, great learning, and great stories to tell.

Mr. Duel

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Without the Smell of a Typical Gym

I started going to Master Gohring's school about two months ago.  I visited other schools before I decided to train at this one.  I decided l to visit the school for my free black sash training session. I work at night and woke up late. I called Master Gohring and he was more than sympathetic and still fit me in to make my appointment.  When I arrived to the school I was quite impressed.  The venue felt comfortable with the faint sound of Kodo drumming in the background, and without the smell of a typical gym.  I met Master Gohring and it was like talking to an old friend.  His positive energy was inspiring.  Not to mention I was impressed with the fact he teaches all of his own classes.  I took my free "Black Sash Kung Fu Lesson," we discussed my reasons for joining Kung Fu, what I wanted to accomplish, and I took the leap of faith.  I could not be happier with my decision.  I have trained in both Tae Kwon Do and Mixed Martial Arts before I decided to train in Kung Fu, and I must say I have never had more fun.  I go to class excited and leave wanting more. I recently joined Master Gohring's Master's Path Program and I love it.  I'm new to Austin and instantly feel like I have a family here in addition to my own.  All being said I urge you to give it a try.

Mr. Adamoski

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The Friends I have Made at the Academy are so Positive

I've been a student with Master Gohring's Tai Chi & Kung Fu here in Austin for just about two years, I started out just looking to get rid of some frustration and a few pounds but what I found was much more. The Instructor and his staff were so kind they had and still have great attitudes and are super motivators, never letting me quit or give up when I get frustrated with myself but Master Gohring also does not push and is very serious about knowing your body and knowing when to stop and to pace yourself. I have asthma and for years I have used an inhaler at least four maybe five times a day, but since I have been in Tai Chi doing the breathing excercises and Chi Kung now I use the inhaler maybe once a day. On top of being a relaxing environment and fun the excercises are good for your mind and body,the curriculum can be hard sometimes but I look forward every day to going to class, the friends I have made at the academy are so positive and make being in class even better. I have become so additicted to the martial arts that I am taking Kung Fu as well as Tai chi with Master Gohring.

Ms. Clarke

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Dear Master Gohring:

I am in Ohio so I cannot attend the tournament, unfortunately. I miss my school and classmates. I also miss my teacher and administrator. You realize how good a teacher you have when you speak with others students about their training. I consider myself to be very blessed to be a part of a school that takes such good care of its students. I am looking forward to returning in summer. I am currently scheduled to be in Texas the second week of June. Thanks for remembering a student so far away, this means a lot to me. I am looking forward to being back in school during the summer.

Sincere regards,

Barrington Y.

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Dear Master Gohring:

For the past several months that I have been training at your school, I have noticed a great change in my life: socially, physically and mentally. I immediately discovered that martial art was more than what it appeared to be in those provoking action movies; years of training and painstaking soreness. The first few classes proved to be a challenge; not knowing the course or the people, I wasn't sure how long it would take for me to learn the (what seemed to be) confusing-material. Standing perplexed, I would watch each student switch from one stance to another. Alas, by the near end of what I know now to be tiger stances, I was given guidance. Day after day this continued and soon I would be able to go about without the need of help; a sense of accomplishment was in the air.

Weeks into my training, I noticed how polite the people were and being a person that has never really met people out of the school of academics, I felt and improvement in my social skills: something that will be vital in the world ahead.

By coming five times a week and an hour each day the most obvious thing that I could see was my physical fitness improving. The time I have spent here has allowed me to become more flexible, accurate, stronger and faster. By staying attentive, practicing and putting forth dedication, these things can only get better.

As my friend has mentioned to me, "exercise is a form of meditation and with enough practice, the body reacts and moves on its own, allowing the mind to relax". This perfectly describes the stress reduction that physical activity provides. I can say with confidence that its value is incredible. The ability to relieve yourself through this form of 'meditation' that is caused by school or work is too much to describe."

Joining your school has ironically given me an insight on how relieving kung fu can possibly be and so then, I thank you for your involvement in our stride to be the best.

Sincerely your student,

Yung S.

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Dear Master Gohring:

As I prepare to test for my third sash, I also near the end of my first year of study. Having nearly a year to reflect upon my experience with the school, I can frame my time here within the context of the Five Hearts.

Faith. I have enjoyed my training at this school immensely with no regret or reservations. I had already conducted research into which martial arts and styles I would be interested in training. Having done so, my decision to attend the school was not an arbitrary one, and I can honestly say that my research has paid off. I know I have chosen the right art and remain as eager and enthusiastic to learn and participate as I was my first class.

Respect. Having spent a year studying this art, I have an immense amount of respect for everyone I have encountered. To see students work hard under the encouraging guidance of a patient, yet demanding Sifu, and to have that hard work transform them physically and mentally is truly inspiring. We have all made a commitment to this art and in so doing have become a family.

Perseverance. For me, I find this maxim applies not to the class in general, as there is no question about continuing my studies, but in a much more finite sense. I find myself in need of this idea at those times where I have been working hard, the bum has long since set in, my breath is coming hard, sweat is in my eyes, and my body screams to stop and rest. By living up to this ideal, I am able to push myself that extra little bit that I know I can achieve despite any protestations my body might have, and thus gaining that much more pride and joy from my studies.

Patience. I have found this to be the single most important maxim for two reasons. Firstly, whenever we learn a new form or technique I instantly want to master it; an obviously unrealistic goal. I know that the more I work it and practice it, it win come, but everyone I think has the desire to become adept at anything they love. Secondly, I find myself wanting to learn more, to go farther in the training and learn the advanced techniques. Instead, I try to prepare myself so that when the time comes, I am ready to benefit fully from the new lesson.

Humility. Lastly, I find myself constantly humbled by the abilities and performance of those around me, both peers and teachers, which are frequently one, and the same. To witness the puissance of those who have studied for many years not only humbles me, but inspires me to attain-the same level of proficiency and dedication. I know I have a long way to go in my studies, but I already feel that I have accomplished so much I can only imagine the heights 1 will attain as I continue my education with the school.

Sincerely,

Jason S.

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Dear Master Gohring:

I have been in the kung fu program here at Tom Gohring's School of Tai Chi for about 4 months now. I was unsure what to expect but I found the teachers and students to all be very friendly. The environment was very relaxed and the instructors are great. I was surprised how much material we covered with just 2 classes a week, and how quickly the instructors could get everyone to learn.

I am probably in the best shape since high school. I lost 2 inches off the waist and gained a lot of flexibility. My endurance and coordination have improved and I have been able to keep in good shape despite a busy schedule.  The most surprising result was the energy I gained from the program. During work and school, I have a lot more energy and determination, yet I still feel relaxed.

I would highly recommend Master Gohring's Tai Chi & Kung Fu for anybody interested in martial arts. No matter if you are looking for self-defense, health benefits, stress relief, or performance, all aims are covered by their curriculum. I enjoy the classes a lot and feel honored to be learning from these great teachers.

Sincerely,

Richard L.

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Dear Master Gohring:

I have been attending kung fu classes at your school for over four years now, and I have immensely enjoyed my experience in this training program.  Not only have I learned kung fu, I also now have greater discipline and concentration than I did in the years before I started taking classes with you.

In addition, I am also stronger and more flexible than I previously was.  I am increasing my confidence in front of a group by doing leadership with newer students.  In leadership, I have learned to speak more clearly and to show more patience towards others. "I would definitely recommend Master Gohring's Tai Chi & Kung Fu to anybody interested in martial arts training.  Not only do you learn kung fu forms, but you also stay in top physical shape and become very flexible through training.

Sincerely,

Nathan K.

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Dear Master Gohring:

When searching for a school in which I could study Kung Fu, I was looking for a friendly, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and also a place where I could challenge myself physically and mentally. I feel that this school is such a place. The students are very gracious and encouraging and our instructor is an enthusiastic and accomplished teacher.

I have had an interest in studying martial arts since my teens and have studied T'ai Chi sporadically since that time. Kung Fu and Wushu were arts that fascinated me, but I was a bit too intimidated by to study. When I finally got up the courage to give it a try, this school was the perfect place to study for me. There are many different skill levels within our beginner class, and you can progress at your own pace. The school is truly there to help its students learn about the art and about their own abilities. Students interact with and encourage each other during class, and learn by helping each other as well as by instruction.

Physically, this class provides an excellent way to tone your body and increase your strength and flexibility. Mentally, I. have gained more confidence in myself and my decisions. I have only been studying for a few months and already I notice the positive results in my daily life. I feel much better about my physical shape, have better endurance and am more confident in my day to day actions. I look forward to going to class every week, not just for the opportunity to exercise and learn something new, but for the chance to see how much further I ran improve myself.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Lam

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Dear Master Gohring:

Before joining Kung Fu at Tom Gohring's School of T'ai Chi and Chinese Kung Fu, I was diagnosed with a tumor. The medication I was on to treat it also caused depressions. So, after having to quit football, I didn't relly have anything to do to deal with my depressions.

I went and signed up for the [Kung Fu] classes and it really helped me a lot. The people are nice and the instructor is cool. It also helped out a lot with my depression. I feel a lot happier when I'm at the school and have been really bringing up my grades, too. There are really no down sides to joining Kung Fu. I've even increased in overall strength and fitness.

Sincerely,

Kyle B., 16

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