MDA Newbury Tai Chi

Welcome to MDA Newbury Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan is a holistic art seeking to use internal energy (chi) for good health, self development and self-defence. To help realise the famous soft power of internal energy, the initial training concentrates on slow, relaxed flowing movement. This makes it adaptable to many levels of health and fitness.

Through this inclusive approach, Tai Chi Chuan has become regarded the world over as a fun and effective way to strengthen mind, body and spirit for young and old alike.

Check our website for details of regular classes and our 6 week introduction to tai chi courses. 
MDA Newbury
Tai Chi For Health
•Health and harmony is core to our Tai Chi. With practice Tai Chi de-stresses, motivates, heals, strengthens and develops you on all levels.
•Learning to be still, calm and centred is just the beginning. Further study reveals more and more. Conveniently located between Newbury and Thatcham at the “Newbury and Thatcham Hockey Club”
•As part of the Master Ding Academy we offer the highest quality instruction.
•Learn a new life skill can be a great way to exercise the mind and the body.

Traditional Kung Fu in Newbury
Not everyone realises that Tai Chi is actually a form of Kung Fu (martial art). For those that are interested, we provide the training and information necessary to achieve success in Internal Kung Fu. Our Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan has been developed over hundreds of years and has given birth to almost all Tai Chi practiced today.
Authentic Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan has a wide, deep and varied syllabus reflecting the generations of knowledge that is available to you. Our entire syllabus is published on the Master Ding association website.
Transmission from Master Ip Tai Tak
Master Ding runs seminars on all aspects of Tai Chi, including the unique Snake Form created by Grandmaster Ip. For more information do visit the events page at or contact him directly.
Some information about Grandmaster Ip's teachings can also be found at our Master Ding Academy association website. His influence can be found in all levels and aspects of our syllabus.

Contact Number: 07976 746859



Newbury and Thatcham Hockey Club,
Henwick Lane, Thatcham, 
Berkshire, RG18 3BN,


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18:45 - 20:15 Regular Class: Beginners to Intermediatees
William Mak
18:45 - 19:45 Introduction to Tai Chi - 6 week introduction course
William Mak


Newbury Methodist Church (in the Wesley Hall)

Northbrook Street 



RG14 1AN


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  1. In the centre of Newbury, just next to Hamptons estate agent and opposite StormFront Apple shop

  2. Just 8 minutes from Thatcham 

  3. Within 30 minutes from Didcot and Swindon

  4. Parking available around the back of the church. Entrance to Wesley Hall is from the car park at the back of the church. 

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18:45 - 21:00:00 All Levels William Mak




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William Mak

I have been learning with Master Ding since 1995. As a senior student, I have taught at the John Ding Academy in Limehouse. I continue to develop my art through intensive training with Master Ding.

Prior to Tai Chi, I also studied Southern Style Preying Mantis. However when I met Master Ding, I knew that internal martial arts was the path I wanted to follow.

Aside from helping at the Master Ding Academy HQ in London I have assisted Master Ding at seminars, retreats, open days,, various public performances, including a Tai Chi stage show in Düsseldorf, Germany, and more!

Based now in Newbury, I am keen to spread Tai Chi Chuan and teach everything that has been passed down to me to those with a genuine interest and enthusiasm for it.


ph: 07976 746859

Gary Hartin

Internal Martial Art Career : With no martial art background Gary came to see the Yang 200 event in 1999 and from there was immediately hooked and has been on a path of learning Tai Chi Chuan ever since. In August 2004 he qualified as a JDIATCC Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Instructor and from 2005 helped run the Limehouse MDA HQ as a senior student of Sifu John Ding before moving to Wiltshire in 2014 to assist William Mak MDA instructor in Newbury.
Professional Career : Professionally, Gary works for The Nationwide Foundation having previously worked for the charity London Youth and previous to that for the retailer, the John Lewis Partnership. He holds a Masters Degree in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School.