Dong Yingjie performing "Commencement of Taijiquan" from his book
8 November 1898|
|Died||1961 (aged 62–63)
Fuzhou, Fujian, China
|Notable students||Dong Huling|
|Website||Dong Tai Chi home page|
Tung Ying-chieh or Dong Yingjie (8 November 1898 – 1961) was an influential teacher of t'ai chi ch'uan. He was born in Hebei, China. A senior student of Yang Chengfu (1883–1936), he originally studied Wu (Hao)-style t'ai chi ch'uan as a young man. Tung also studied with Chengfu's older brother Yang Shao-hou (1862–1930) and was the founder of Dong Tai Chi. In Shao-hou's classes he was an older classmate of the Wu-style's Wu Kung-i (1900–1970) and Wu Kung-tsao (1902–1983), and the men remained close colleagues in later years. Following the trend of many famous t'ai chi masters who moved south during the War years, Tung moved to Hong Kong in 1949 and taught Yang style there. The Dong (Tung) style as it eventually developed included training features researched by Tung Ying-chieh, both with Yang Chengfu and independently.
He wrote a book called "T'ai chi ch'uan Explained" or "Principles of T'ai chi ch'uan" (T'ai chi ch'uan Shih I, 太極拳釋義) which has recently been translated from Chinese into English. First published in 1948, it has been reprinted (notably in Hong Kong in 1975) and updated continuously since its first publication.
Tung Ying-chieh was followed by son Dong Huling (董虎岭) who is followed by Tung Kai Ying and Dong Zeng Chen. The members of the Tung family teach t'ai chi ch'uan in Asia, Hawaii, North America and Europe.
T'ai chi ch'uan lineage tree with Yang-style focus
- This lineage tree is not comprehensive, but depicts those considered the 'gate-keepers' & most recognised individuals in each generation of Yang-style.
- Although many styles were passed down to respective descendants of the same family, the lineage focused on is that of the Yang style & not necessarily that of the family.
- Tung's Fast T'ai Chi Ch'uan
- de:Dong Yingjie
- Google video of Dong Yingjie (Tung Ying-chieh) performing a Yang style form
- Tung Kai-ying home page
- Chip Ellis' home page
- Alex Dong's home page
- Several pages comparing the solo form postures of Yang Chengfu and Dong Yingjie
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