Founder of the Master Ding Academy
Master Ding Teah Chean (John Ding) has extensive experience and a deep understanding of the systems of internal and external Kung Fu, through the practice of a lifetime.
He began training at an early age under the aegis of various masters of Shaolin Kung Fu, before devoting himself entirely to the study of Tai Chi Chuan internal martial system. Master Ding is one of the few people in the world to study art under the guidance of the three disciples recognized the Grand Master Yang Sau Chaung: Chu King Hung (third disciple), Gin Soon Chu (second disciple) and Ip Tai Tak (first disciple). It is thus one of the few teachers in the West to be able to demonstrate the finer aspects of the art and the internal energy (Chi).
January 1, 1998, dedication to the Master Ding Tai Chi Yang style was rewarded when he was recognized as the first disciple of Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak, making him the holder of the sixth generation of the lineage of Tai Chi Chuan Yang style, following the Grand Master Ip Tai Tak.
Mr. Ding was fervently devoted to establish his academy, which now has schools all over Europe. It is often shown on television and on stage, and edited videos, DVDs and books on Tai Chi. He is also editor of Tai Chi and Alternative Health, a quarterly magazine of international renown, which has been published since 1994.
Before devoting himself to teaching full-time Tai Chi Chuan in 1996, Mr. Ding worked as a senior manager in social and health services with local authorities in Britain. This experience, combined with his charismatic application of the philosophy of Tai Chi in daily life, gave him the insight necessary to set up an environment that allows everyone to grow, heal and become stronger through practice Tai Chi Chuan.
Master Ding teaches full time, conducts residential retreats Tai Chi courses, seminars and workshops, and trainings combined with trips to China. It also provides individual and workshops customized courses for companies.