Interview with Master John Ding
Founder of Master Ding Academy & Sixth Generation Lineage
 

Existence unlike knowledge and ideas cannot be preserved for eternity. Yet without existence we would not have knowledge. So with only a limited existence, one may ask how knowledge can be perpetuated. Simple, by the complete transfer of knowledge from one existence to the next.
 
For hundreds of years, knowledge, skills and arts like Tai Chi Chuan has been passed on from existence to existence, generation to generation, master to disciple. “developing knowledge” having been passed on to successive heirs so that not only is it preserved and sustained, but is also enhanced by new ideas and philosophies gaining fresh insight and change. This is how Tai Chi Chuan has developed to become one of the most potent holistic arts available to man. But with the dawning of a new generation of Tai Chi masters, the task of nurturing the art to a new dimension of existence is no mean feat. One must be totally dedicated and have the depth of understanding and determination to push the known limits further. Master John Ding is one of the few who have the tools to meet such a task having extensively searched and successfully studied under all three formal disciples of Master Yang Sau Chung, aiming to take Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan into the next era.

 

TCAH: Master Ding, you have extensive experience in Chinese Martial arts. When did you first become interested in training?

Master Ding (MD): I began to study martial arts when I was a young child. In the old days, my grandfather used to employ a live-in martial arts master to teach his family and relatives. My father told me that my grandfather was very good with the staff. As a young boy, Iwatched a lot of Kung Fu masters demonstrating various styles of Chinese Martial arts. In addition, it is quite common in Malaysia and Far East for the Chinese community to be visited by travelling sales people of Chinese medicine. To attract a crowd, these people would often display their skills in Chinese Martial arts. I suppose Chinese martial arts play a prominent part in all Chinese communities where ever they are. It is very much a part of my life. For many years I studied Shaolin Kung Fu systems, before moving on to Tai Chi Chuan.
 
TCAH: Why did you switch from external to internal arts?
MD: For myself, I was always aware that the external is only one aspect of Chinese martial arts training- developing physical power and strength. The other side is soft – relying on the cultivation of internal energy of Chi, which is even more potent.
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