Authentic Tai Chi Classes in Donegal, Letterkenny Outdoor Summer Class now on.

Letterkenny Tai Chi class now on.

I’m now doing an outdoor tai chi class in Letterkenny on Saturday afternoons at 2:00. The class is held in the top right corner of the hill in Ballymacool park along the walkway. Contact me for more details. Drop-ins welcome.

Beginner Tai Chi Classes are popping up throughout County Donegal to cater to the growing interest for Tai Chi in Ireland. Generally, most Donegal Tai Chi Classes are held in parish halls and VEC centers in eight-week courses, however, in China and Taiwan, Tai Chi Classes are usually held outdoors, year-round. My tai chi teacher, Master Li, was adamant that Tai Chi should be practiced outside, preferably in the morning. In the age of the pandemic, outdoor tai chi classes make the most sense.

How Tai Chi Classes in Donegal could be better.

My Tai Chi teacher taught his public Tai Chi class every Saturday throughout the year, with a few breaks for holidays. If the weather was good, the Tai Chi class was always held outside. This is the way public tai chi is traditionally practiced and taught in China. The early morning is a beneficial time to practice tai chi, especially in pristine natural settings.

Here in Donegal, Ireland, we have an abundance of such places, yet there are no outdoor classes. Teachers are afraid of the rain and what that will do to the all-important numbers.

Master Li had me practice outside in all kinds of weather even during cold winters. I believe outdoor tai chi classes in Donegal would be fantastic in a semi-sheltered spot. The west of Ireland, Mayo, and Donegal, in particular, provide some of the best spots to practice Tai Chi in the world.

Master Li, Master Wong and myself, circa 1999

Although I have taught indoor tai chi classes I have always really wanted to do an outdoor Tai Chi class in Donegal. I had a couple of setbacks with lockdown restrictions but have finally started an outdoor tai chi class in Letterkenny. Two benefits of practicing tai chi outdoors are the fresh air and the lack of distractions we find at home. Practicing in a park helps us stay away from devices that would distract us indoors.

Many Chinese masters, including my own teachers, preferred teaching smaller groups outdoors. It is best to have a few students who want to learn and practice with each other.