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Kai Ying Tung’s Academy of Tai Chi Chuan

Kai Ying Tung’s Academy of Tai Chi Chuan

Master Tung Kai Ying is a third generation master who is internationally renown and has practiced and taught Tai Chi for over fifty years. Our students are fortunate to have the extended opportunity to attend Tai Chi Camps and workshops put on by Master Tung throughout the world. We are centrally located here in Los Angeles and welcome new students of all ages and abilities.

T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a part of the rich cultural heritage of China, resulting in many theories and writings on its exact origin. Literally translated as “Grand Ultimate Fist”, Tai Chi was originally developed as a martial art, but over the years has gained popularity as an exercise for health and meditation.

Based on the philosophy of Taoism and the principles of Yin and Yang, T’ai Chi Ch’uan incorporates a balance of opposites, such as full and empty or using the soft to overcome the hard; hence, the proverb of using “Four Ounces To Deflect A Thousand Pounds”. Tai Chi also distinguishes itself from other martial arts in that it is an “internal” form using the power of “chi” instead of the normal brute force used in other martial styles, making the most efficient use of the body with the least amount of effort.

Of the five main schools of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, namely the Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun, and Zhao Bao styles; the Yang style is the most practiced form of Tai Chi in the world today. It was through the efforts of its founder Yang Lu Chan, and later his grandson, Yang Cheng Fu, that T’ai Chi Ch’uan has such a large following. As Lu Chan’s reputation for both his martial prowess and teachings became legendary, the Yang form was popularized throughout China. He ultimately attained such mastery that he would never be defeated and became known as “Yang the Invincible”.

Yang Lu Chan trained in the Chen style of Tai Chi for approximately eighteen years, learning his art from Chen Chang Xin. The story goes that Chen was a student of Jiang Fa, whose master was Wang Tsung Yueh. From this lineage, the art was traced back to the Internal Boxing founded by Chang San Feng, a Taoist monk residing on Wu Dang Mountain.

The Tung family Taijiquan began with Tung Ying Chieh who was a student of Yang Cheng Fu. Before studying with Yang Cheng Fu, however, Tung had already studied the Wu Yu Xiang style of Taijiquan from Li Xiang Yuan.

Later he would make the Yang style his main form. In addition to the traditional Yang style forms, Tung also created a fast form of Taijiquan unique to his lineage. This fast form was based on the fast form of Wu Yu Xiang style Taijiquan and Yang style Taiji Long Boxing. This new form was taught as an advanced form to worthy students.

Tung’s ability at Taijiquan made him a sought after master and he later moved to Hong Kong and popularized the art there. Today, the Tung family Taijiquan has spread across the world to countries like America, England, Europe, Australia and in regions like South East Asia. The Tung family continues to teach their art to a growing number of enthusiasts around the world.

Master Tung Kai Ying

Master Tung Kai Ying, a third generation T’ai Chi Ch’uan master, has been studying T’ai Chi Ch’uan since the age of eight, in the Chinese traditional method of early childhood training. Taught by his grandfather and his father, Master Tung quickly grasped the principles of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, making rapid progress. Because of his natural aptitude, Master Tung’s grandfather gave him the name “Kai Ying.” Ying being his grandfather’s name, and Kai meaning to succeed, Kai Ying may be interpreted to mean “one who succeeds his grandfather in the T’ai Chi Ch’uan tradition.”

More than sixty years ago Tung Kai Ying’s grandfather first established the Tung Ying Chieh T’ai Chi Ch’uan Gymnasium in Hong Kong. From there, branches of the Gymnasium were introduced throughout Southeast Asia. Under the guidance of his grandfather, Kai Ying was dean and chief instructor in the Gymnasium. In 1962, he was invited to teach in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore; later he taught in Bangkok. Master Tung Kai Ying is held in great respect everywhere he has taught, due to his indefatigable earnestness in giving instruction. His students throughout Asia number in the thousands.

At his best with the T’ai Chi sword, Master Tung has appeared at many festivals, demonstrating his unique posture and movements. One sees him stepping now to the left, now to the right, forward and backward, his gleaming sword slicing the air with its razor edge. While his stance is solid and strong, his movements are light and graceful. Eyes flashing, precise steps dictate the flow of motion as his body turns in every direction. The waving sword, twirling in his hands, seems at once like the patter of rain, the darting of a swallow, or again, like a drifting cloud. Suddenly, it thrusts and strikes, swiftly and accurately, displaying a fascination and charm.

In 1969, Master Tung Kai Ying went to Hawaii to assist his father Master Tung Hu Ling, in teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Subsequently, in 1971, Master Tung moved to Los Angeles where he established Kai Ying Tung’s Academy of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, where any willing and sincere student may receive instruction in this traditional Chinese martial art. In China, Master Tung’s birthplace, the Tung style of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is well known and has become popular throughout Asia owing to the eminence of his grandfather. Now, in accordance with his grandfather’s wishes, Master Tung expects to familiarize the Western world with the many benefits of T’ai Chi Ch’uan.

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