About Lau Lie
Martial Arts and Wellness

Lau Lie Martial Arts and Wellness was founded by Master Charles (Charlie) Zayas, with a lineage incorporating old and new Yang style.

Originally established in 1993, Lau Lie Martial Arts and Wellness continues its tradition as a martial arts studio specializing in the practices of Qigong, Tai Chi Chuan and Meditation. With emphasis on a holistic approach, students are guided in the cultivation of energy and power for wellness and healing.


The Lau Lie Martial Arts and Wellness school occupies a spacious 1000 sq ft. studio conveniently and safely accessed on Memorial Highway. The learning center is enhanced by the serenity of the softly lit open environment. Mirrored walls provide optimal viewing and feedback during group and private sessions.


5915 Memorial Hwy, Suite 116
Tampa, FL 33615
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Our classes promote
mind and body wellness



By nurturing and using internal energy through practical techniques and application, the body and spirit is trained to develop a quality lifestyle of vitality and longevity with healthy benefits.

Three core classes are offered:


The term literally means energy work. At its essence, Qigong trains in the use of energy rather than muscles to move the body. Combining physical movements as well as mind and breathing exercises, energy is directed to flow within the body.

New Qigong classes forming now for Monday's at 9:00 am.  

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a mind/body/spirit workout embodying a series of mental and physical exercise to tone and generate energy within the body – popularly called moving meditation. Practice of these slow-motion movements or postures encourages circulation, flexibility and vitality. The depth of this practice connects to its roots as a martial arts.

  • Intro to Tai Chi: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 6:00 pm. 
  • Regular Tai Chi: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
  • Weapons training: Wednesday, 7:00 - 7:30 pm


At the root of meditation is the belief that connectivity and community are vital for health and healing. Physical, emotional and spiritual wellness are explored by drawing from differing sects of meditation techniques.

Additional Studies

Private Classes

Private classes are available to fit your schedule, please contact us for more information. 



Private Sessions • One-on-One with Master Charlie Zayas
Classes are directed towards individual development with focus on sustained progress.
Total Tai Chi Chuan training is structured with classes in the following elements: Meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi, Push-Hands and Weapons (sabers and swords.)

QI Gong Assistant and Instructor Certification courses
These rigorous courses are primarily grounded in traditional Chinese healing practices and application to the body’s energy systems. The training regimen consists of medical theories, specific Qigong exercises and related movements. Classes lay a professional foundation for improving personal health or further community work.

Private Sessions as well as Qigong Certification track
Courses are individually scheduled and priced upon qualified levels determined at the onset. Both track rates are inclusive of two weekly optional core group classes.


  • Iris
    So grateful to have found this school. Master Charlie is very knowlegable and patient. I credit the Qigong techniques Master Charlie has shown me with ease or even curing signs and symptoms of depression. I strongly encourage everyone to give Qigong and this school in particular a try.
  • Sam
    I have always wanted to take a Tai Chi class and had the opportunity after joining the ‘J’. I quickly learned that I wanted more and began taking lessons with Sifu Charlie at Lau Lie. Sifu Charlie is passionate about Tai Chi and very knowlegeable. He creates an atmosphere of community and support among participants while being aware of each member’s strengths and weaknesses. This is a fun and encouraging learning environment for mindful meditative movement.
  • Susan M
    My training with Master Charlie began 2+ years ago and I have not looked back. As time goes on my practice only gets richer as I discover more about my own intuitive nature. I look forward to my continued journey as we delve into other areas of practice.
    Susan M
  • Mei C
    True to his moniker of sifu, Charlie is a teacher of high standards with mastery of his practice. He provides individual attention that astutely guides and relates to a particular person’s level of achievement. In class, there is focus on individual progress with corrections and refinements on both the physical and mental levels. Ultimately, the sessions translate to a sense of well-being and valued accomplishment for any student. A kind, generous spirit is evident.
    Mei C
  • George B
    Sifu Charlie Zayas is a great Tai Chi Chuan tutor and mentor. I would recommend him to not only students who are taking Tai Chi in school but also for people like me (seniors) who are learning Tai Chi on their own spare time. Charly is the most attentive to your needs and the most dedicated teacher I know in Martial Arts.
    George B
  • Mary S
    I had the opportunity to try one of Charlie's classes a few weeks ago and have been back for every one offered since then. During this crazy time, what Charlie teaches is what we all need. He is patient and accessible and gives each of his students the tools to find their own path. I feel very blessed to be learning from such a wonderful teacher.
    Mary S

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