MDA Stratford City

Master Ding Academy (MDA) offers authentic, traditional Yang style Tai Chi Chuan classes.


Beginners and experienced practitioners are all welcome at any of our clubs. To take part, no particular level of fitness is required.


We believe in developing a friendly, supportive learning environment in our classes and provide various social events and local workshops throughout the year. 


We also welcome opportunities to work with community or corporate groups on an ad-hoc or long-term basis.


All instructors listed on this website are certified to teach by the Master Ding Academy and must renew their registration annually. In addition, they are required, in a programme of continuous development, to improve their skills and understanding of Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan through regular training with Master Ding.


MDA Stratford provides quality Tai Chi Chuan training for the East of London - Stratford City.



Community Centre, Maryland Road (off Leytonstone High Road), Stratford E15 1JT



Community Centre,

Maryland Road (off Leytonstone High Road),

Stratford E15 1JT

19:45 - 20:45 Beginner to advanced class
19:45 - 21:15 Intermediate/Advance class
20:45 - 21:15 Self defence applications
19:00 - 21:00 Advanced (By special invitation only)




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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