The main headquarters of the association is based at two locations in London - South Woodford and Limehouse.
Limehouse MDA HQ
This is a purpose built Tai Chi Chuan Mo Koon(training center) to create a friendly, open and social environment.
It is located at:
Limehouse Basin, Block B5,
5 Branch Road, Limehouse, London E14 7JU.
t: +44 (0)20 7780 1818 or +44 (0) 20 8502 9307
How to get here:
We are within easy reach of all areas of the Docklands
and City by bus, rail, Limehouse DLR or car
(pay and display nearby, free after 5:30pm).
Nearest underground station: Limehouse
(Docklands Light Railway and train sation)
Just 1 minute walk to the Academy
South Woodford MDA
This was the first full-time center with Limehouse opening in 2006. The centers attract many students for many different reasons, all curious to see what Tai Chi Chuan has to offer.
It is located at:
Maybank House, Unit C, 208 Maybank Road,
South Woodford, London E18 1ET
t: +44 (0)20 7780 1818 or +44 (0) 20 8502 9307
How to get here:
This location is within easy access from the North Circular,
M11 and A12 .
Nearest underground station: South Woodford (Central line).
About 25 minutes walk to the Academy.
Master Ding Academy HQ
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|Maybank House, Unit C,
208 Maybank Road,
London E18 1ET
Founder of Master Ding Academy
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 began training at a young age under various Shaolin Kung Fu Masters and reached a high level of skill before devoting himself entirely to the internal martial system of Tai Chi Chuan. He is one of the few people to have studied under all three formal disciples of the late Great Grandmaster 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 1 January 1998, Master Ding's dedication to 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 his organisation, which now has schools across Europe. He has made numerous TV and stage appearances and produced videos, DVDs and books about Tai Chi. He is also the editor and publisher of Tai Chi & Alternative Health, an internationally distributed quarterly magazine in print since 1994.
Before he began to teach Tai Chi full time in 1996, he worked as a senior manager in health and social services with a local authority in the UK. This experience, 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 develop, heal and grow strong through Tai Chi practice.
From London where I have lived all of my life apart from 8 years as a teenager where I lived in Greystones county Wicklow Ireland. I have worked as a health care professional for 25 years and am currently a senior health care scientist at Imperial College NHS Trust in West London where I work in a busy diagnostic laboratory providing diagnostic services to a population in excess of 1.8 million people.
I began studying Tai Chi in 1991 learning and teaching the Chen Man Ching form until 1999. After seeing the Yang 200 demonstration by Master John Ding and his students and meeting Master Ding shortly after I have studied traditional Yang style ever since at the South Woodford and Lime House centres.
I began studying matial arts as a teenager in Ireland when I studied Wado Ryu and Shotokan Karate for 6 years before moving back to London and beginning my study of Tai Chi Chuan.
I was born and bred in East London. Previously, I had worked as a British Gas emergency engineer for over thirty years and also a guitarist playing regularly up and down the country until my health condition forced me to retire early.
I took up Tai Chi Chuan in 2000 initially through the local adult education centre as I need to improve my health. Luckily for me, the instructor was from Master Ding Academy. Over the months my physical condition improved, regaining a measure of strength in my legs and arms more importantly to me, my self-confidence and self-esteem.
Since then, I retrained and qualified as a massage therapist working part time for the NHS.I later studied Traditional Chinese medicine for a while adding Tui Na techniques to my repertoire. I still practice Tai Chi Chuan and have been teaching Tai Chi Chuan at Master Ding Academy, Limehouse for a number of years.
I enjoy working with people from all walks of life but must admit to an empathy to those students left weaken or infirm by illness or age. My biggest pleasure, is to see these people improved after practising Tai Chi Chuan.
Chief Instructor of Master Ding Academy
Dr. Alan Ding MBBS has been studying Tai Chi Chuan under his father, Master John Ding, since he was 5 years old. He has also studied under Master Chu Gin Soon (2nd Disciple of Great Grandmaster Yang Sau Chung) and very intensely under Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak (1 st disciple of Great Grandmaster Yang Sau Chung).
Based in London, he is a practicing General Practitioner. as well as being an accomplished Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan practitioner, Chief Instructor for Master Ding Academy organisation and a regular contributor for TCAH (Tai Chi & Alternative Health) magazine.
Over the years he has co-written books on Tai Chi, appeared in videos, DVDs and stage shows and assisted Master John Ding in numerous seminars, retreats and other bespoke Tai Chi programs.
Dr. Alan Ding is a 7th Generation Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan lineage holder through his father.
Doosyant Mahadeo, RMN; BSc (Hons.) Psychol; BSc (Hons.) CMHN; PGDip (Effective Community Care); Cert. (Non-Medical Prescribing)
Doosyant is a Senior student of Sifu Ding. He started his martial arts training in 1975 studying Long fist boxing and Northern style Praying Mantis with Sifu Ding. Sifu then encouraged him to study Tai Chi Chuan which he eventually took up in 1987. He finally gave up his external martial arts in 1999, on Sifu’s advise, to concentrate on Tai Chi Chuan. He also had the great opportunity to meet and train with Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak.
Over the past 15 years, Doosyant has helped Sifu to run workshops and Retreats across Europe and has a passion for teaching Tai Chi.
Doosyant is a retired Mental Health Professional with 37 years experience in Psychiatry. He is also a Control & Restraint and Breakaway Techniques Instructor.
Tony has been training at the South Woodford academy for many years and is a regular instructor at the centre.
He also loves Tai Chi movies.
Born in Bethnal Green, in 1940, I left school at 16 and began to realise the true depths of boredom, which are only possible to anyone working in the Civil Service. 5 years later I went to train as a teacher alongside studying singing with Florence Norburg. After College I moved in and out of teaching then moved out of teaching and into (and out of) Show Business, working as a singer in London's West End and on TV. Following this, and still not having learned my lesson, I started a BA at the Open University, which led to 12 growth years as Headteacher of two very different London schools, where a large part of my job was to stand in front of the fan and smile while everybody else shovelled! During this time I wrote several articles for various magazines as well as designing, facilitating and tutoring on management courses for the Dept. of Education and Science at London University. Here it was that I found my greatest love - listening to my own voice - and enjoyed being a frequent speaker at International, National and Local Conferences as well as chairing and being a member of many management committees.
After founding the “ARGO Consultancy” in 1988, I was busy designing and delivering a wide variety of personal development and management training workshops to Educationalists, the Social Services, commercial companies and people in the performing arts. It was during this time that I started learning Tai Chi - for a little light exercise - and was lucky enough to find John Ding as my teacher. 22 years later I am still addicted, still learning and waiting for the exercise to get “light”. Now retired, I am back to my first love – teaching; singing, at home, and Tai Chi in Wanstead and at the John Ding Academy in South Woodford. Academy instructor since 1999 after beginining Tai Chi Yang style training in 1990.Peter Pan said that “Work is what you’re doing when you’re not enjoying what you’re doing”; so I don’t work anymore.
ph: 020 8989 5793