Cheng Tin-hung was born in the village of San Xiang in Guangdong Province in 1930. He learned Tai Chi Chuan from his uncle Cheng Wing-kwong initially and then from Qi Min-xuan.
In 1950 Cheng Tin-hung became a full time Tai Chi Chuan instructor in Hong Kong at a time when many famous teachers were active in Hong
Kong. The competition included Yang Sau-chung,
Wu Kung-yi, Tung Ying-jie and Cheng Wing-kwong,
his own uncle.
He trained Full-contact fighters who more often than
not defeated their hard style Kung-Fu opponents.
He trained teachers to train teachers.
He was known in his younger days as the Tai Chi
Bodyguard because he would stand up for Tai Chi
practitioners everywhere with fist or weapon.
He has written four books on Tai Chi Chuan.