MDA Cork

Master Ding Academy (MDA) offers authentic, traditional Yang style Tai Chi Chuan classes. Beginners and experienced practitioners are all welcome at any of our clubs. To take part, no particular level of fitness is required.
We believe in developing a friendly, supportive learning environment in our classes and provide various social events and local workshops throughout the year. 
We also welcome opportunities to work with community or corporate groups on an ad-hoc or long-term basis.
All instructors listed on this website are certified to teach by the Master Ding Academy and must renew their registration annually. In addition, they are required, in a programme of continuous development, to improve their skills and understanding of Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan through regular training with Master Ding.
MDA Cork provides authentic Yang style Tai Chi Chuan classes for all levels including complete beginners.



Donna’s Dance Studio,
Kinsale Rd, Cork
18:15 - 19:15 Beginners / Intermediate John Buckley
19:30 - 22:00 Advanced - Invite only
John Buckley


Douglas Community School,
Clermont Avenue,
19:00 - 22:00 All levels including beginners Maurice Shanahan


Parish Centre, Clonakilty
19:30 - 20:30 All levels including beginners Mary Niles


Town Hall, Bandon
19:15 - 20:15 Beginners Mary Niles
20:15 - 21:15 Advanced Mary Niles




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Maurice Shanahan

Maurice has trained with Sifu Ding since 1995 and qualified as an instructor in 1998.


ph: 086 1714634

Mary Niles

Mary has been studying Tai Chi Chuan since 2002 and instructor training since 2005. Mary also works as a therapist specialising in Holistic Massage (Deep Tissue & Indian head), Reiki and Reflexology. 


ph: 087 2492921

John Buckley

John has been studying Tai Chi Chuan since 2001 and instructor training with sifu since 2005.


ph: 086 8058533