Morning Courses

Morning & Evening Classes in South Dublin

Tai Chi 



All Levels

Start Date

January                January


Jang Dong                   Rita Kelly

Course Overview

Tai Chi is an ancient form of mind/body exercise rooted in the unique Spiritual Philosophy of Taoism. This is best summed up by the famous Yin/Yang symbol which reflects harmony, balance and perfect relationship.

Tai Chi is a practical application of this theory and is therefore a perfect antidote to the negative effects of modern life. The practice itself involves subtle postural alignments combined with mindfulness training. It promotes a return to deep natural breathing which improves the flow of Qi [energy] to the internal organs.

The nervous system relaxes and releases stress, leading to a profound feeling of well-being. The Tai Chi Form is a moving in and out of specific body positions in coordinated patterns. The movement is slow, precise and pumps energy around the body releasing blockages and strengthening weaknesses. It also has a Martial aspect and can at the advanced levels function as a self defence method.

Tai chi benefits are well documented; conditions known to respond well include fatigue, stress, anxiety, low mood, poor immunity, weak digestion, back/bone and muscle problems, menstrual dysfunction, blood pressure and arthritis.

Qi Gong is a modern term for ancient Chinese Taoist exercises “Dao Yin”. These range from sitting, lying, standing to walking, moving, and dancing forms. Dao Yin/Qi Gong can trace its origins all the way back to prehistoric times. The term itself literally means Energy Work. That is learning to work with one’s own energy, and also with the relationship of one’s own energy to others and the environment.

A variety of Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements will be introduced over the course of the 12 weeks. As exercise forms, Tai Chi and Qi Gong suit all people regardless of age or gender. Students should wear loose fitting clothing and bring water to each class.  


Yang Dong

The tutor, Master Dong Yang, comes from a traditional Chinese Kung Fu family. He is a native of Ji Lin province and an 8th-generation Shaolin Fo Han practitioner, a distinctive ancestral or family tradition-style learned under Grandmaster Zhang Qi Chen.  Master Dong is also a member of the Chinese Wushu Association, and is a qualified instructor in Taiji Quan (Tai Chi), Shaolin Fo Han Quan, and San Shou (Chinese Kick Boxing).


Rita Kelly 

The tutor, Rita Kelly is a certified Level 1 Tai Chi instructor with the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong.  She started learning Tai Chi more than 20 years ago with Gary Collins, founder of the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong and has had the opportunity to practice Tai Chi & Qi Gong with various teachers over 6 years while living in China.  Since returning to Ireland, she has completed the Jade Sun School Level 1 Tai Chi Instructor training course, allowing her to bring Tai Chi to those in her community.  Rita continues her Tai Chi & Qi Gong development by attending workshops and courses with the Jade Sun School.



Book your place on a class

Book Tuesday Morning

Yang Dong

(Not available until January)


9.15 – 10.45am
(12 weeks)


Book Thursday Morning

Rita Kelly

(Not available until January)


9.30 – 10.45am
(10 weeks)