Mahjong Thursday : Beginners Level 1

Note - numbers are limited due to current COVID restrictions on room numbers. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you if there are any changes.

  • All participants who enrol must be fully (double) vaccinated by the class start date to be able to join classes on site (as per public health orders): 
  • NO refunds or transfers for anyone who enrols and is not fully vaccinated by the class start date



Sharpen your mind playing this time-honoured game of strategy. Learn the rules and expand the hand you play (Eastern style taught).

"With my years of teaching Mahjong experience, I guarantee you will learn to play the game. Once you have acquired the skill, you will enjoy and play the game for many many years to come."

*Please note if you are a first time beginner, please enrol in Beginners Level 1. If you have already completed a term of Mahjong with us, please enrol in Beginners Level 2.

Beginners learn rules and strategies. Social players need two terms experience or equivalent. 

Mahjong is the quintessence to the Chinese, as cricket to the British.

Mahjong is a game of strategy, probability and luck.

Mahjong is an ancient game, which originated in China some 2000 years ago and is still a favourite pastime today. 

The game was initially played by the elite in the palaces. The game was then introduced Britain, USA and Asia in 1900s.

You will learn the history, the name, the material, the set, the three different suits, the honours suit, the game of Pongs and Chows, the Hands, and the scoring.

You will learn both Eastern and Western Hands. 

After the beginners classes, you may join our Social class.

**Players will be asked to assist the tutor with a quick disinfecting clean of the room and equipment used during the evening.

Materials List

Bring wine & nibbles. Mahjong sets and notes available.

Tutor: Ron Yap

Ron Yap has been teaching Mahjong to beginners and advanced students for more than 10 years, both Western and Eastern style. Ron also teaches Mandarin, Cantonese & HSC Mathematics and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. As well as teaching Mahjong, Mahjong is a game that can enhance your memory in a sociable setting. Ron is a qualified mechanical engineer educated in Western Australia and migrated from Malaysia with his family to Sydney in 2000. Ron loves hosting the annual Mahjong Tournament at the NSCC every year on Open Day and takes delight in presenting the winner’s trophy, as it exemplifies the fun and laughter every week in his Mahjong classes. Ron loves sharing the traditions and the technical skills of Mahjong and looks forward to meeting you soon.