Captains Log

Pub Quiz & Raffle 11 Feb 2018

Yes, I’m late in posting this! Regardless there was GREAT fun had at our Pub Quiz & Raffle to raise money to bring Grand Master The back to Ireland in October. We even had a good turn out from “career” pub quiz competitors! The raffle prizes that were donated were AMAZING! They included a dinner for at the Quay Co-Op, 2 GORGEOUS cakes made by Ruby & Ava, a gift basket by Frank, treat bag from Hendrick and many more! Sure the questions were hard, so they tell me, but they were hard for everyone so at least the playing field was even! All said  and done we managed to  raise enough money to pay for the Grand Master’s accommodation while he is here! Unfortunately, so busy with my feeble attempt at quiz matering that I totally spaced taking photos. I had to nab the photos of the cake from the ones who won them!

 cake 1         cake 2



What A Turn Out Sat 27 Jan 18

What an Amazing turn out for Beginning Belt class on Sat 27 Jan 18! I can go on and on about how proud I am of the students and how honoured I am to be their instructor. Through out the last 10 years like many other schools we’ve had our ups and down while being processed through a meat grinder. There were times when I thought I would have to close the school. There were days that not a single student showed up. But on Saturday all the trials and tribulations that this school has been through was all worth it to see a record number of students show up. I know that the road is going to rough, but I’m confident in the students to navigate through the bumpy bits. Here’s the biggest shout I can give on line to all the Shaolin Martial Arts Academy Students past present and future!



First Day Back In Classes 2018


First day back. What a great set of classes! Well Done to all the students that showed today! The first day back from the Winter break is the 2nd hardest class to show up for. (The first? Well, the hardest class to show up for is the very first class you ever take in Shaolin.)

We all do it. We have grand plans to train hard, over the Winter the break, but with the festive season, we indulge and for good reason. So coming back after all the cakes, and sweets, and gravy, and chocolate and more cakes and…. It’s hard.  But we all have to remember that WE ALL DO IT and when you show up for that first day back you know that EVERYONE is in the same boat to suffer thought together!

New Digs

On Saturday 1 October 2016 The Chinese Shao-Lin Centre changed it’s name to The Shaolin Martial Arts Academy – Cork, Eire & moved from the Ballyphehane Community Centre to St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall, on Dean Street. It was sad to leave a place we called home for nearly 9 years, but the potential of the new place are plentiful and inspiring! There’s always the fear that you’ll lose about 1/3 of your students when you move, but I am thrilled to say (touch wood) that we managed to keep all our students and even gained a few more! I believe that we will be very happy in the new place and that it will make a very good home for us for many years to come!