Master John Ding founded the John Ding International Academy of Tai Chi Chuan (now called Master Ding Academy) 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 a number of 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 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. He is one of the few teachers in the West who can demonstrate the higher aspects of Tai Chi and internal (Chi) energy .
On the first of January 1998 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.