Residents of the area interested in learning martial arts will soon have the opportunity to do so in Union City. Sifu Kyle Scherer of Sydney, Ohio will soon offer martial arts classes at TRIBE Yoga and Wellness at 113 North Columbia Street in Union City. TRIBE was opened last year by Kelly Holmes and has been teaching yoga courses ever since.
Shearer grew up watching the TV show “Kung Fu” starring David Carradine. The show sparked the young man’s interest in martial arts. Soon, he and his cousins found a locally taught class. Shearer’s cousins quickly withdrew, but Cale continued to pursue his interest in martial arts. Soon, 10-year-old Shearer found a school he loved in Bellefontein, and continued to study.
This interest has led to over 40 years of experience in different styles of martial arts. Sifu Scherer holds an eighth degree black belt and has been with the US team three times. He even won a gold medal. Over the years, Shearer has looked at four teachers he said have inspired him and influenced his fighting style. Randy Knox, an expert in Chinese kenpo (also known as Chinese Kung Fu), has “unparalleled fighting ability.” Parker Linkin, an American kenpo karate and tai chi master, is best known for his “ability of coach,” Romeria Sanders, instilling the “concepts of The philosophical behind the Filipino martial arts kali and showed how it was used during World War II,” and finally, Yan Mui, “the philosophy behind kung fu, which in Chinese means “hard work, skill and effort,” taught me “hard work, skill and effort,” Scherer said.
Scherer traveled throughout Ohio, California, Canada, and spent considerable time in China. During his third trip to China, he spent nearly two years near Beijing, earning his degree in traditional Chinese medicine and healing arts. “We also like to include some classes on things like acupuncture,” Holmes stated.
During his travels, Sifu Scherer met and got to know many stars of shows and movies he grew up watching. One of the most influential people on Scherer is “Superfoot” Bill Wallace. Superfoot, a kickboxing champion, was born in Portland, Indiana. He has appeared in films with Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan. Wallace was a personal trainer and close friend of both Elvis Presley and John Belushi. It was Wallace who unfortunately discovered the death of his friend John Belushi from an overdose in 1982. Shearer also got to know Cynthia Rothrock, a martial artist who starred in dozens of films in the ’80s and ’90s, over the years. “We’ve been in a lot of the same competitions,” Scherer said.
In 2008, Sifu Scherer opened his own martial arts school in Sydney, Ohio. “I think we are the oldest martial arts school in Sydney,” Scherer said. Scherer uses the term sipho. The first letter, or “Si”, means “teacher”. The second letter, or “fu”, means father. The term is widely used among martial arts schools and is an excellent description of the relationship between a master and a student. Sifu Scherer teaches both male and female students from juniors to seniors. He gives lessons in several disciplines at his school, including Karate, Chinese Kenpo, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Filipino Kale, Tai Chi, Kickboxing and MMA with Jujitsu among them.
This is a great opportunity for locals interested in martial arts to learn about it from a skilled teacher. Scherer’s classes at TRIBE will cost $10.00 per session. It will take place on Mondays and Thursdays, starting June 9 at 5:00 p.m. for children ages three and up. Adult classes will follow children’s classes at 6:00 pm. Union City students are also welcome to attend his classes at Sidney if classes at TRIBE do not fit their schedules.