Focused Mind

Healthy Body

Positive Spirit

Having a focused mind, healthy body, and positive spirit are even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for a free class by calling (704) 900-3005 or by enrolling in an Introductory Tai Chi class.

Authentic Tai Chi in the Heart of Lake Norman

Nestled in the outskirts of Cornelius, North Carolina is Lake Norman Tai Chi Center teaching students the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi (its more common name) is a unique form of "moving meditation" that calms your mind, relaxes your body and strengthens your spirit. Much of Tai Chi is practiced slowly and gently, ideal for people of all ages and health conditions.

Though most people take up Tai Chi for its tremendous health benefits through its gentle, focused movements. Others are intrigued by the fact that Tai Chi is actually a highly-effective martial art where emphasis is placed on cultivating "chi," or internal energy, as opposed to simply developing muscle mass and brute force.

For centuries Chinese people have practiced this life-enhancing art and today, millions more around the world have joined them. Whether you choose this art for health, self-defense, or both, you'll quickly discover how much calmer and more at peace you feel.

Many studies have been done over the years that show the benefits of Tai Chi to your health and well-being. The studies include such diverse topics as longevity [1], tension headaches [2], bone density [3], mood and self-esteem [4], and much more.

... I have dislocated one hip 4 times, because I was careless. Likely I would have had to have had it replaced without Tai Chi to help with the strengthening (the surgeon threatened that) and constant reminders to be fully aware of what we're doing. Breathing exercises and meditation have been emotional and mental life-savers, if not physically, and those I do use daily!

Pat Blackwell, 81, Mooresville NC Read what else our students are saying about us

Tai Chi has many benefits. Here are just a few:

  • More efficient breathing
  • Improved strength, coordination and flexibility
  • Superior health and fitness
  • Increased energy, stamina and agility
  • Reduced effects of everyday stress
  • Greater awareness of your surroundings
  • Deeper calmness and overall sense of well being
  • Improved balance and lower risk of falls
  • Improved quality of sleep

Lake Norman Tai Chi Center is the only Martial Arts school in the Lake Norman area that primarily teaches the art of Tai Chi Chuan. We have an extensive curriculum that covers all aspects of Tai Chi. Starting with our fundamentals, qigong, and open hand forms at the beginner levels. Then flowing into push hands, partner forms, weapons forms, and martial applications at the intermediate to advanced levels.

Each class includes students at all levels of training. After a series of group activities, the class is divided depending on what block level you are training in. The student will then train on wherever they are in the curriculum. This structure allows the instructor to give each student personal attention and guidance, correcting as needed, giving insight into the movements, and instructing on what comes next.

As a traditional Chinese Martial Arts school, everyone at Lake Norman Tai Chi Center is part of a large Kung Fu Family. We look out for each other, help each other, and train with each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced student, we all can learn something from each other. Even the instructors have been known to learn a thing or two from their students.

The classes have developed into a regular exercise/meditation regime. I have dropped 10 1lbs of excess weight and put on 5 lbs of muscle. My balance is better, my heart rate is better, my blood pressure is better. My mind is beginning to be more calm.

Wm. Beau Wagner, 64, Mooresville, NC Read what else our students are saying about us

Tai Chi For All

Whether you're a college student looking for mental focus for studying, a busy executive looking for stress management due to a hectic schedule, an athlete looking to achieve peak performance, a work-at-home or stay-at-home parent wanting superior health and fitness or anybody who wants a healthy body, focused mind and positive spirit, you will find no better than the Chinese Martial Art of Tai Chi Chuan to help you achieve and maintain your goals.

Our head instructor, Sifu Dale Guadagna, and Tai Chi Instructor Dale Saufley, are both certified Tai Chi Instructors who learned their craft and earned their certification under the tutelage of Master Eric Sbarge at The Peaceful Dragon. Their philosophy is that each and every student is capable of a high level of mastery of the arts, no matter what their skill level. In addition, they believe that each student should be treated with respect, dignity, and equality regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, political views, and philosophies on life, the universe, and everything.

Lake Norman Tai Chi Center services areas and neighboring communities in North Mecklenburg County including Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, Lake Norman, and the University Area of North Charlotte in North Carolina; Iredell County including Mooresville; and Cabarrus County including Concord plus many towns beyond.

Discover Your Potential

With so many schools in the area teaching aikido, tae kwon do, kick boxing, karate, jujitsu, pilates and every form of yoga you can think of, how do you choose? We suggest that you do your due diligence and explore, investigate and compare your options including signing up for a Free Introductory Tai Chi class.

Ask us about the other styles we offer including Pakua Chang and Hsing-I Chuan Kung Fu, Ch'an (Zen) Meditation and Chinese Yoga.

Register for your Free Class online, or call us at (704) 900-3005. Today, more than ever, is a great time to start your journey towards a healthy body, focused mind and positive spirit!

I think it has helped me with my stress. I've been incorporating more meditation into my week.

Susan McRitchie, 63, Huntersville, NC Read what else our students are saying about us