MDA Dublin

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 Dublin provides authentic Yang style Tai Chi Chuan classes in Malahide, Clontarf, Ranelagh, Dundrum, D2, D4, and Dun Laoghaire

Contact Number: 0877 527 013



Arts and Business Campus,
40 Lower Drumcondra Road
Dublin 9 
10:00am - 11:30am Beginners Nicole Demel


Clontarf Parish, Church of St John the Baptist, Seafield Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland

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8:00pm - 9:30pm Suitable for all levels including beginners Ross Cousens


Cnr Clontarf rd and Howth rd, Clontarf, Dublin
6:30pm - 10:00pm Senior Students and Instructors. Invitation only. Ross Cousens


Lotus Yoga, 
5 Little Fitzwilliam Place, 
Dublin 2
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6:15pm - 7:45pm Suitable for all levels including beginners Mark Brady


Dublin Holistic Centre, 28 South William street, Dublin 2

19:40 - 20:55 Beginners Sean O'Grady


Lantern Centre
15 Synge Street
Dublin 8
6:00pm - 7:15pm Beginners Nicole Demel


Dance Ireland
Dance House
Foley Street
Dublin 1 
18:30 - 20:00 All levels including beginners Nicole Demel


Lucan Educate Together National School, Mount Bellew Way, Lucan, Dublin
20:00 - 21:30 All levels Sean Aylward


Malahide Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, The Square, Malahide, Co Dublin, Ireland

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7:30pm - 9:00pm Suitable for all levels including beginners Ross Cousens


Dublin Yoga Studio: Ranelagh, 28 Dartmouth Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
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8:15pm - 9:45pm Suitable for all levels including beginners Ross Cousens




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Ross Cousens

Ross is one of a number of qualified Master Ding Academy instructors teaching Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung in Ireland. He has been training under Master Ding since 1997 and has been assisting Master Ding with classes, seminars and retreats across Europe since 2001.

Ross's teaching aims to integrate the life affirming principles found within the ancient Chinese practices of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, with the hectic lifestyles that we all lead today.

This fusion of the ancient and modern worlds is attained through the mindful practice of Tai Chi and Chi Kung on a daily basis. This inner discipline results in the much sought after Strong Body and Still Mind, as often described by Tai Chi texts.

Class structure includes solo and partner work where students are encouraged to work together to mutual benefit. This results in an informal, fun environment where every person has an opportunity to learn from everyone else.

ph: 0877 527 013

For those interested in the martial aspects of the art, introduction to the practicalities of postures and movements are included. Once basic skills are attained, Tai Chi Chuan as a fighting art can be explored. Evening and Day classes available across Dublin .

Private tuition availble upon request.

Prior to Tai Chi Chuan, Ross has had experience in Judo, Aikido & Kung Fu.

Sheila Cousens

Sheila has been training with Master Ding since 1997 achieving her MDA Traditional Instructor qualification in 2003. Sheila is also an IMAC Qualified Instructor.

Sean Aylward

Sean has over 18 years Tai Chi Chuan experience and is training with Master John Ding since 1993.


He is an executive member of the Irish Martial Art Comminsion as recognised by the Irish Sports Council.


Sean had other previous martial arts training i.e. Bushido, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kendo and Kickboxing.

t: 087 967 0933

Chris Davala

Chris has been trainiing with Master John Ding since 1996 and has over 20 years experience in Tai Chi Chuan. He had also previously trained in Wado Ryu Karate.


In addition, Chris is a qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, providing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs through his own private clinic.


ph: 01 2801740

Mark Brady

Mark has been Instructor training with Sifu Ding since 2006 and has also studied a variety of Martial Arts including Karate,Judo,Wing Chun and Aikido.


ph: 086 3555369

Sean O'Grady

Sean has been practicing Tai Chi with Master Ding Academy since 2008, becoming Instructor qualified in 2013.

Contact Sean by email or mobile:


mob: 086 080 0236

Nicole Demel

1993 Began practising Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan ITCCA in Tuebingen, Germany.

2000 Changed Lineage to Master John Ding Academy London Traditional Yang Style

2005 Began Tai Chi Instructor Training with Master John Ding at his Academy
in London and Germany.

2007 Began training and working as a macrobiotic vegan cook.

2008 Began teaching Traditional Tai Chi Chuan as part of an adult education/rehabilitation programme in Germany.

2014 Moved to Dublin and started teaching Traditional Tai Chi Chuan at various locations in the city. Began working as a vegan macrobiotic cook and teacher.