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 most of the video files are in Windows Media Viewer (WMV) format. They work the best with the Windows media viewer.
11/21/03 -- I now have more storage space and can therefore give you longer videos. You can still look at, and download the small file below. But you can now also download and view larger video files. The larger videos take a while to download over the Internet so if you want to watch them I suggest that you have a high speed connection - a DSL or cable modem at least. Except for the first push hands and the staff set video, all are silent.
How to copy the video files and view them
If you have a high speed Internet connection you can probably just play the Windows Media Files below, and don't need to copy the files before you view them. The instructions below are designed for people with slower dial up Internet connections.
1) If you want to view the compressed video excerpt below (Fast Ex) you have to first transfer the compressed video file to your computer's hard disk.
The video file is compressed using the Win Zip format to speed the copying to your hard disk. You will need Win Zip software to uncompress the file. If you don't already have a copy of WinZip you may get a free (evaluation) copy of Win Zip by going to this link: http://download.com.com/3405-20-960683.html
2) Once you have copied the file to your hard disk and uncompressed it you will need software to play it.
The uncompressed file is in MPEG2 format and is requires 1.8 MB of hard disk storage. If you don't have a viewer that can read this format, you can download one for free at the following site: http://www.elecard.com/download/index.shtml Select the MPEG2 Player for your download.
If you need help with this process contact me at Taichip@aloha.net and I'll help you.
According to Dong Zeng Chen his grandfather, Dong Ying Jie, created the Dong family fast set to combine all that he had learned into an application oriented martial set based on the principles of Taijiquan. Alex Dong once told me that the set contained "all the best moves". Based on my experience it seems to me that it contains elements of the Yang and Hao style Taijiquan sets plus some additional highly effective moves.
The video below was filmed in super 8 mm film in Honolulu in 1965. It shows Tung Hu Ling, age 47, son of Dong Ying Jie, performing his family set in a demonstration on stage. He is shown in a spotlight, hence the lighting effect. Notable in this performance is that Tung Hu Ling executes some of the moves at lightening speed. So fast, in fact, that they are a blur even when shown in slow motion! This is why the set is referred to as the fast set.
In this performance Tung Hu Ling did the entire set in about 60 seconds. Fast! When we used to practice the set in class we normally took from 3 to 5 minutes start to finish.
If you are familiar with the set you will notice that Tung Hu Ling has made a few modifications. Some of the footwork is different. I believe he did this to adjust to the size of the stage. He also added two moves at the very end of the set which he did not teach in his classes in Honolulu. I can only speculate that he did this to show the audience a bit of the flashy spirit of the set.
(He did a similar thing when he was showing me the sword set one day after class when he added a lot of extra circles with the tassel. Also, he once remarked to me that he added some "flash" to a performance of the slow set that was filmed in order to make it more interesting to his audience. He said watching a properly performed Taijiquan set was like watching the grass grow - exceedingly boring, at least as seen from the outside!)
The Full Video of the Fast Set
Here is a Windows Media file of the entire film clip. It is about 60 seconds long and about 10.2 meg in size, so you will want to view this only if you are on a high speed Internet connection as a dial up connection would be too slow! Especially for a fast set :-)
Click here to view the full video of the Fast Set.
Below is a compressed 12 second video clip taken from the larger file. The action begins near the end of the set and goes to its conclusion. It is about 1.5 meg in size. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful as you seek the spirit of the set.
Note: This video file is compressed using the Win Zip format to speed the copying to your hard disk. You will need Win Zip software to uncompress the file. If you don't already have a copy of WinZip you may get a free (evaluation) copy of Win Zip by going to this link: http://download.com.com/3405-20-960683.html
Here is the compressed file: Tung Hu Ling Family Set 1965 Honolulu.zip
The video below was also filmed in super 8 mm film in Honolulu in 1965. It shows Tung Hu Ling performing the Taiji Dao (Saber) in a demonstration on stage. He is shown in a spotlight, hence the lighting effect. This is only part of the performance, unfortunately. But even in these few moves students of the Art will be able to learn much. At the time of the demonstration Tung Hu Ling was about 47 years old.
The file is a Windows Media file that is 8.9 meg in size and is best viewed when you are on line with either a cable modem or a DSL line (at least).
Click here to view the full video of the Saber set.
I believe this video was shot in Hawaii Kai, on Oahu, Hawaii, in 1980 by KHON-TV as part of a feature segment on Taijiquan. In it I think you will see the finest example of push hands caught on video. It is awesome! It shows the Taijiquan applications executed in a loose and overwhelming manner - totally in keeping with the Taijiquan Classics. At that time Tung Hu Ling was 62 years old.
If you study the two videos below carefully you will see one of Tung Hu Ling's characteristic moves - in which he sucks his opponent in and then spits him out. I saw him do this many times in class and every time it was a wonder! These tapes truly capture Tung Hu Ling's martial spirit.
His partner in the demonstration is Chris Chang, son of noted Honolulu acupuncturist, Mabel Chang. I believe that Chris was about 25 years old when the video was shot and had been practicing for at least ten years with Tung Hu Ling. By comparison, Tung was 62 years old.
Sorry for the poor video quality. I'll try to fix it in the future. The original was much clearer.
Click here for the first push hands video. It is about 41.4 meg in size so it will take a while to load.
Click here for the second push hands video. It is about 37.8 meg in size so you can practice your patience in the meantime!
I think this film was shot in Thailand about 1960, when Tung Hu Ling was about 42 years old. I made the video from a film given to me by Wah Duck Young in Honolulu. Mr. Young was a key support of Tung Hu Ling and helped him come to the US and settle in Honolulu. He was a well respected man in the Honolulu Chinese community and served in many ways, including being the Principal of the Sun Yat Sen School, the major Chinese school in the city. May he rest in peace!
This excerpt of the Yang style slow set includes the movements from the first Cross Hands to the second Cross Hands. In it you will see an awesome display of Tung Hu Ling's flowing style! There is no sound in this excerpt, although I have another copy (not as good quality) that includes a voice over naming the moves in Chinese. The voice on that copy is that of Jasmine Tung, Tung Hu Ling's sister.
The file is large, about 70.9 meg, but it is well worth the wait!
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 Hu Ling's full performance.
Click here to see Tung Hu Ling performing the Slow Set. The file is about 70.9 meg in size so you will have time to do a Set yourself while you wait for it to load!