Tung Ying Chieh Videos
If you are interested in purchasing videos of the Dong family performing Taijiquan please take a look at their web site through the Taiji e-store by clicking here. They are well worth the money! If you are a serious student of the Yang or Dong styles the History tape is worth its weight in gold!
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.
Note that these video files are in Windows Media Viewer (WMV) format. They work the best with the Windows media viewer.
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I believe these pictures were taken about 1945 in Thailand when Tung Ying Chieh was about 47 years old. This is the film of the man who started it all for the Dong family's involvement with the Art! Tung Ying Chieh was one of the top disciples of Yang Cheng Fu. In his day he was widely regarded as one of the most accomplished masters of Taijiquan. He is the Father of us all!
In this segment of the Set you will see him perform with a decidedly martial style. His performance has a strong flavor of practical application. It is direct and to the point and reflects the times in which he lived and his years of experience using Taijiquan as a martial art. As such these pictures are about as close as you can get to a real life view of Yang Cheng Fu's Art.
If you like this excerpt you should contact the Dong family and purchase the History tape. (Click here to get to the Taiji Store.) That tape includes Tung Ying Chieh's full performance.
Click here to see Tung Ying Chieh performing the Slow Set. The file is about 49.3 meg in size
My understanding is that this sequence was taken in Malaysia around 1950, when Tung Ying Chieh was about 52 years old. It offers you a different point of view, so you can use it to further your understanding of his movements. In covers the traditional Yang Style slow set from the first Cross Hands to the second Cross Hands.
Click here to see this version of the Slow Set. The file is about 57.7 meg in size.
In 1954 a well publicized fight occurred in Macao between Wu Kung Yi, 53 year old son of Wu Chien Chuan, representing Taijiquan, and Ch'en K'e-fu (Chan Hak Fu), about age 33, representing the White Crane style. Before the fight Tung Ying Chieh demonstrated the Dong Family Fast Set for the crowd. In the coverage of the fight, which is available on the Internet, you can see Tung performing a few of the movements from the set.
There is an excellent write up of the event and its environment in the Qi Journal. See Qi Journal, Volume 12, No. 3, Autumn 2002, http://www.qi-journal.com .