Master Ding Teah Chean

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.
Master Ding teaches full-time, runs residential Tai Chi retreats, special courses, seminars and workshops and leads training tours to China. He also gives private tuition and organises bespoke courses for corporate clients.