Master John Ding
Master John Ding founded the Master Ding Academy (MDA) to preserve and promote the traditional, holistic approach of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan training, following a lifetime’s pursuit of excellence in Martial Arts.
Master Ding Teah Chean (John Ding) has accumulated vast experience and understanding of internal and external Kung Fu systems through a lifelong study of martial arts. He trained at a young age under various Shaolin Kung Fu Masters reaching a high level of skill before devoting himself entirely to the internal system of martial arts. He is one of the few people to have studied intensely and successfully under all three formal disciples of the late GreatGrandmaster Yang Sau Chang: Chu King Hung (3rd disciple), Chu Gin Soon (2nd disciple) and Ip Tai Tak (1st disciple). Consequently he is one of the few teachers in the West who can demonstrate the higher aspects of the art and internal energy (CHI).
On the first of January 1998 his long, deep and dedicated approach to the art of Yang Style Tai Chi was rewarded when he was accepted as the first disciple of Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak, making him a 6th Generation lineage holder of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan through Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak.
He has worked hard to build and expand his JDIATCC organisation, which now has schools across Europe. Ever-popular as a Tai Chi teacher and a guide through life, he has made numerous TV and stage show appearances and made a number of popular VHS videos, DVDs and Books about Tai Chi.
He is also the editor and publisher of Tai Chi & Alternative Health magazine, an internationally distributed quarterly which has been in print since 1994.
Prior to 1996, when he began to teach Tai Chi fulltime, he enjoyed a successful career in the U.K’s Health and Social Services, rising to be a Senior Manager in a Local Authority’s department of Social Services. These experiences, combined with his charismatic application of Tai Chi philosophy to everyday life, have given him great insight into how to create an environment that allows people to heal, grow and become independent and strong through Tai Chi practice.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Master Ding still trains hard and teaches full-time, in-between leading Training Tours around China, residential Tai Chi retreats, special courses, weekend sessions, seminars and workshops, bespoke corporate work, private tutelage, spending quality time with his instructors and more!