What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a sequence of dynamic movements that combine soft and hard, with fast and slow, actions in a balanced and natural way that
adheres to the philosophical Taoist principles of yin and yang from the "yijing" (Book of Changes). Contained within its framework are
spiralling, twisting, and unique silk reeling energy movements, jumps, leaps and explosive energy releases.

During practice the body remains relaxed with the practitioners' consciousness, breathing and actions all closely connected. These unique
features enhance benefits to health, fitness, and weight-loss and are just a few of the reasons why so many people, regardless of age and
level of fitness, regularly practice Chen Style Tai Chi throughout the world today.

Chen Style Tai Chi continues to remain true to its original meaning and application since its creation - with the current head of the Chen
Family, Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, internationally recognised as one of the highest level masters within the art.

Tai Chi and Health
Tai Chi exercises regulate all systems within the body improving digestion, respiration and circulation. As the movements are performed in a
relaxed manner this can also lead to a reduction in stress-related disorders. The low-impact nature of the routines improves the condition of
bones, joints and muscles without strain whilst encouraging balance, focus, flexibility and co-ordination to promote health and vitality within the

Tai Chi is recognised by the Chinese Government and many Health Institutes around the world as the form of exercise that offers one of the
greatest all-round benefits to health.

Who can practice Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and levels of physical fitness. The movements can be performed slowly and gently for health and
relaxation, or faster and more powerfully for fitness and self defence applications.

What is Chen Style Tai Chi?
Chen Style Tai Chi (Taijiquan) was created in Chenjiagou Village, Wenxian County, Henan Province, China in the late Ming Dynasty, almost
400 years ago, by the 9th generation Chen family member, General Chen Wangtin. Following a decorated military career General Chen
retired to Chenjiagou where he began formulating an internal martial art that incorporated the wisdom of the ancient Taoist philosophy of Yin
and Yang, with specialised breathing techniques, and a profound understanding of the internal energy meridians, "jingluo", used in
Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Such was its intrinsic power that the art was only passed from master to student in great secrecy and remained hidden for almost 300 years
within the village. It was not until the 14th generation of the Chen family (around 120 years ago) that Grandmaster Chen Changxing taught
the art to Yang Luchan, a household servant. Yang Luchan (founder of Yang Style Tai Chi) was the first to take the art away from the village
and quickly his reputation spread throughout China as an unbeatable Kungfu master using this fascinating art.

During the popularisation of Yang Style, Chen Style remained within Chenjiagou, with its village members dedicated to the advancement of all
aspects of their tradition, just as their ancestors had done for almost 400 years.

Chen Style Tai Chi has only recently made its appearance on the world scene and is fast becoming the most popular form of Tai Chi in the
world today. Both old and young Tai Chi practitioners are beginning to appreciate why generations of the Chen family were determined to
maintain their sacred art in its purest form so that everyone may experience the maximum benefits under their guidance.

Who will my instructor be?
Your instructor will be Damian Kierans.  Damian is a Martial Arts Master instructor and has been training in the martial arts for 25 years and
teaching the martial arts for over fifteen years.
 Damian currently holds the following grades & qualifications:

> 7th Dan GrandMaster,  Ryukyu Kempo
> 7th Dan GrandMaster,  Kyusho Jitsu
(Dim Mak)
> 6th Dan Shotokan Karate
> 5th Duan Wei Chen Style Tai Chi
> 4th Dan Kickboxing
> 2nd Dan  Kiai Jitsu
> 1st Dan Iaido

> Chen Style Tai Chi & Qigong Level 5 Instructor
- certified by Grandmaster Liming Yue
> Self Defence Instructor - certified by Geoff Thompson and the BCA.
> BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Self Defence Instruction - certified by NFPS
> BTEC Level 3 Advanced Restraint & Breakaway Instructor - certified by NFPS
> BTEC Level 3 Physical Intervention Trainer for the Security Industry - certified by NFPS
> BTEC Level 3 Conflict Management Trainer - certified by NFPS
> BTEC Level 3 Handcuff Trainer - certified by NFPS
> Senior KEWAP Instructor - certified by Steven Timperley
> Reality-Based Personal Protection Instructor - certified by Jim Wagner.
> MAIUK Course Trainer - certified by the Cobra Martial Arts Association  
> Certified in the use of firearms by the American Small Arms Academy (ASAA)

> Health and Fitness Instructor
  -   certified by the NCEF, University of Limerick
> Personal Trainer   -   certified by the NCEF, University of Limerick
> Health Related Activity For Children Specialist   -  certified by the NCEF, University of Limerick
> MMA Strength & Conditioning Coach   -   certified by JC Santana's Institute of Human Performance
> UKSCA level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach
> Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
- certified by International Sports Sciences Association
> CrossFit level 1 Trainer,  CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer,  CrossFit Football Trainer
> Fetac Level 6 Train the Trainer
> Occupational First Aid
- Irish Red Cross
> Child Protection in Sport Awareness - The Irish Sports Council
Damian with his Tai Chi Instructor
Master Liming Yue
Copyright Universal Combat Arts Academy 2016, All rights reserved
Ba Duan Jin literally means the eight pieces of silk brocade.  These are attributed in Daoist tradition to one of the Eight Immortals,
Chong Li-quan and were first described in the 8th century in the text Xiu Zhen Shi Shu (The Ten Treatises on Restoring the Original
Vitality).   The Eight Brocades are designed to stretch the muscles and tendons and to stimulate the meridians and internal organs.
Wu Qin Xi or Five-Animal Exercises imitating the movements of animals and birds, is a group of physical and breathing exercises for
health care with a uniquely chinese national flavour.  The system was designed by Hua Tuo, a leading physician of the Eastern Han
Dynasty (25-220 AD).  He developed his system based on existing ancient Chinese traditional physical exercises following theories of
the functions of the internal organs and meridians as well as the principles of the circulation of Qi and blood in the human body.
Sifu Damian Kierans is a
Indoor Student of
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglie
core skill - structure and rootedness - against Asia's Strongest
Man - in 3 1-min rounds - bearing in mind GM Chen is almost
70-yrs-old against a man more than half his age"
Chen Style Tai Chi Centre
Free Foundation Qigong dvd to watch
on a PC, Click on Picture
Sifu Damian Kierans
meeting President Higgins
in Ársa an Uachtaráin
regarding the promotion of
Tai Chi in Ireland
Teaching Tai Chi & Qigong to its full potential
Sifu Damian Kierans with
Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang
Sifu Damian Kierans with
Grandmaster Gou Kongjie
Free Tai Chi 8 Form dvd to watch
on a PC, Click on Picture
Private lessons are also available!
Private Lessons are held in the UCAA Martial Arts Centre.  

The current rate for a private lesson is €60.00 per hour.  There will be an additional €20.00 per person for any
additional person joining the private session.  

All private lessons are taught by Grandmaster Damian Kierans 7th Dan
Master Damian Kierans runs you through the Chen Style Tai Chi warm-up
Tai Chi Class Timetable
Thursday morning
  Thursday evening

Tai Chi
for Health

11.15am - 12.10pm
(in The Fitness Habit)
€8 pay per class

For details of
other classes
run by the
UCAA please
click here!!

Chen Style
Tai Chi

7.00pm - 8.
UCAA Martial Arts Centre
Ballybay Road, Monaghan

This class is Pay Monthly
€40 per month
€12 pay per class.

Check the
Tab for any
at the
Sifu Damian Kierans
training at the Chen Village China.
The birth place of Tai Chi
Grandmaster Liming Yue's first seminar in Monaghan at the UCAA Martial Arts Centre
3rd of March 2017
Grandmaster Liming Yue's seminar for the UCAA's Karate students
3rd of March 2017
Sifu Damian Kierans is also available to run Tai Chi or Qigong Classes / Workshops for your group or organisation

Private Lessons are also available