Area residents who wish to learn martial arts will soon have the opportunity to do so in Union City. Sifu Kyle Scherer of Sidney, Ohio will soon be offering 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 classes ever since.
Scherer grew up watching the TV show “Kung Fu” starring David Carradine. The show sparked the young man’s interest in martial arts. He and his cousins quickly found a locally taught class. Scherer’s cousins soon gave up, but Kyle continued to pursue his interest in martial arts. Scherer, 10, quickly found a school he liked in Bellefontaine and continued to attend classes.
This interest has led to over 40 years of experience in various martial arts styles. Sifu Scherer holds an eighth degree black belt and was a three-time Team USA member. He even won a gold medal. Over the years, Scherer has looked to four teachers who he says have inspired him and influenced his fighting style. Randy Knox, an expert in Chinese Kenpo (also known as Chinese Kung Fu), has a “fighting ability like no other”, Parker Linekin, an American Kenpo Karate and Tai Chi master, is renowned for his ” ability as an instructor”, Romeria Sandairs, instilled the “philosophical concepts underlying the Filipino Kali martial arts and demonstrated how they were used during World War II”, and finally, Yan Moy, “she taught me the philosophy behind Kung Fu, which in Chinese means ‘hard work, skill and effort,'” Scherer said.
Scherer traveled through Ohio, California, Canada and even spent a lot of time in China. On his third trip to China, he spent nearly two years near Beijing, earning his certification in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the healing arts. “We would also like to include classes on topics such as acupuncture,” Holmes said.
During his travels, Sifu Scherer met and got to know many of the stars of the shows and movies he grew up watching. One of Scherer’s biggest influences is “Super Foot” Bill Wallace. “Super Foot”, kickboxing champion, was born in Portland, Indiana. He appeared in films with Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan. Wallace was a personal trainer and close friend of Elvis Presley and John Belushi. It was Wallace, who sadly discovered his friend John Belushi dead of an overdose in 1982. Scherer also got to know Cynthia Rothrock, a martial artist who starred in dozens of movies in the 1980s and 1990s, pretty well. over the years. “We’ve been to many of the same competitions,” Scherer said.
In 2008, Sifu Scherer opened his own martial arts school in Sidney, Ohio. “I believe we are the oldest martial arts school in Sydney,” Scherer said. Scherer uses the term Sifu. The first character, or “Si”, stands for “teacher”. The second character, or “Fu”, means father. The term is widely used in martial arts schools and is an excellent description of the relationship between master and student. Sifu Scherer teaches both male and female students ranging from young to old. He offers classes in many disciplines at his school including Karate, Chinese Kenpo, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Filipino Kali, Tai Chi, Kickboxing and MMA with Jujitsu among them.
This is a wonderful opportunity for local residents who are interested in martial arts to learn about them from a qualified master. Scherer’s classes at TRIBE will cost $10.00 per session. They will take place on Mondays and Thursdays, starting June 9 at 5:00 p.m. for children aged three and over. Adult classes will follow children’s classes at 6:00 p.m. Union City students are also welcome to take her classes in Sydney if TRIBE classes don’t fit their schedules.