King Tiger Tae Kwon Do "Where Life Champions Are Trained"

It's not just self-defense! Feel great and become disciplined through traditional martial arts, so you can unleash your inner champion. King Tiger is the Charlotte Magazine Voter's Choice Winner for Best Martial Arts Classes for five years in a row (and counting!). Our classes are high energy, sometimes with music, and we like you to leave nice and sweaty.

Why? Because a great workout focused on a mind-body connection will help you with:

  • Goal Setting
  • Character Building
  • Stress Relief
  • Overall Wellness
  • Boosted Self-Confidence
  • Focus
  • And so much more!

Students thrive in our relaxed, yet focused, atmosphere. You'll be amazed at how quickly you progress - we have programs that cater to the individual interests of our community. Students range from all ages with a variety of interests.

But what if you're a total beginner or nervous to start something really cool but new... that's ok!

Our students come from all walks of life and start at different fitness levels. We love to work with beginners and elite athletes alike. No matter what your starting level is, you'll get a great workout, gain lean muscle, and learn techniques to keep you and your family safe. Controlled, fast-paced, and fun movements are led by expert instructors. They meet you where your starting level is. Many of our students have no prior experience...and they just can't get enough of our classes! 

We're Family Friendly. The majority of adults in our classes are parents of the kids that are training! All aspects of our center are arranged to build a balanced relationship of trust and respect with our students. The young students are respectful and friendly.  They use our classes as an outlet to have fun, burn off some pent up energy, learn crucial self-defense skills, and become better athletes.

Steeped in Tradition. Originating in Korea, our training and philosophy has been preserved from the original teachings and is one of the fastest growing programs on the East Coast! We are focused and determined to serve you with the highest quality instruction, professionalism, and service in the industry. King Tiger Taekwondo (TKD) has proudly been offering this level of instruction and Tae Kwon Do training in North Carolina since 1988.

Be sure to read below for some motivating information on our leadership here at King Tiger. Also...make sure check out our super-low web special going on right now...classes fill up fast because it's such a great deal, reserve your spot today!

Get ready to experience the best prices, the most amazing staff, and have the most fun you've EVER had getting fit! We can't wait to train with you, see you soon!

School History - Grandmaster Jung, School Founder

Originally founded in Korea by a ninth degree black belt, Grandmaster Jung, Byung Hwa, in 1959. The school was formally known as Wang-Ho.

By his late twenties Grandmaster Jung had achieved mastership in Tae Kwon Do and had served extensively in the Korean Military, teaching troops hand to hand combat skills through the art of Tae Kwon Do. In 1959 Grandmaster Jung opened the first King Tiger Academy in Seoul Korea.

Today, there are over one hundred and twenty King Tiger Tae Kwon Do schools on four continents with over thirty in Seoul alone. One of the first US King Tiger Academies was established by Master Byung Seouk Lee in Greenville, NC in 1988.

Meet Conrad Hartle
Owner at King Tiger Tae Kwon Do Lake Norman in Huntersville, NC
5th Degree Black Belt

Conrad Hartle is the owner and Head Instructor of King Tiger Tae Kwon Do Lake Norman, and holds some impressive rankings: 5th Dan Tae Kwon Do/3rd Lakan Philippine Combatives/ 2nd Dan Hap Ki Do to name a few.

He also holds rank in Brazilian Jujutsu, has been certified CDT Tactical Master Instructor in Tom Patire's Non-Deadly Force Method, and Survive Instructor in Last Resort Tactics (LRT).

Graduating from the University of Texas San Antonio with a degree in Electrical Engineering, his career took him extensively throughout North America and Europe for years. He began training in Tae Kwon Do in 2003 with Master Terrance Evins and under Grandmaster Byung Lee, and when the opportunity presented itself, he opened his school in Huntersville, NC.

Mr. Hartle has been teaching martial arts for over 12 years to both children and adults. Since opening King Tiger Tae Kwon Do Lake Norman in 2007, he has dedicated his time and energy to helping 1000s of children and adults experience martial arts training the way he learned from Master Evins and Grandmaster Lee.

He is passionate about teaching martial arts and wants to help change his students' lives for the better.

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How to Get Started

Come join our Huntersville, NC facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Kali, Birthday Parties, Summer Camp, and After School . Choose a program that most interests you and take the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (704) 892-1880 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!