Master Alex Dong

Fourth Generation Tai Chi Chuan Master

Master Alex Dong is a fourth generation Taijiquan Master of the Dong (Tung) family.

He started his formal training with his father, Grand Master Dong Zeng Chen at the age of five in Hebei Province, the heart of martial arts in China. In 1983, at the age of twelve, he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he continued his training with his father and also studied with his grand-father, Grand Master Dong Hu Ling who had a major influence on his learning. In 1991, Alex Dong was awarded the US National Tai Chi Chuan championship in moving push hands and the Best Martial Spirit Title for all competitors while representing the state of Hawaii.

He started teaching at the age of 15 with his father

where he assisted him in translation from Chinese to English during classes. In 1990 he started a class of his own in Hawaii, and has continued to teach ever since. In 2003, he relocated to New York City where he established his new school, the Alex Dong International Taijiquan Association. Genuine principles of taijiquan are taught and through that teaching Master Dong wants to spread and popularize the art of Taijiquan.

“I think we should keep the true art and its traditional ways. The tradition is equally important as the art itself. The more people practicing the better.”

- Alex Dong

He founded the Tung Ying Jie Taiji Legacy in honour of his great-grandfather

To keep the traditions of the Dong family style alive and to recognize Tung Ying Jie Taiji as one of the most important practitioners in Taiji history. Master Dong translated a large part of Tung Ying Jie's book titled Taijiquan Explained commonly referred to as The Red Book.

He is a devoted teacher who gives to his students the real meaning of Taiji

Infecting them with an enthusiasm to work harder and with greater confidence. He also underlines the role of the soft Yang form in improving both health and self-defence skills. Alex Dong leads seminars worldwide in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Greece, the Czech Republic and in Asia.

Classes (New York, NY)

Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm.

For students with some experience. Please inquire if you are interested. We are currently working on the Slow form, Fajin form, Hard form (Hao) and Push Hands. Visitors may attend and pay a per class fee of $35.

Thursday evenings 7 pm to 8:30 pm

New students must sign up for the first cycle/4 classes-$90 or first two cycles/8 classes for $150.
From 7 pm to 7:30 pm: Warm ups, Stretching, Qigong and Meditation.
From 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Basic Taiji training and starting Taiji form.

Monthly workshop

There’s a Sunday workshop once a month for students with experience. Please inquire for dates and location. Private lessons are also available by Master Alex Dong and senior students.

440 Studios
440 Lafayette Sreet, New York NY 10003.

Directly across from the public theater, between Astor Place and 4th Street. Subway 8th st. on the W, R trains, and Astor Place on the 6 trains.

For more information, please email