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.



Bandon Town Hall
81 An Phríomhshráid Thuaidh
19:15 - 20:15 Beginners Mary Niles
20:15 - 21:15 Advanced Mary Niles


Carrigaline Community Complex
Church Rd
Carrigaline Middle
2000 - 2100 Suitable for beginners Maria Exposito


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


Mardyke Arena
Mardyke Walk
Western Road
1040 - 1135 Beginners welcome Maria Exposito


Turners Cross Community Centre
Church View
1830 - 1930 Beginners and Intermediate John Buckley
2000 - 2200 Advanced John Buckley




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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

Maria Exposito

Maria took up Tai Chi training for the first time in 2008 but after 3 years she took a break to go into her Shiatsu studies.  She has been training with Master Ding since 2016, qualifying as an instructor in 2018.  Maria works as a Shiatsu practitioner and is the secretary of the Shiatsu Society of Ireland.  

Maria hails from Leon in Northwest Spain and has been living in Ireland since 2002.