Grand Master Mingye Ding was born in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, China in 1957. He is a 3rd-generation master of Chen-style Taijiquan Hong form, 20th-generation master of Chen style Taijiquan, and 5th-generation master of Chaquan.
At the age of 5, he began to learn Liaochen Chaquan from his father Duwen Ding. During his youth, he also received instruction in the arts of Huaquan,
Paoquan, Tantui, Xingyiquan, Bagua Lianhuanshang, 72 style Qinna, and cold weaponry. Master Ding also studied Chaquan under Master Zheng Xiuming and Master Wu Guixiang.
Master Ding undertook the study of Shuang Shou Jian (Double-Handed Sword), an art thought to have been extinct since the Tang Dynasty, under Master Yu Chenghui, a renowned martial artist who appeared in such films as The Shaolin Temple (1982).
From 1986 to 1991, Master Ding became a student of Taiji Grand Master Li Enjiu, a 19th-generation teacher in the lineage of Chen-style Taiji as taught by Chen Fake, with whom he focused upon Taijiquan and Tui Shou (Pushing Hands). During these five years of study, Master Ding was also instructed privately by Grand Master Hong Junsheng and by Grand Master Hong’s disciple, Liu Chengde, whom he refers to as the “real cream” of Taijiquan.
Grand Master Ding won 6 gold medals in International and Chinese National Martial Arts and Taiji competitions from 1993 to 1999. From 1995 to 2009, he served as head coach to many competing teams in Shangdong Province, both in Tui Shou and Taiji form, producing 9 national champions and winners of 50 gold, 37 silver and 30 bronze medals.
As an adjunct Martial Arts professor at Liaocheng University since 1998, Master Ding has taught both Chinese and international students. In June of 2009, he formally organized his own school, the Liaocheng Hongwu Institute.
Master Ding has studied and practiced Martial Arts for 50 years, sharing his knowledge through teaching every day, while writing three books on Gongfu and Taiji form and applications, published both in mainland China and Taiwan.
As a BRMI advisor, he blesses our Institute with his vast knowledge of traditional Chinese health arts and will be giving taijiquan demonstrations and instruction at our future conferences.
Grand Master Mingye Ding
Grand Master Ding has won 6 gold medals in International and Chinese National Martial Arts and Taiji competitions.