Yang Tai Chi for Beginners - Tai Chi Beginner Exercise by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming **BESTSELLER**
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.46 x 1.52 cm; 81.08 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 4 hours and 53 minutes
- Release date : 23 January 2012
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : YMAA Publication Center
- ASIN : B006WPDKLI
- Number of discs : 1
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Learn Tai Chi Step-by-Step with Master Yang.
Front and rear view to follow along easily.
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Bestselling Tai Chi DVD with amazing detail
Tai Chi is a kind of moving meditation with ancient roots in Chinese martial arts. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming teaches you the traditional Yang-style form step-by-step, while explaining each movement.
Yang Tai Chi is the most popular style in the world, practiced by millions of people every day. By practicing Tai Chi, you relax the mind and body deeply, and your body's natural restorative abilities are most efficient. Regular practice can benefit your strength, flexibility, bone-density, and muscle mass. The low-impact exercise has been shown to improve symptoms of depression and insomnia, and promote the healing of chronic conditions.
Tai Chi is an excellent way to relieve stress, lower your blood pressure, and develop a positive attitude toward life. Tai Chi will increase your circulation of blood, nutrients, and energy throughout the body, resulting in improved vitality and longevity.
Master Yang instructs the complete Tai Chi form from the front, and shows each movement one-by-one from multiple angles. There is also a rear view of the form that you can simply follow-along with once you're familiar with the movements. Tai Chi will develop your mind's alertness, awareness, and concentration.
Dr. Yang's tai chi lineage is traced to the Yang family through Grandmaster Kao, Tao and his teacher Yue, Huanzhi, an indoor disciple of Yang, Chengfu. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi says: "regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind."
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This is not just about learning the moves without substance. Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming is a rightful master and explains in very good english every single move, once twice, three times in different angles. Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming is obviously also a martial master and explains in detail why every move exists and how one would apply it in real life. While this is perhaps not what a beginner will be doing, it makes all the difference in understanding exactly why you turn an elbow or angle your hand or change your stance while doing a movement. This is something none of the other instructors have shown and it is probably because they have no idea what the real background even behind the simplest for of Tai Chi actually is.
This video is like night and day compared to all the others. I am a first time Tai Chi amateur and although I know nothing, I bow deeply to Master Yang for being one of the very few true experts to also reveal everything in a very pedagogic way.
If you are a beginner like me this DVD will set you on the right path from the beginning instead of just following along "teachers" who only wave arms and legs without foundation. If you are already practicing Tai Chi but feel it is empty, this is also for you.
The dvd is shot in a perfect instructional manner with 1 single camera angle all the time. Straight forward. Many other videos shift angle here and there, zoom in and zoom back and when you are learning steps and moves.. very soon you loose track of where you are. This one does it right. Here is another detail that might surprise you - there is no soothing talk and thankfully there is no lame background music. This is perfect because you are getting a lot of detailed instruction which you want to hear.
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming knows what he is showing and he is a very good on-screen teacher. I can only hope you understand how much better this DVD is compared to most other TaiChi instructional videos. Buy it!
Many people tell you that you can only learn from a respectable teacher, and I would agree, except that teaching is an art, and few are those who excel at it! With this DVD, it is almost as if you had a teacher in your own living room!
Some have raised an objection as to the price of the DVD: I have spent two years attending evening classes (with a teacher from a reputable school, with a franchise across London) I had to 'subscribe' to the school, buy a silly uniform, pay for each session and yet, 90% of the time, the actual demonstrations of the movements were no better than what you have on any DVD 'Monkey see, Monkey do' technique...
Plus, the current system employed by many schools (understandable, as they need to balance income generation with cost of class to individual) means that you have a large group of mixed abilities, and the teacher tends to leave the 'more advanced' students in charge of the newer recruits - again, teaching is much more than telling people 'do this, do that' and it was at times very frustrating!
What is of course missing from any DVD, even the best, is the feedback from someone who can actually see you performing the movements, but that is why Dr Yang's DVD, with extensive explanations, repeated demonstrations and mention of potential or common errors, is EXCELLENT, you understand the how, why, and when of the movements... It is still not as good as having someone watch and correct your mistakes, but it is as good as you can get from a DVD.
After quitting my class [I could no longer take the lame - and at times very insulting - jokes of the teacher] I thought I could maybe take a one-to-one class with a private teacher, but all those I approached seemed very concerned with being adressed as 'sifu'(it means 'master' in cantonese, 'shifu' in mandarin chinese).... and I'm talking people half my age (lol)... I'd happily adress Dr Yang as Sifu, any time! Or any one else who can demonstrate knowledge, understanding, ability to instruct and share in such a clear manner. He is a true master - I have never met him, but I have learnt much more from his DVDs and books, than I ever did by attending my classes! I will keep on practising, and hopefully one day will find a good teacher to guide me further!
In the meantime, I can only recommend this DVD, it is a gem!