Yes, that's me, Thomas Gohring but, you know, everyone calls me Grandmaster Gohring. Thank you so much for your interest in my Lil' Dragon's program. I have been training since 1986, teaching since 1989 and running my own school since 1996. I started the Lil' Dragon's program in the year 2000, every Monday and Wednesday at 4pm. I love working with my 4, 5 and 6 year olds and I am the main teacher for this class. Lil' Dragon's is my favorite class to teach. It is also my most popular class, with new students enrolling almost every week, year round. Because of this demand I am adding this message and limiting the new enrollment to no more than 3 new Lil' Dragons a month.
The Lil' Dragons is a kung fu program specifically designed for children ages 4, 5 and 6. This program focuses on improving Pre-K aged children's listening and motor skills. These skills will help them enter society with more confidence and enthusiasm.
There are eight major skills our instructors focus on when training children ages four to six, those skills are: focus, teamwork, control, balance, memory, discipline, fitness and coordination.
In each class we cover one of these skills with a wide variety of activities that are fun and at the same time educational. All skills are taught in a safe and supervised environment.
My 5 year old daughter is in the Little Dragons class, and loves it! Master Gohring does an amazing job teaching the kids Kung Fu.
Master Gohring's Tai Chi & Kung Fu has been a great experience for my family. My son started Little Dragons with his 4th birthday party and has been in love with going to class, learning to use and control his body. Little Dragons is a wonderful way to let your kids shine, by incorporating group call outs to moves in unison and allowing different kids to lead the group.
6 months later, a little earlier than expected, he was invited to join the older kids and adults in Basic Kungfu or "Big Dragons" as they call it when inviting the little ones up. 6 months after that my, then 8 year old daughter, joined in. Within a few weeks my wife got the courage to join up. A year later, 2 years in, my family is still loving it. It is a commitment, and it is not always easy for our schedule or budget, but it gives us a goal that we all share and has helped us to become an even stronger team.
In April my 3 year old will turn 4 and begin Little Dragons, this is when I will be able to join in as well. Even though he does not take class, we find him getting in his ready stance and practicing the more complex and fun moves, monkey jump is his favorite and he is actually pulling it off. If you are a mixed martial artist and want your family to get put down to get back up, a school of thought I was raised in with wrestling at 4 yrs old, this may not be your place. If you want to better yourself, improve your health, and learn to own your body through ancient techniques of movement, I highly recommend Gohring's, as his instructors are kind and take their own kungfu practice seriously, while encouraging you, lifting you up, and making you laugh.
You will find all sort of students, young and old, big and small all working together toward mastering themselves. A journey of a thousand miles, starts with a single step.
Master Gohring's school is the premier school for martial arts in Austin. My 4 year old has blossomed in the Little Dragons program, gaining confidence, discipline, poise, gross and fine motor skills, and lasting friendships. We love the community atmosphere and the would highly recommend taking classes here to people of any age!
Best teachers of small kids I've ever seen!
When my son began, he was a ball of energy. Over the years, I've seen a significant improvement in body control, focus, the ability to calm himself and last but not least - have fun learning new kung fu moves! Most of my family lives out of state...so, I appreciate Grandmaster Gohring and Instructor Hunter's assistance with my strong-willed kid. It takes a village
Sense of self confidence. My son is the only one in the family that has taken Kung Fu lessons, and he takes great pride in teaching us and his friends what he has learned. The greatest benefit is the controlled use of body movements. My son is a physical kid, so I think that it has helped him become more aware of his body and how to use it.
Best place for anyone of any age to learn Kung Fu! My sons concentration and ability to follow directions was improved almost immediately. We have also noticed his coordination has gotten better, he no longer runs in to walls as much, things like that. Watching the kids have fun is by far the most enjoyable thing. My wife and I have also made friends with other parents and have even had play dates. My wife and I work from home so our kids don't do daycare so socialization with other kids was very important and Kung Fu has really helped with that.
My daughter attends the Little Dragons program and has taken to it like a fish to water! She looks forward to the weekly sessions with great excitement and enthusiasm. Master Gohring and his fellow teachers are gifted in working with kids: facilitating a learning experience and helping hone a focus in the kiddos while maintaining a lightness and humor all the while.
It's lovely and I recommend it regularly to others :)!
Roberta Mason Simmin
This has been a very good experience for my 5 yr. old granddaughter. I hope to continue for years to come!
My Son loves the experiance. Great staff, and fun for the kids.
Happy House Wife / Mommy
In January, my husband and I decided it was time to get our four year old son involved in a social/physical activity. We had heard good things about Master Gohring and thought we should give his school a try. The three of us were given a free lesson together to give us a small taste of what the school is all about. My husband and son were signed up that day and started Kung Fu classes the next week. I, however, hesitated and wasn't so sure about Kung Fu. Then, Master Gohring introduced me to Tai Chi. He invited me to observe the beginner class to see if it was something I thought I'd like to do. I observed then started lessons that week. After the first lesson, I was hooked. I look forward to every lesson. This week marks a month since I started Tai Chi at Master Gohring's Tai chi and Kung Fu and have already noticed a difference in my overall well being. I am more flexible, sleep better at night and the usual aches and pains aren't as frequent or severe. Besides the physical improvements, my family has a common interest we all enjoy. Master Gohring has a saying, "The family that kicks together, sticks together." He is dedicated to strengthening families through martial arts and is sincere about it. I am very happy with our decision to attend Master Gohring's Kung Fu and Tai Chi and would highly recommend it to anyone that is considering studying martial arts.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Our entire family has been studying martial arts at Master Gohring's Tai Chi and Kung Fu in Austin, TX for the past two years, and we absolutely love our school. It is one of the best investments we could ever make for so many reasons. Of course, learning and practicing martial arts gives us increased energy and strength, improved posture and bodily control, clarity of mind and focus, and the ability to defend against a physical attack. But, there are some other aspects of Master Gohring's school that have impacted us on other levels. For example, when my husband and I enrolled our two children in the Little Dragons Kung Fu class, we did not know or expect that we also would be able to take Tai Chi or Kung Fu classes at a discount. Because of this generous policy, our family has a common interest that is healthy, active and affordable. We are grateful to Master Gohring for promoting families in this way. I am also impressed with Master Gohring's sincerity. I believe he and his instructors have the best interests of the students at heart. Master Gohring is honest in both his praise and his correction when he teaches. He has a natural style and a true desire to help his students discover their inner teacher. Another thing I admire about Master Gohring is his ability to command the respect and attention of his students, from the Little Dragons (4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds) to the most advanced. I like the way he requires everyone to say, “Yes, Sir/Ma'am” or “No Sir/Ma'am” to instructors or Black Sashes. Because he creates an awareness and healthy respect for authority,we as students are open and able to take advantage of the wisdom of experience. In sum, I feel honored to know Master Gohring and to call him “Sifu” and would vouch for his integrity and ability as a teacher without reservation. I invite everyone to come visit Master Gohring's Tai Chi & Kung Fu!
My son, Asher wanted to do Kung fu. We liked the idea of a group activity and you were highly recommended. Little dragons was awesome! Level of commitment that it may turn into a barrier for me. You all worked with our individual family situation (thank god bc we could not participate at full price on my income and no child support) I am excited that my son Asher can advance to a high level.
We first learned of your school through recommendations from friends on FB. Asher is very serious and feels good about his accomplishments. His focus is better health. Good male role models. He learns respect and routine. The best thing you can do for your kid is enroll him at Master Gohring's Tai Chi and Kung Fu in Austin Texas. :-)