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Workshop Notes - front cover

Workshop Notes by Master Alex Dong

Testimonial by Toni DeMoulin

Master Alex Dong's new book, Taijiquan Explained - Workshop Notes is the most clearly written book on taijiquan that I have read. These are real notes from his real workshops over the past few years, I know because I was at many of them. His generosity in sharing the information in these notes with the greater Taiji community, not just his students, took courage and is unprecedented in his family and most masters in general. I can't recommend this book enough. I have it with me all the time, I quote it all the time, my students are quoting it all the time.


Workshop Notes - Table of Contents
Introduction
Teaching Style
Good Teacher Verse Bad Teacher
Qualities of Taiji
Replenish the Body
Who, When, Where, Why and How
Practice Before Theory
Right Frame of Mind
Taste of Perfection
Balance
Center
Roundness and Opening
Fluidity
Sinking
The Four Points
Connect the Dots
Too Much and Not Enough
Step First to Open, Bring the Arms in First to Close
Open From the Inside, Close From the Outside
Every Energy Has an Opposite Energy
When the Upper Body Turns
Hands and Feet Connected with Threads
Use What Is More Effective
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Breathing and Movements
Use the Legs Shifting Forward
Use the Back Leg to Shift Forward and Front Leg to Shift Back
Maximize Result of Shifting
When Turning Left, the Left Side Starts First
Move the Higher or Forward Hand First
Everything Finishes Together
Five Parts of Power
One, Two, and Infinity
Synchronization of Movement / Cooperation of Movements
Whole Body Must be Loose When Moving and Connected When Finished
Over-Extension
The Body Works Together
Eyes Follow the Application
Be Upright for Posture and Slightly Rounded and Forward for Power
Developing Real Skills
Dropping and Lifting the Hands
Energy of Pull, Push, and Turn
Open Properly to Close, and Close Properly to Open
Open and Close in Forms and in Push Hands
Circles in Every Movement
The Energy of Stepping
Timing of Closing the Upper and Lower Body
Rounding of the Back
To Solve Stiffness
Benefits Come with Practice
Energy in the Circles
Structure and Support
The Four Steps to Achieve Total Calmness
Questions and Answers
Advantages and Disadvantages
Rules for Twenty Common Mistakes
Conclusion
Photos of Family Fast Form

New DVD - Yang Style Slow Set - Version I and II - 2011

With a new space saving version of the Slow Set that requires only two thirds of the space. Price $50


Tai Chi Explained by Alex Dong - published 2008

Second printing October 2008

This book includes many fundamentals on the body, mind and energies. Pictures (color) and instructions of every move in the slow form. There is also a section call the "Often Misunderstood", "Understand in Depth" and a chapter just on Push Hands training and strategies. A must have for new students who just learning or those who wants to improve their Slow Form. Great for the more advanced students to learn more about Push Hands and understand more depth.

A paragraph from the chapter "Push Hands"

Different Energies must be dealt with differently: knowing how to deal with all different energies is the key to good Push Hands. Each style pushes differently, each individual has a different energy; their styles and energies could range from black to white, through every shade of grey. There is no one way of making the basic circles that is superior to the others; there are many variations, but all should follow the Taiji principles. Power, speed, agility and techniques are the physical factors; discipline, experience, trickery and heart are the internal factors. There is always going to be someone who is better than you in one or more aspects, so you must prepare and know how to deal with it, and learn from it.

DVD of the Hong Kong Grand-Gathering, held on November 12th 2006

In honor of Great-Grand Master Tung Ying Jie

Jasmlne Tung Sword
Tung Kai Ying Slow Form
Dong Zeng Chen Hao Style and Push Hands
Tung Xlao Feng Slow Form
Alex Da-De Dong Fajin and Advanced Saber
Tung Chen Wel Family Fast Form, Applications, Staff and Push Hands
Yip Meng Lin Push Hands

Taiji Video on DVD

Master Alex Dong has produced an extraordinary series of demonstration videos, and all three are available in DVD format, and include full length demonstrations and describe the benefits of each form. Along with music soundtrack, the video captures the essence of Master Alex's softness and mastery through close-ups of his hands and face.

The DVDs are region free and in NTSC format. All prices are US dollars.

Slow Set and Dong Family Fast

This DVD covers the Dong Family Slow Set (Orthodox style) and Dong Family Fast Form (slow & fast versions). Total running time: 42:42 Price: $30

Hao Style and Fa-Jing Form

Includes the Dong Family Hard Form (traditional Hao style), and the Dong Family Fa-Jing form (slow & fast) which was created by Alex's great grandfather. Total running time: 34:38 Price: $50

Weapons

Sabre, advanced sabre, sword, sticks, and spear forms feature on this DVD and all forms are demonstrated in full, providing a rare insight into advanced taiji practice. Total running time: 37:17 Price: $65

The Dong (Tung) Family History Tape

Follow the history of Four Generations of the Dong Family, featuring Dong (Tung) Ying Chieh, Dong Hu (Tung Fu) Ling, and Dong Zeng Chen performing the 108 sequence form of the Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Price: $65

DVD - Three Treasures

DVD - Three Treasures

Peng, Lu, Ze, An - Hard Qi Gong - Taiji Gong. Price: $30

DVD - Dong Family Fast Form and Dong Family Fajin Form

DVD - Dong Family Fast Form and Dong Family Fajin Form

A updated version of the Dong Family Fast Form with the Dong Family Fajin Form. Price: $40

Red Book by Dong Ying Jie (Tung Ying Jie)

Taiji can be practiced while walking, standing or lying down. Always use Taiji principles and work on Taiji, in any situation. For example, try to pick up a cup or glass using a lot of energy and then with very little. Pay attention while walking, are your steps heavy or light? Compare standing with knees locked and then bent, with hips relaxed or on one foot versus both. These are all excellent learning experiences. Price $50

Translation of Tung Ying Jie's Red Book

A translation into English of Tung Ying Jie's famous Red Book book has been completed by Master Alex Dong. The parts of the original that describe the postures are not included in the translation. Price: English translation $35

Further information

For all inquiries and to purchase goods, please contact Alex Dong by email alexdongtaiji@hotmail.com or call (646) 269-7989. Postal address: Alex Dong, 69-11 Yellowstone Blvd. Apt. B27 Forest Hills, NY 11375, USA.

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