Kenpo-Karate    Tai Chi    Qigong   Meditation

Discover your Human Potential 

We are committed to enhancing the quality of life through the balancing of mind and body. Founded by Michael Nolan, an Army Veteran with over four decades of profound experience and unwavering dedication to Asian Arts, including Zen meditation, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Martial Arts. We extend an invitation for you to explore and unlock your human potential. As an educational and meditative entity; we operate as a registered IRS 501c3 non-profit, firmly established with the purpose of facilitating the improvement of humanity globally. 


Kenpo-Karate School

No Class from May 28 - June 6, 2024 .Our Martial Arts group will follow a curriculum from white to black belt. Goals: develop and improve martial arts skills within our system. For ages 16 years and older. Martial Arts training includes Kenpo, Chin Na, Kobudo, Kata, and self-protection. Date: Tues. & Thurs. Time 5:30pm-6:50pm. Address: 63 N Main St, Weaverville, NC 28787. (First Baptist Church) Rear of Building in the community room next to the back parking lot.

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Empty Hand Kata
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Weapons Kata Kobudo

Tai Chi: "Four Seasons" Form


Our Tai Chi form is characterized by visually beautiful, fluid, gentle, and graceful movements performed within a meditative state of mind. Recognized for its low-impact nature, this practice contributes to the enhancement of flexibility and the expansion of the range of motion. We invite you to visit our YouTube channel, where you can explore and acquire proficiency in all eight sections. The instructional videos have been meticulously filmed in a mirror image format, ensuring an accessible and enjoyable learning experience.

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Tai Chi "Four Season" Form
Qigong: "Seven Heavenly Postures" Seated Form 

A set of seven gently choreographed postures suitable for individuals of all ages, including those dealing with arthritis and wheelchair users. This sequence aims to rejuvenate, relax, and soothe the mind, body, and spirit, offering a beautiful and enjoyable learning experience. The flowing movements not only calm and strengthen but also lubricate joints and tissues, enhancing blood and Qi circulation throughout the body. Harmonizing meridians and gently massaging internal organs.

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Qigong "Seven Heavenly Postures" Seated Form
Standing Tree Qigong
Standing Tree Qigong  

The Standing Meditation practice embodies a profound connection with the Pure Nature Energies, fostering a profound alignment with the Higher Energies of the Universe. This unique form of Standing Like a Tree represents a specialized method of spiritual training within the realm of Taoist martial arts. Additionally, we invite you to explore this practice within the context of the American Buddhist Sangha for a holistic and enriching experience.

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Standing Tree Qigong Form

Explore our "YouTube" Zen Do USA channel to access a variety of enriching educational video lessons. Delve into the realms of Qigong Seated/Standing, Meditation, Tai Chi, and Kenpo Katas, as well as Kobudo Katas, all available for your enjoyment at no cost.


Curious about who we are? 

We're a close-knit and devoted Sangha (community) that brings a distinctive approach to Tai Chi, Qigong, Zen meditation, and martial Arts ( Kenpo-Karate, Chin Na, Kobudo). While our style is informal and lighthearted, it remains deeply grounded in centuries-old traditions and teachings. Engage in our diverse activities, ranging from Tai Chi and Qigong to meditations and martial arts. As a 501c3 NonProfit organization, we're dedicated to providing a platform for you to explore and unlock your human potential. Join us on this fulfilling journey!

Our humble journey commenced in August 2000 with a vision to integrate our knowledge of Asian arts, including Zen Meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi, Kenpo, Kobudo, and Aikido, within a collegiate setting. This marked the initiation of our instructional venture at Broward College in Davie, Florida.

At the heart of our beginnings were a dedicated group of instructors: Dr. Ralph Sing, Manny Quintero, Captain Guillermo Bocanegra of the USMC, and myself. Throughout our tenure, we had the privilege of imparting knowledge to hundreds of college students and the local community of Broward County. Following my retirement in 2020, my family and I relocated to Western North Carolina, where we continue our journey of sharing our profound understanding of the Asian Arts.

       Our Driving Force / Our Vision / Our Central Approach

Our driving force is dedicated to fostering an understanding of human potential within a secure environment, simultaneously enriching the body, spirit, and life aspects. These principles manifest through daily life choices, academic achievements, social interactions, and the cultivation of values such as determination, emotional balance, and discipline. We extend a warm invitation for you to join us and partake in our activities – an opportunity to balance your life, explore the harmonization of spirit and mind, and have a bit of fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Engage with friendly, outgoing individuals while learning about Zen, meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Buddhism, and martial arts.

Our vision revolves around the integration of community members through the fabric of social and physical mindfulness, embracing the way of oneness. We envision a lifestyle that supports individuals in developing and maintaining both physical and mental well-being. Our aspiration is to assist each member in achieving excellence across all facets of their lives – physical, mindfulness, and communal. Comprising educators, students, professionals, and individuals, we share a belief that through compassion, meditation, education, and positive action, we can make a positive impact in our world. As dedicated individuals with a common vision, we are committed to peace, education, non-violent conflict resolution, kindness, personal empowerment, community activism, and sustainability.

Central to our approach is "The Way of Oneness," a fundamental principle that permeates all our activities. We recognize the common bond that connects us all – the desire to know oneself. Committed to expanding the idea of Oneness in every aspect of our lives, each member acts as a diplomat sharing the nature of Oneness in their unique way. They contribute to the sharing, teaching, and exploration of their understanding of Oneness through various mediums and actions/non-actions. Embracing freedom to move, observe, reflect, and incorporating mindful awareness, our members consider the way they treat the world, neighbors, friends, family, and themselves, as well as their consumption, thoughts, and behavior. Join us for in person or online for our Tai Chi, Qi Gong, meditation, Kenpo-Karate, Chin Na, and Kobudo classes.


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