Aikido Cork Open Centre
Aikido Cork Open Centre

Phone: 085-764 2423


What is Chi Kung - Round Chi Kung - Tai Chi Chi Kung - Iron Shirt Nai Kung - Falun Dafa Chi Kung - Classes - Wisdom

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

The Buddha taught his followers to recall and recite the 
Five Remembrances every day:
"- I am of the nature to grow old.  There is no way to escape growing old.
- I am of the nature to have ill health.  There is no way to escape having ill health.
- I am of the nature to die.  There is no way to escape death.
- All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.
- My actions are my only true belongings.  I cannot escape the
consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand."

"Freedom is not given to us by anyone;
we have to cultivate it ourselves."
- Thich Nhat Hanh

"The true Martial Artist is a man so strong inside that he has no
need to demonstrate his power."
- Ed Parker, American Kenpo

What is Chi Kung

Chi Kung (Qigong) is an ancient Chinese esoteric energy exercise that utilizes breathing and visualization.  While Tai Chi is good for relaxation, Chi Kung is good for energizing.  Tai Chi is Yin training; Chi Kung is Yang training. The latter is often called Nai Kung, meaning internal power.  The movements are simple. They are done in a standing posture with breathing and visualization. 

Round Chi Kung 

Round Chi Kung is especially good in opening and aligning your feet, ankles, knees, groin and lower back. The movements are simpler than Tai Chi; and a single movement is repeated many times. 

Tai Chi Chi Kung 

More vigorous and more Yang than Round Chi Kung. There are 14 sets of postures. Most of the form comes from the traditional Taoist Chi Kung called Iron Shirt Nai Kung. The primary purpose of this Chi Kung is to create internal power in the navel energy centre and the root centre.  This Chi Kung was used by Taoist monks as a preparation for spiritual enlightenment and as a power training for martial arts. Iron Shirt Nai Kung

Iron Shirt Nai Kung

Pre-requisite: Tai Chi Chi Kung. More advanced than Tai Chi Chi Kung. There are 24 sets of movements: 12 Yin and 12 Yang. It is more powerful, more Yang in character, and more strenuous than Tai Chi Chi Kung. This has all the original Iron Shirt Nai Kung movements. After practicing this from, one can become very strong in body and mind, experience a warrior-like power, and take punches without bruising.

Falun Dafa Chi Kung

Falun Dafa is an advanced self-cultivating practice of the Buddha School.  Falun Dafa was founded by Mr. Li Hangshi, the practice's master.  It is a discipline in which assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe - Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) - is the foundation of practice.  Practice is guided by these supreme qualities, and based on the very laws with underlie the development of the cosmos.


Private and semi private classes are available for "Round Chi Kung (Qigong), Tai Chi Chi Kung (Qigong) and Iron Shirt Nai Kung (Qigong).   Please contact the dojo/studio for additional information.  


"Understand that the essence of Martial Arts is not the art itself,
but what is hidden deep within yourself."
- Gogen Yamaguchi

"Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace
and no enemy will dare to challenge you."
- O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

"Train Strong to Remain Strong."
Sijo Adriano D. Emperado, Kajukenbo




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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