Tung Ying Chieh (1898-1961) performs a fast set of Tai Chi Chuan. There are two fast sets in the Tung Family, a longer one based on the Long Form taught by Yang Cheng Fu, and the shorter set featured in this film. According to the descendants of Tung, he developed the fast set with the collaboration of Yang Cheng Fu. Tung continued developing the form and finished it after Yang’s death.
Tung Ying Chieh was one of the top disciples of the famous Yang Cheng Fu. He trained with Yang for 17 years, and also assisted teaching classes for Yang Cheng Fu. Tung left China from Shanghai, and moved first relocated to Macau, and then moved to Hong Kong where he established the Tung Ying Chieh Tai Chi Chuan Gymnasium.
The experience and knowledge of Tung Ying Chieh still has great influence on many practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan today. Tung’s lineage has been passed down through his late son Tung Hu Ling, and his grandsons Tung Kai Ying and Dong Zeng Chen, as well as by his top students. There are now many hundreds of students who practice Tai Chi Chuan around the world that can trace their lineage to Tung Ying Chieh.
The “Grandmaster” is a book about Tung Ying Chieh. It is written by Alex Dong, the great-grandson of Tung, as well as co-authored by David Saltman, who is now studying Tai Chi under Alex Dong. Click on the image to see more!
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