Aikido Cork Open Centre
Aikido Cork Open Centre

Phone: 085-764 2423


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Communication through Sight, Sound and Touch
Master the Art of Observing
Find Your Centre

The Golden Rule
"We must treat others as we wish others 
to treat us."

 "Tai Chi Chuan is an art with the hidden strength in gentle movements,
like an iron hand in a velvet glove, or a needle hidden in cotton."
- Yang Cheng Fu

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10.000 kicks once.
But I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10.000 times."
- Bruce Lee

The legendary late Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing


You do not have to be strong to begin practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan. If you are interested in practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan, please stop in to observe. Dedicated practice with physical, mental and spiritual perseverance will make you stronger. It is not magic; but a magical transformation is always a possibility. Classes are offered throughout the entire year.  Minimum age requirement for attending T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung (Qigong) classes: 18 years.

Location: 77 Douglas Street, Cork City Centre 

Our mantra is "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast."

Day Time Information
Mondays 19:00 - 20:00
T'ai Chi Ch'uan -  Beginners Class (please inquire for new session)
10 Class pass - Euro 100.00
  5 Class pass - Euro   60.00
Drop-in            - Euro  15.00
Class pass can be used over a six month period
  20:00 - 21:30 Esoteric Mindfulness Meditation - please inquire
Wednesdays 19:00 - 20:00 T'ai Chi Ch'uan -  Intermediate/Advanced Class (please inquire)


  • Private and semi private classes are available for "Round Chi Kung (Qigong) and Iron Shirt Chi Kung (Qigong) Levels 1 & 2"
  • There will be NO classes on bank holidays and other official holidays unless otherwise noted.

Classes Offered


The Word "Relax" in T'ai Chi Ch'uan
Cheng Man-ch'ing

"I have been practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan for over fifty years. Only two years ago that I started to understand the word "relax". I remember my T'ai Chi Ch'uan teacher Yang Cheng-Fu who did not like to talk much and he used to sit all day without saying a word if no one asked him questions. However, in our T'ai Chi class he would tell us to "relax" repeatedly. Sometimes it seemed like he would say the word hundreds of times during the practice so that the word could fill up my ears. Strangely enough he also said that if he did not tell me of this word that I would not be able to learn T'ai Chi in three life-times (meaning never). I doubted his words then. Now that I think back, I truly believe that if he did not keep reminding me of the word "relax", I doubt if I could have learned T'ai Chi Ch'uan in six life-times.

What is the meaning of "relax" in T'ai Chi? Here is an example to help you understand the word. When we go visit a Buddhist temple we usually see a statue of Me-Lo Buddha. The one who has a big rounded stomach with a big smile on his face. He carries a large bag on his shoulder. On top of this statue we see a motto: "Sit with a bag. Walk with a bag. It would be such a relief to drop the bag." What does all this mean? To me, a person himself or herself is a bag. Everything he or she owns is baggage, including one's children, family, position and wealth. It is difficult to drop any of one's baggage, especially the "self" bag.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan is difficult to learn. To relax in practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan is the most difficult phase to go through. To relax a person's mind is the most significant obstacle to overcome in practicing T'ai Chi. It takes a great effort to train and exercise one's mind to relax (or drop one's "self" bag)."

(Attempted translation by Celia Chen, July 1992)

Advanced T'ai Chi Ch'uan Instructions
Cheng Man-ch'ing 

"If you ask me what I have gained from forty years of study, it can be summed up in twelve words: Swallow the chi of Heaven; receive the earth's strength; longevity through softness.  If you ask its usefulness, then I would answer that in the human body, chi leads the blood.  Therefore, if the chi flourishes, then the blood flourishes.  Heaven is rich in great chi.   To avail oneself of much of it cannot be considered greed. Strength is very useful for the human body.  The earth is valued for its supporting power.  If we can receive just a tiny bit of it, the usefulness will be infinite.  If one can develop softness, then a Lao Tzu says, one can be like a child.  In this way, our life has no limit."

Quoting from Professor Cheng in his book "Cheng Man Ch'ing's Advanced T'ai Chi Form" instructions on page 32, translated by Douglas Wile


"Eight forces sustain creation:
Movement and stillness,
Solidification and fluidity,
Extension and contraction,
Unification and division."

"The body should be triangular, the mind circular.
The triangle represents the generation of energy and is the most stable physical posture.
The circle symbolizes serenity and perfection, the source of unlimited techniques.
The square stands for solidity, the basis of applied control."

"The key to good technique is
to keep your hands, feet, and hips straight and centred.
If you are centred, you can move freely.
The physical centre is your belly;
if your mind is set there as well, you are assured of victory in any endeavour."

"Manifest yang in your right hand,
Balance it with the yin of your left,
And guide your partner." 

Morihei Ueshiba - Founder of Aikido


Technical Director Aikido:
Philippe Gouttard Sensei, Shihan (7th Dan)
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho:
Detlef Decker Sensei, 5th Dan
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

The Cork Open Centre is a holistic learning Centre offering affordable ongoing evening classes, full-day and weekend workshops, and advanced training in Aikido, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Hanmi Buddhism and Reiki.

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

The Cork Open Centre admits students of any race, colour, age, gender, and sexual preference to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available to all members. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in our educational and admissions policies. Minimum age requirement for attending Aikido classes is 16 years and for T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Chi Kung (Qigong) classes is 18 years of age. 



Ai - Love by Hiroshi Ikeda


"The Art of Peace"

Study how water flows in a valley
stream, smoothly and freely
between the rocks. Also learn from
holy books and wise people.
Everything - even mountains,
rivers, plants and trees -
should be your teacher.


Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

T'ai Chi Ch'uan 
"The Supreme Ultimate"

Knowing others is intelligence,
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength,
Mastering yourself is true power.




At least for today: 

Don't get angry.
Don't be grievous.
Express your thanks.
Be diligent in your business.
Be kind to others. 

For improvement of mind and body.
Usui Reiki Ryoho.

The Founder
Mikao Usui 


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