Jan Golden is chief instructor and Founder of Tai Chi Ireland, and he has been training and teaching professionally in Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 26 years. A graduate of UCD in English and a trained acupuncturist, since 1992 he has worked with many masters, some famous, some not.
He has learned weapons from Dan Docherty, a Wu tai chi form, Ba Gua and Qi Gong from BK Frantzis, Zhang Zhuang (standing practice) from John Ding, The Old Yang Middle Frame Form from Grand Master Tian Yin Jia (fourth generation master, son of Tian Zhao Lin who grew up as a foster brother to Yang Cheng Fu) and is currently an indoor student of Master Ma Ba Guo, a Chen and Xing Yi master from Zhengzhou in Henan province, disciple of Wang Chang Hai, who was senior disciple of Feng Zhi Qiang and class mate of Chen Xiao Wang. Master Ma still learns Xing Yi from his 87 year old master Shang Ji, one of the most famous teachers in China. Jan is also learning the Snake Form ( the Old Yang Small Frame) from Master Bob Boyd of Vermont.
Jan is a full-time Tai Chi and Qi Gong professional, and only teaches what he knows and understands. He is heavily indebted to his mentor and elder Tai Chi brother Chris Chappell of Real Taoism for helping him understand just how tense and tight he really was.
Jan is also a student of Namkhai Norbu, a Tibetan Master, from whom he is learning Dzogchen meditative practices.
Jan with Grand Master Tian Yin Jia and his daughter Carol, in Shanghai, 2006.