MDA Ilford

This is the Stratford City Branch for Sifu (Master) John Ding, teaching authentic and traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.

Our classes are conducted in a fun, relaxed and informative environment. We always welcome beginners and do not expect any special levels of health or fitness.  We teach all aspects of Traditional Yang style Tai Chi Chuan: health, strength, confidence and self-defence (martial applications).


                Long Form practise

So whether your interest is to gain good health, meditation, energy development (Chi Kung), or martial art applications, MDA Stratford City will aim to meet your needs.

Internal Kung Fu (Gong Fu) at MDA Stratford City

Tai Chi Chuan is often described as an internal kung fu system.  For those interested in the martial aspects of what the art can offer, MDA Stratford City also covers this facet in the classes.

What do you need?

All you need to is to come down to one of our classes (click on to contact us for more info).  We run taster sessions for beginners as well as classes for intermediate and advance students.  Loose comfortable clothing and easy footwear is all that is needed.

We look forward to meeting you!

MDA Stratford City

Stratford branch: 

Ko Poon - 


tel: 07944 05 2201


Goodmayes (Ilford) branch: 

John Poon  


tel: 07968 055 410

Contact Number: 07944 05 2201



St. Cedd's Hall
Blythswood Road

7.45 - 8.45 Beginners to Advanced
John Poon
8.45 - 9.15 Intermediate / Advance Self Defence Applications John Poon




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Ko Poon

External Martial Art Career

Ko Poon (Poon Kok Hung) began Martial Arts in the early eighties and trained in the external arts of Shotokan and Goju Ryu Karate Do

under various masters to a high level, achieving the grade of Black Belt 5th Dan in Shotokan.  He started teaching his own Karate classes in 1994 and co-founded Poon Dojo with his brother John Poon in 1995. Today, Ko Poon maintains a constant presence within Poon Dojo as an advisor.  However, his own martial journey has taken him deeply into the powerful internal art of Tai Chi Chuan.

Internal Martial Art Career

In 1999 Ko Poon decided to focus his training within the internal arts. It was at this point that he became a student under Master John Ding
(Ding Teah Chean). In December 2002 he qualified as a JDIATCC Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Instructor.  Since then, he has been involved in teaching Tai Chi to the Elderly for 'Age Concern Waltham Forest', teaching Tai Chi in a Newham Primary School as well as for a Learning Disability Unit at Waltham Forest.  Additionally, Ko Poon now runs the MDA Stratford City branch and is a senior student of Sifu John Ding, dedicating his Martial Arts training solely to the path of Tai Chi Chuan.

Therapy Career

Ko Poon started his therapy career in the early nineties, which led to staring his shiatsu career in 2000.  He graduated in November 2003 from the British School of Shiatsu Do as a fully qualified Shiatsu therapist.   Ko Poon now runs a successful Shiatsu practice in East London.

Professional Career

Professionally, Ko Poon has worked in the British Education system since 1996. Starting as a Primary School Teacher in the East End of London, he then gained promotion to become a senior manager holding the positions of Acting Deputy Head Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher. Ko Poon is now the lead Physical Education Lecturer for the Primary PGCE Programme at UEL.  He was the Lead Tutor responsible for writing the module in Physical Education for the Primary PGCE Programme and continues to train Students in becoming Primary School Teachers.

ph: 07944 05 2201


John Poon

John Poon (BA Hons)

Assistant Teacher


Internal Martial Art Career

In 1999 John Poon decided to focus his training within the internal arts. It was at this point that he became a student of Master John Ding. He continues to train under the Since then, he has been involved in teaching Tai Chi for Health to the Elderly for  Waltham Forest Age Concern and Gainsfield Court (Rainbow Project) as well as teaching at Goodmayes Primary School.


Professional Career

Career wise John Poon has worked as a part-qualified Accountant (ACCA) in the Charity Sector & Non-For-Profit organisation since the late 1990s. He was a Trustee for St. Francis Parish Church in the early 1990s helping with fund raising, budgets and annual accounts. In the early 2002, John's career took a turnaround as he became a Property Consultant in East London & Essex, working as an Assistant Manager for a large Estate Agent in Ilford. Towards the end of 2007, John set-up with 3 other Directors a Property Agency based in the heart of East London known as 'VOGUE Property Solutions'.(

John was also previously employed by one of the top security companies worldwide ‘G4 Security’. Qualified as a Security Guard, Front line and Door Supervisor, which is recognized by the SIA (Security Industry Authority).  John has also attained a Martial Arts Coach qualification and is undergoing further coaching qualification withPro-Active East London, which includes level 1 sports coaching award, child protection and first aid.