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We had a great day last Sunday with Master John and Alan Ding guiding us in deepening our understanding of the fundamental Tai Chi principles of Spiral and Intention.

A certainly cold and windy morning was balanced by the heating in our hall that had been running since 7am. It was a pretty big space, but it was well used..

To those whose investment in Tai Chi can be measured in years, (or even decades), the pattern to the day was familiar. chi kung, warm ups and form, followed by explanations from Sifu and lots of partner work. To those from across Dublin, Kildare, Cork and Donegal, (that’s you Jim), also from Birmingham and London, thank you for the effort, getting there and on the day. It’s our coming together and working together that makes the results of the day much greater than the sum of its parts.

To those who attended for the first time. Stepping into a room full of strangers is never easy, especially when we’re sure they all know so much more than we do, well done. A special mention to those who have only just dipped their toe into the Tai Chi pool. Sunday saw a number of newcomers to Tai Chi who’s attendance to classes can be measured in months, some even in weeks.. Speaking to them since reveals true surprise as to the interactive and fun nature of partner work, and when asked what was their one take away moment from the day, a resultant ‘where do I start?’ look comes across the face. Excellent!

Learning Tai Chi is certainly a process of wonderous discovery, within ourselves and with others.

Keep up the good work, take what you’ve learned and practice it, for yourself and with your classmates. Then we all learn.

And when the tide rises, all boats rise..
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Wish I had been there !!! =) See some of you at the Instructor Seminar in Preston !! =D

A final reminder about Master Ding’s visit to Dublin next weekend.

He’ll be running an open Masterclass on Sunday 27th Jan in Dublin.

The topic for the day will be Spiral and Intention. This is a central theme within our Tai Chi practice and must be present within everything we do.

As always, learning is layered. Those new to these principles will be given a clear introduction and simple/uncomplicated exercises to help introduce those principles into form and partner work.

Those with some experience will be introduced to more subtle aspects, learning how small changes can have great effects.

And for those at instructor level and beyond, we will delve ever deeper into their subtleties, deepening their integration within our practice, and our ability to manifest power through their application.

And of course, we’ll all be working together, learning together, growing together.

Everyone welcome.

If you wish to book a place, contact Ross at

ross@masterdingacademy.com

Happy training
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A final reminder about Master Ding’s visit to Dublin next weekend.

He’ll be running an open Masterclass on Sunday 27th Jan in Dublin.

The topic for the day will be Spiral and Intention. This is a central theme within our Tai Chi practice and must be present within everything we do.

As always, learning is layered. Those new to these principles will be given a clear introduction and simple/uncomplicated exercises to help introduce those principles into form and partner work.

Those with some experience will be introduced to more subtle aspects, learning how small changes can have great effects.

And for those at instructor level and beyond, we will delve ever deeper into their subtleties, deepening their integration within our practice, and our ability to manifest power through their application. 

And of course, we’ll all be working together, learning together, growing together.

Everyone welcome.

If you wish to book a place, contact Ross at

ross@masterdingacademy.com

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Well that Christmas went by quickly!

I think after the long summer we had, I was ready for the season, cool days, long nights, scarves and steamy breath. All the things Christmas is made of..

And now it’s the New Year, a time for reflection on the year past, and bringing intent to bear on the year to come.

So, with that in mind, Tai Chi classes will be reopening this week with the first class running in Ranelagh on Thursday and the first full week commencing next week in Malahide on Monday.

Regardless of our reason for starting Tai Chi, there is one constant, to reap benefits, we must expend effort, effort over time. Tai Chi can certainly be a little frustrating, after the first flush of enthusiasm the reality of effort over time is realised. Unfortunately attending a few classes isn’t going to result in the smooth soft movements demonstrated by the Masters, that takes time, effort over time…

But there is a silver lining, while Tai Chi doesn’t give up its secrets quickly, (in fact a large effort over a short time is sure to bring only indifference), it is susceptible to regular attention. And the amount we do isn’t as important as the doing. If we do a little bit regularly, then Tai Chi will come. We don’t have to move heaven and earth, just ourselves, regularly…

So, we’ve had our break, time to reapply ourselves. If you’ve started tai chi in the past and have found yourself taking a break a little longer than you expected, now is the perfect time to re-enter the room. But before you do, take a moment to breathe, think about it, be sure it’s what you want to do. 2018 is gone, we can’t get that year back, time is our most precious resource.
Don’t spend it, invest it.

See you all soon.
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Well that Christmas went by quickly!

I think after the long summer we had, I was ready for the season, cool days, long nights, scarves and steamy breath. All the things Christmas is made of..

And now it’s the New Year, a time for reflection on the year past, and bringing intent to bear on the year to come.

So, with that in mind, Tai Chi classes will be reopening this week with the first class running in Ranelagh on Thursday and the first full week commencing next week in Malahide on Monday.

Regardless of our reason for starting Tai Chi, there is one constant, to reap benefits, we must expend effort, effort over time. Tai Chi can certainly be a little frustrating, after the first flush of enthusiasm the reality of effort over time is realised. Unfortunately attending a few classes isn’t going to result in the smooth soft movements demonstrated by the Masters, that takes time, effort over time…

But there is a silver lining, while Tai Chi doesn’t give up its secrets quickly, (in fact a large effort over a short time is sure to bring only indifference), it is susceptible to regular attention. And the amount we do isn’t as important as the doing. If we do a little bit regularly, then Tai Chi will come. We don’t have to move heaven and earth, just ourselves, regularly…

So, we’ve had our break, time to reapply ourselves. If you’ve started tai chi in the past and have found yourself taking a break a little longer than you expected, now is the perfect time to re-enter the room. But before you do, take a moment to breathe, think about it, be sure it’s what you want to do. 2018 is gone, we can’t get that year back, time is our most precious resource. 
Don’t spend it, invest it.

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Happy Christmas everyone!

It’s been a great year with lots of activities going on all over the place.

We’ve had two visits by Master’s John and Alan Ding, spending time on open masterclasses and Instructor development days. These continue to form the core of our work as a developing Instructor body here in Ireland. During these weekends we’re also blessed with visitors from afar, MDA students and instructors from the UK, France and Italy. More dates are in the diary for 2019, keep your eyes peeled…

Alongside that we’ve run our regular series of workshops, this year running out of Sandyford. We might need to move for 2019, while the normal form and principles workshops went well, those attending the broadsword days had to be mindful of their neighbours, more room please. We have a couple of options in the pipeline, we’ll let you know closer to the time.

Classes have continued to grow, especially within Dublin where I’m happy to report that as of right now we have 23 classes running across 21 locations, (including Co Kildare, and why wouldn’t we?), with 10 different Instructors. I also have it on good authority that another 3 new locations will be added next year, keep your eyes open.
Our Tai Chi brothers and Sisters in Cork are busy too with 4 classes running across 4 different locations in Co Cork.

We’re continuing to develop our Instructor base so that we can bring quality Tai Chi instruction to all who wish to learn.

A highlight of the 2018 year was a visit to China by a Group of MDA Instructors, including representation from Ireland, to meet and make friends with Tai Chi masters and students from a number of Tai Chi styles. We even had the pleasure of meeting a group of keen Tai Chi kids, proving that the art is accessible to all, regardless of age. While the language barrier did slow us down in the beginning, the end of the trip saw lots of smiles, new friends made, with heartfelt promises to return.

So now the evenings have closed in, preparations for the big day are well in hand, (we hope), and all that’s left to do is be happy with the progress we’ve all made this year and look forwards to meeting and having more Tai Chi fun with our friends and fellow students next year.

I say again, Happy Christmas everyone and a Prosperous New Year.

MDA Ireland
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Happy Christmas everyone!

It’s been a great year with lots of activities going on all over the place. 

We’ve had two visits by Master’s John and Alan Ding, spending time on open masterclasses and Instructor development days. These continue to form the core of our work as a developing Instructor body here in Ireland. During these weekends we’re also blessed with visitors from afar, MDA students and instructors from the UK, France and Italy. More dates are in the diary for 2019, keep your eyes peeled…

Alongside that we’ve run our regular series of workshops, this year running out of Sandyford. We might need to move for 2019, while the normal form and principles workshops went well, those attending the broadsword days had to be mindful of their neighbours, more room please. We have a couple of options in the pipeline, we’ll let you know closer to the time. 

Classes have continued to grow, especially within Dublin where I’m happy to report that as of right now we have 23 classes running across 21 locations, (including Co Kildare, and why wouldn’t we?), with 10 different Instructors. I also have it on good authority that another 3 new locations will be added next year, keep your eyes open. 
Our Tai Chi brothers and Sisters in Cork are busy too with 4 classes running across 4 different locations in Co Cork.

We’re continuing to develop our Instructor base so that we can bring quality Tai Chi instruction to all who wish to learn.

A highlight of the 2018 year was a visit to China by a Group of MDA Instructors, including representation from Ireland, to meet and make friends with Tai Chi masters and students from a number of Tai Chi styles. We even had the pleasure of meeting a group of keen Tai Chi kids, proving that the art is accessible to all, regardless of age. While the language barrier did slow us down in the beginning, the end of the trip saw lots of smiles, new friends made, with heartfelt promises to return. 

So now the evenings have closed in, preparations for the big day are well in hand, (we hope), and all that’s left to do is be happy with the progress we’ve all made this year and look forwards to meeting and having more Tai Chi fun with our friends and fellow students next year. 

I say again, Happy Christmas everyone and a Prosperous New Year.

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Best wishes from MDA Devon..... Happy Chi !!! =)

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