Tung Ying-chieh

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Dong.
董英杰
Tung Ying-chieh
DYJ Commencement of Taiji.jpg
Dong Yingjie performing "Commencement of Taijiquan" from his book
Born (1898-11-08)8 November 1898
Hebei, China
Died 1961 (aged 62–63)
Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Nationality Chinese
Style Yang-style taijiquan
Notable students Tung Huling Tung Kai Ying
Website http://www.dongtaichi.com/ Dong Tai Chi home page
Tung Ying-chieh
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

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 Tung 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 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 Tung 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[edit]


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