Master Ding’s Biography

Master Ding

The full biography of Grand Master Mingye Ding, 3rd generation master of Chen style taijiquan Hong form, 20th generation master of Chen style taijiquan, and 5th generation master of Chaquan is under research.  The following pieces of his life and studies will be expanded upon as this site grows and develops.

Master Ding was born in 1957, in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, China.  At the age of 5, he began to learn from his father, Duwen Ding, 4th Generation Liaochen Chaquan Martial Artist.

In addition to Chaquan, Master Ding 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.

Mingye Ding with Yu Chenghui

Master Ding undertook the study of Shuang Shou Jian (Double Handed Sword), an art though to have been extinct since the Tang dynasty, under Master Yu Chenghui (pictured right), a renowned Martial Artist who appeared in such films as Shaolin Temple (1982).

Ding Mingye with Li Enjiu

From 1986 to 1991, at the recommendation of Grand Master Hong Junsheng, Master Ding became a student of Taiji Grand Master Li Enjiu (pictured left), 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 this five years of study, Master Ding was also instructed privately by Grand Master Hong Junsheng (pictured below) and by Grand Master Hong’s disciple, Liu Chengde, about what he refers to as the “real cream” of Taijiquan.

Ding Mingye with Hong Junsheng

Regarded by Master Li Enjui as his “best student”, Master Li paid much attention to Master Ding and was very strict with his training. Under these good circumstances, Master Ding’s Taijiquan techniques developed into the supreme essence necessary to become a great teacher.

In 1992, Master Ding took part in a domestic competition held in Jinan Province. Although it was his first competition, Master Ding took 2nd place. Since then, he has won 6 gold medals in International and Chinese National Martial Arts and Taiji competitions from 1993 to 1999.

From 1995 to 2009, Master Ding 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 foreign students, including martial arts researchers Ren Shiwei and Yang Xiangquan.

In June of 2009, he formally organized his own school, the Liaocheng Hongwu Club where his students still teach in his home province.

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.

When his name, Mingye, is written in Chinese, the characters carry the meaning “Brilliant Career”. Master Ding brings the gift of his brilliance now to the United States and has settled in Louisville, Kentucky where he teaches, practices and promotes his true art every day and passes on the “real cream” of taijiquan to all of his students.


1993 – Fujian Province, Zhangzhou City, “Zishan Cup” – Across the Nation Gold medalist in

  • Push Hands (80 kg)

1998 – Shandong Province, Jinan, 3rd Jinan International Martial Arts Festival – Gold medalist in

  • Push Hands (80 kg)
  • Traditional Chen Competition Form

1999 – Shandong Province, Jinan, 4th Jinan International Martial Arts Festival – Gold medalist in

  • Push Hands (80 kg)
  • Traditional Chen Competition Form
  • Chen Sword Form


1995 – 2001 : Head coach of Shandong Representative Team

9 National Champions

In both push hands and competition forms
19 gold medalists
10 silver medalists
8 bronze medalists

2002 – 2005 : Head coach of Liaocheng University Representative Team

In both push hands and competition forms
15 gold medalists
13 silver medalists
11 bronze medalists

2002 – 2006 : Referreed Shandong Wush Taijiquan Championships

2005 (July) : Trained Shandong Provincial Coaches

2007 – 2009 : Head coach of Liaocheng Dongchang Martial Arts Team

In both push hands and competition forms
16 gold medalists
14 silver medalists
11 bronze medalists

2009 – Present : Head coach of Liaocheng Hongwu Club

2012 – Present : Director of Shanren Academy


1998 – Present : Adjunct Professor of Martial Arts at Liaocheng University

2009 – Wushu judge at Russian International Martial Arts Championship


Two books on Wushu (Chinese Mainland and Taiwan)

Guide to Chen Style Taijiquan Hong Form

Guide to Chen Style Taijiquan Hong Form

“Guide to Chen Style Taijiquan Hong Form”
(Chinese Edition) Pub 01-06-2008

Zhong Guo Cha Quan Shi Yong Quan Fa

“Essence and Practical Usage of Chinese Chaquan”
(Chinese Edition) Pub 07-10-2008


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