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Now is the best time to practice Tai Chi Chuan, a natural way to train body, mind & spirit.

The team.
Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak, Yang traditional Tai Chi Chuan lineage

Master Ding (MD) : Were there differences in the Yang Style Tai Chi form when you began to train under Master Yang?

Grandmaster Ip (GMI): Previous to learning under Master Yang it was very obvious that there were differences in my Yang Style Tai Chi form. As a result of this I had to relearn the whole form. Master Yang’s movements were simpler to the eye, yet had focused precision to match. Even though the movements seemed simplistic, the traditional form was more difficult to master as it involved many intricate subtleties needing only very small movements, which are hardly noticeable to the eye. When he was correcting me, Master Yang often told me that he was screwing my structure down. In other words he was reinforcing the structure so that it could enable the Chi power to be more concentrated and thus more projected. Practising the corrected form brings quicker results.

Master Yang also said that if the form’s postures and movements were not correct, whatever time and energy is put into the practice, the effort is wasted. It can be likened to pouring water into a bucket full of holes. Water cannot be retained in the bucket, so therefore time and energy put into filling the bucket can never yield the desired results. Practising the correct form ensures that the time and effort put into the practice is not wasted. Each practice session helps to concentrate and harness the power a little more i.e. the bucket without holes can retain water without loss each time it is filled a little.

MD: What advice would you give to individuals who want to improve their Tai Chi Chuan?

GMI: The individual should seek out a reputable, skilled and knowledgeable Master. The attitude and approach of the student is also very important. In ancient times, before an individual was accepted to undertake training, his character was assessed. This assessment would continue throughout his training from the initial to advanced stages. Failing such testing meant that the student would no longer be allowed to study the art further. Constant and regular practice is vital. Results in one’s training are measured in ten-year periods. To be good in Tai Chi Chuan, you have to be committed and able to endure hard training. Correct postures are important. These are the building blocks for strong foundation. Bad postures give rise to poor foundation and further training will yield little gain.

– Profile of a Master;  Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak
 Interview conducted by Master Ding, and originally published in Tai Chi & Alternative Health magazine Volume 1, Issue 4, Spring 1995 – 

Master John Ding.

Founder 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. He also provides individual and workshops customized courses for companies.

Contact:

t: +44(0) 207 780 1818

e: info@masterdingacademy.com

Master Alan Ding.

Chief Instructor, 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 practising 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.

Contact:

t: +44(0) 207 780 1818

e: info@masterdingacademy.com

The instructors team.

with Béa, Dominique, Arnaud and Diane, is composed of excellent cooks, gardeners, philosophers, architect, lawyer, artists, university teachers, mediator & chocolate connoisseurs.  

All strongly bounded friends under the watchful eye and care of both Master Ding and Master Alan Ding.

Each one takes care of the others in order to keep the practice alive and to ease the path in an harmonious way.

Get the full picture, come to our classes!

See their individual profile below.

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e :  masterdingacademy.be@gmail.com

t : +32 485 209 877

Bea van Wassenhove.

Lead representative, Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Instructor

An aspect of Tai Chi Chuan Bea wishes to share : 

Tai Chi Chuan as an art of living.

Béa throws ideas as she breathes, not at rest till they are realised, a dreamer dressed in steel. she gives everyone the impression that they are Hercules able to achieve anything. You’ve been warned! don’t resist, just go with the flow.

Contact:

t : +32 485 209 877

e : masterdingacademy.be@gmail.com

Dominique Driesmans .

Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Instructor.

An aspect of Tai Chi Chuan Dominique wishes to share : 

The discovery and exploration of internal energy work with partners.

Dominique is our Mamita ! Caring for all, she dedicated her life to art restoration, a loving woman proud of her tribe. 

Contact:

t : +32 485 209 877

e : masterdingacademy.be@gmail.com

Arnaud Lefebvre.

Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Instructor.

An aspect of Tai Chi Chuan Arnaud wishes to share : 

Tai Chi Chuan as a tool for a better understanding in dealing with conflicts.

Arnaud with his chevaleresque attitude and indefectible sense of humour brings his experience as a lawyer and an assessed mediator.

Contact:

t : +32 485 209 877

e : masterdingacademy.be@gmail.com

Diane D’Eprémesnil.

Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Instructor.

An aspect of Tai Chi Chuan Diane wishes to share : 

The application of Tai Chi Chuan to all aspects of life.

Diane loves Tai Chi, birds and nature, gardening, learning, teaching, reading, writing… Multiple interests keep her alive and well. But what she prefers is the art of war, she killed Bill in a previous life.

Contact:

t : +32 485 209 877

e : masterdingacademy.be@gmail.com

Classes

Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Classes.

We have at heart the transmission of traditional Yang Tai Chi Chuan, and we are fully engaged in this tradition.

We teach beginners the joy of practice and the understanding of their body and being through a unique and essential Chi – vital energy – experience.

We fuel our seasoned student’s interest for a regular and rigorous practice harmonised with their most profound being.

To take part, no particular level of fitness is required. Now is the best time ! We believe in developing a friendly supportive learning environment in our classes. 

The team teaches :
• Bruxelles / 1050 Ixelles / Porte de Namur / MDA European Hub 

• Bruxelles / EU Parliament / 

• Wallonie / Gembloux / Grand-Leez 

• Wallonie / Namur / centre
Languages spoken : Français, Nederlands, English, Espanol. 

If you expect a lot from Tai Chi Chuan, so do we !

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e : masterdingacademy.be@gmail.com

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Location

Master Ding Academy European Hub.

This is a full time centre, centrally located in Brussels and is very accessible for people from Europe. 

Close to EUROSTAR and EU PARLIAMENT.
The Tai Chi Chuan Mo Kwoon (training centre) is a friendly, open and social environment to learn and train in the wonderful art of traditional Tai Chi Chuan at your own pace.

Brussels 1050 Ixelles

Place du Champ de Mars, 4;

‘ Porte de Namur ‘ 1 minute walking.

Metro : Porte de Namur 

Buses : 64, 80, 71, 95,

Contact:

t : +32 485 209 877

e : masterdingacademy.be@gmail.com

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