Dong Zeng Chen Videos
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Static pictures are better than nothing, but moving video is the next best thing to actually having the teacher with you. Here are a few clips for your edification. Check back here later for more.
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In January 1984, when he was 36 years old, Dong Zeng Chen performed in Honolulu for the first time. The occasion was the Chinese New Year's celebration of the Year of the Rat, held on Maunakea St. in Honolulu.
He and his family had arrived in Hawaii about 4 months previous to begin their lives in the US and continue the family tradition of teaching Taijiquan by taking over the classes of Tung Hu Ling, who then retired.
Because the announcement of this first demonstration was somewhat last minute, only one student of the Taijiquan class joined Dong Zeng Chen and his son Alex in the performance. That person was me. Luckily a friend of mine was in the audience and captured the event on videotape.
The Qigong set shown in this segment was taught to Dong Zeng Chen in his home town of Ren Xian. He found it very useful in developing his internal energy.
When I first began my personal association with Dong Zeng Chen I would go to his home after our Saturday class and basically spend the weekend with him and his family. He offered to teach me, and asked me what I wanted to learn. I told him that I would be happy to learn whatever he thought would be best for me, and he thus began to teach me this set.
Each of the static postures can be held for as long as you feel is useful. And each of the moving sections can be repeated as many times as you wish. With qigong it's really up to you as you are playing with your internal energy and you are usually the best judge of what to do.
Click here to see the Dong Zeng Chen performing this Qigong set. The file is about 52.0 meg in size
I shot this video of Dong Zeng Chen at the East West Center in Honolulu on October 12, 1986, when he was almost 39 years old. It is a clear example of the traditional Yang Style Slow Set. He had been away from his home in China for about three years when this tape was made, so his form still had a traditional flavor to it.
As I was preparing the clip for this website in August, 2004, I could see how his performance of this set has evolved over the last 18 years. Dong Zeng Chen is a very creative person, and he is always experimenting to try to improve his movements and his energy. As they say, "Taijiquan is an Art."
Click here to see Dong Zeng Chen performing the traditional Yang Style Slow Set in 1986. The file is about 119.9 meg in size
This video was shot at the Chinese New Year's celebration for the Year of the Rabbit on Maunakea St. in Honolulu on January 17, 1987. At this time Dong Zeng Chen was 39 years old.
The Dong Family Fast Set that he performed there was essentially the same as that taught by Tung Hu Ling in Honolulu. In it, on several occasions, he shows the lightening quick speed of the set and the explosive energy contained in the movements. He was somewhat constrained in his performance as the stage was quite small and elevated about 6 feet off the ground. He was forced to modify his footwork to accommodate these conditions.
Click here to see the Dong Zeng Chen's 1987 performance of the Dong Family Fast Set. The file is about 26.4 meg in size.
In early 1990, at age 42, Dong Zeng Chen created what he called "I Lu" or "The First Set". He gave it that name because it was the first set that he had created. It was based on the Dong Family Fast Set (as can be seen in his 1987 performance above), but he modified it significantly. His explanation was that he had changed some of the moves based on his practical experience.
As he was developing his I Lu he used his son Alex, Randy Kim and me as his practice dummies. He taught us the moves and used our reactions to make further refinements. By April of 1990 he was ready to share his new set with the world. On April 8, 1990, we all went up to the grounds of Kamahameha Schools and taped a demonstration tape. This clip is part of that video. The full production is available from the Dong family. Click here to go to the Taiji Store.
The clip presented here shows the practical applications of his I Lu set. Dong Zeng Chen is in the middle. His two attackers are Alex Dong and Randy Kim. I shot the video. If you listen carefully you can hear the sounds of the applications; a useful learning experience.
As of 2004, Dong Zeng Chen is still teaching this set, with some slight modifications. He now calls it the "Dong Family Short Form".
Click here to see the Dong Zeng Chen's 1990 demonstration of the applications of his I Lu Set, the Dong Family Short Form. The file is about 30.6 meg in size.
In the summer of 1991, when Dong Zeng Chen returned from his travels to Malaysia, he brought back a complete demonstration tape. At age 43, he had made the tape for his many disciples in that country. Included in it was this performance of the Yang Style Dao (knife or saber). I hope you will enjoy it!
Click here to see the Dong Zeng Chen's 1991 demonstration of the Yang Style Dao Set. The file is about 25.0 meg in size.
Also from his 1991 Malaysia demonstration, here is Dong Zeng Chen's rendition of the the Yang Style Jien Set.
The performance of the Jien is highly individualized. As one of the last weapons you learn, it is expected that you will add your own flash to the performance. They talk about how wielding the jien is a bit like using a Chinese writing brush, use of the wrist, highly subtle, etc.
By way of example, at one of our Maui camps, after lunch, I was quietly sitting in the practice hall. Dong Zeng Chen came in and picked up a sword. He then did the set 7 times in a row, each time with different energy so each set looked unique and distinctive. I wish I had a video camera with me to record that wonderful performance!
Click here to see the Dong Zeng Chen's 1991 demonstration of the Yang Style Jien Set. The file is about 38.4 meg in size.