MDA Instructors

MDA Instructors

All MDA instructors are required to undergo professional development through ongoing training and assessment by Master Ding personally.

Branch Representatives

Find the right teacher and half the battle is won. 

Here are your contacts for Master Ding Academy activities in Northampton & Birmingham

Nick Cheang (Lead Representative)

Starting martial arts nearly 40 years ago, Nick totally committed to the path of internal energy by starting Tai Chi Chuan with Master John Ding in 1999.  After qualifying as a Master Ding Academy Tai Chi Chuan instructor he taught and learnt with Master Ding full-time before moving to Northampton at the end of 2006 and establishing MDA Midlands. He continues to develop his skills through intensive training with Master Ding.

Over the years Nick has assisted Master Ding at seminars, retreats, open days, bespoke corporate training days, appeared in a Tai Chi DVD, a television documentary on spiritual approaches, run Tai Chi classes and workshops at various festivals, been part of a Tai Chi stage show in Düsseldorf, Germany, been interviewed by different local radio stations, provided Tai Chi for a variety of community groups such as Age Concern, the WI, provided classes for Northamptonshire Police, given demonstrations and Tai Chi experience sessions for schools and college , worked with NHS patients in a clinical setting and more. 

Nick also offers effective body therapy / massage through Deeper Being (

Nick teaches classes and workshops in Northampton and Birmingham.


t: 07984 748712


Rachael Cheang

Rachael started learning Tai Chi Chuan from Nick Cheang in 2009 and continues to attend multiple classes each week, in addition to training regularly with Master Ding. She is a qualified Master Ding Academy Instructor, assists Nick in many of his classes and with teaching a variety of community groups. 

Coming from a science background (Physics) she has studied various spiritual disciplines to a high level and began Tai Chi Chuan to take her spiritual and health development further through strong, rooted physical practice. Professionally she is currently undertaking an Msc in Mindfulness and Compassion at Coventry University, is an experienced meditation teacher and a body therapist.

She is also the founder of Deeper Being (, a company focussing on unity in mind/body training that provides meditation, mindfulness, effective body therapy and Tai Chi, which Rachael and Nick now run togther.


t: 07949 248892


Joseph Beckett

Joseph Beckett started learning Tai Chi under Nick Cheang in 2011 looking for a healthier lifestyle. It quickly fulfilled everything he had been looking for and within a short time he was coming to all classes, workshops, creating other training opportunities within the network of students and going to Master Ding’s workshops and retreats until he became a Master Ding Academy instructor. He contintues to train with Nick as often as he can, assists in his Northampton classes, as well as meeting MDA instructor training requirements.

Outside of Tai Chi, Joseph’s interests in health have continued to expand and in 2015, after qualifying in Tui Na massage and traditional Thai massage, he established Mpath Life ( as a vehicle for his holistic approach to helping people through Tai Chi, meditation and body work both here in the UK, but also at a variety of retreat locations around the world.


t: 01604 921010

Contact through Nick Cheang
Ian Hay

Ian Hay started Tai Chi around 2006/7 and was instantly hooked. After a few years he began to look around for more in depth instruction and after trying a number of different instructors he was introduced to Master Ding in London. Instantly impressed and feeling he could not find a better source elsewhere he committed to learning the MDA approach to Tai Chi Chuan and discovered that there was an area representative teaching in Northampton. Consequently since 2010 he has been travelling from his home in Birmingham to Northampton to take private lessons with Nick Cheang almost every week and attending Nick’s regional Tai Chi workshops and classes whenever he can.

In addition he travels regularly to London to learn from Master Ding, attending many of his workshops, retreats and intensive training weekends.

He has been a Master Ding Academy instructor since 2011 and in 2014 set up Master Ding Academy Birmingham accepting the role of principle contact for Birmingham


t: 07976 808440


Stephen Randall

Stephen Randall gained a wide experience of external martial arts through studying a mixture of Wing Chun Kung Fu, Escrima and MMA. In 2002/03 he began his travels into the world of internal martial arts, studying some Yang, Wu and Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi with instructors who would show the practical side of the art. However after meeting Ian Hay practicing Tai Chi in a park in Birmingham, he was quickly impressed by the information available and kept coming back for more. After a while he arranged to travel with Ian to meet his teacher, Nick Cheang, In Northampton. Since then he has been dedicated to Master Ding Academy Tai Chi, training continuously with Ian and visiting Nick for his regional workshops as well as travelling to train at Master Ding’s workshops and retreats when he can.

After years in the martial arts Stephen feels he has found his way and currently supports Ian Hay in all the classes and park sessions that he organises in Birmingham as well as meeting up to train with Ian several times a week and maintaining his own daily training regime.

Contact through Ian Hay:

t: 07976 808440


Contact through Ian Hay

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