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David Carradine - An Introduction For Beginners To Chi Energy Work Out [DVD]

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  • Actors: David Carradine
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Revelation Films
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B64W20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,173 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Let Hollywood legend and Kill Bill star David Carradine guide you through this introduction to the basic Chi Kung and Tai Chi exercises, both designed to remove tension, stress and pent-up emotions from the mind, whilst also increasing your flow of energy. Gently tone, stretch and oxygenate the muscles of the body while feeling thoroughly relaxed, rejuvenated and energized. This programme includes inspirational nature footage, accompanied by the soothing music of Jonn Serrie, with sequences choreographed by Doctor of Chi Kung, Arnold E Tayam. Tai Chi Maintain and Restore Health Tai Chi has proven to be one of the most powerful, yet gentle ways to rejuvenate the body and maintain and restore health. The Chinese believe that one s health and vitality is directly influenced by the flow of one s internal energy. This flow of energy can be easily enhanced by combining smooth and circular body movements with mental relaxation and focus. This is the essence of Tai Chi and this programme is devoted to the simplicity of this essence. Workout Time: Approx 57 mins Chi Kung Energy Skill Chi Kung literally means energy skill and was created 5000 years ago in ancient China as a way to find inner peace, harmony, strength and health. The Chinese believe that the mind, body, emotions and the spirit are all components of energy or Chi . This Chi affects not only our physical health but our mental and spiritual well being. In essence, inner harmony and mental focus are not just achieved by understanding, but also through efficient, simple and gentle exercises. Workout Time: Approx 60 mins SPECIAL FEATURES An Exclusive New David Carradine Interview, Photo Gallery


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105 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Aug 2008
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Extremely good Chi Kung routine.

I bought this one a bit skeptically, for the Tai Chi section, but enjoy the Chi Kung routine immensely and do it regularly. It is straightforward to do, is demonstrated by 5 people (Carradine, Dr Tayam, an athletic man, and 2 athletic women), and the music is calm ambient with some oriental flutes, and the visuals behind the 5 people are really wonderful : time lapse of clouds rolling over the grand canyon, of a boat ride up a fjord, of a journey through the solar system etc... all with Carradine and co doing the movements in front.

It's just great.

You can be skeptical about Carradine, but you know what he's a real person and so are the other 4, Dr Tayam is there for correctness, but they are real people and it feels good. (some other videos have super fit Californian types in lycra with picture postcard teethwork, well that's not what I want).

My body tingles when pulling the heavens down or doing the heart exercise.

I did Kung Fu for 5 years a while back and wanted to reconnect with the ancient Chinese exercises ... and this is it - I was suprised, but this is it for me.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, refreshing and revitalising 1 Feb 2009
By Angela
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This production is very enjoyable introduction to Tai Chi and Chi Kung (the simpler exercises) which I always wanted to try but somehow never got around to it. I loved the visuals, the music and the feeling of being in a friendly class. I totally agree with the above reviews, worthy of six stars. I also bought an Introduction for Beginners to AM and PM Tai Chi. I love both but this is the outstanding one. I have also bought copies as gifts.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 9 Feb 2009
By KitKat
I bought this DVD with Barefoot Doctor's TaiChi Workout and whilst I was extremely disappointed with my other purchase (see review) this DVD has been excellent. Easy to follow and informative, I have found both sections (Tai Chi and Chi Kung) beneficial and enjoyable to do.

I am recommending this to friends and family and to anyone who wants to try TaiChi at home.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD 10 April 2011
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I bought this DVD so that I could exercixe in my own home. I felt embarrassed going to a class, because I am an older woman, and all the other people were young striplings. My mobility has improved and my wellbeing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chi Energy Work Out. 1 Jan 2011
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Essentially this `Chi Energy Workout DVD' gives us two of David Carradine's videos for the price of one.

This is divided into two parts. The first part goes through a short Tai Chi routine and the second part explores Chi Kung exercises. Each segment is hosted and narrated by Carradine and the exercises are fully shown by Arnold E Tayam, a Chi Gung/Tai Chi Master. Carradine does the exercises (in a rather kitsch silk pyjama type outfit) with the master and three other students. The background is an ever changing landscape of natural scenes, things like sea scenes and mountains etc and whilst this may sound slightly cheesy, it is actually very relaxing and enhances the lessons. There is also music behind the lesson which can feel a touch `new agey' at times, but is generally ok. You can do the lesson in it's entirety, or skip to the part you wish to focus on for that day and as a result you can progress at a rate that suits you.

I particularly enjoyed the Chi Kung segment and found myself especially rejuvenated afterwards. It acted as a self body massage and awakened my senses and body. The Tai Chi is more relaxing (hence why it is called Moving Meditation) and I felt very mellow and calm afterwards. Used at different times both segments have their uses, whether to invigorate or chill out.

There is also a short interview with Carradine on the extras part of the disc, where he talks about certain aspects of his film career and 'Kill Bill', which is quite interesting.

All in all this is a good introduction to either set of exercises and is one you can use for quite some time to see the benefits in your life. You have to do this regularly to see the benefits, but the disc is so good it isn't a chore and you don't mind putting this on and following along.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, easy to follow 6 May 2010
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As "OAPs", we wanted a simple, not too taxing system we could follow easily. This works fine for us. Recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tai chi dvd 14 Nov 2011
By druid
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very good dvd & easy to follow at your own pace, I am 67 and found it great to keep me fit & now use it every morning to get ready for the day ahead.
would recommend it to anyone who just wants some gentle exercises to follow without getting tired out.
I am very pleased I bought this.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars. 20 April 2007
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Firstly what is a 'Chi Energy Workout'. Well basically this DVD is two sessions on one disc, the first session an hour of Tai Chi and the second sesion an hour of Chi Kung. I would describe Chi Kung as the Chinese version of Yoga, although people more familier with Chi Kung may or may not agree with that.

Do not confuse this with Carradines 1980s video's which have been repackaged in DVD format as 'An Introduction To Kung Fu And Tai Chi'. The above mentioned has been subject to some bad reviews mainly on Amazon.com and rightly so due to less than perfect production and terrible 80s shell suits, big hair and leg warmers.

Not so this production which I believe is a repackaging of two of Carradines 1990's videos's. I could not find a fault even if I wanted to. Both sessions are superbly demonstrated by a true Master by name of Arnold E Tayham and backed up by what appears to be a small group of experts. Carradines narration is very clear, calm, relaxing and instructive and a pleasure to listen to.

Carradine also joins in with the others and appears quite competent although Mr Tayam is the one to watch, not because anyone else demonstrates bad form but because Mr Tayam seems to have that extra special something about his form that you just cannot put your finger on.

The soothing music of John Serrie and the background sequence of ever changing nature footage is almost hypnotic along with Carradines calming explanations of the flowing of Chi energy and controlled breathing.So much so that I sat and watched the entire two hours almost in a state of meditation and felt has if I had gained from this DVD before I had even tried it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This DVD is for beginners but also useful for anyone wanting to try something slow and easy to get into after injury or illness. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. C. Bentley
4.0 out of 5 stars great value
this is an excellent dvd for the price. it has an hour of tai chi and another hour of chi kung. Its also got an interview with DC. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TONI
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a brilliant product It is easy to follow without too much unnecessary talking and the background makes it a bit more interesting.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Show me your feet!!
I've never done Tai Chi before and needed something to show me step by step the different movements. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit fast for absolute beginners
Really like the format of this dvd and look forward to working with it when I've learned the movements, but as an absolute beginner the explanations of the movements were too fast... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs M Spratley
4.0 out of 5 stars feel good and healthy
very relaxing workout. looking forward to many more healthy years. very simple instructions and very good voice over and video of moves from all angles - reccomend
Published 12 months ago by Terry Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on David Carradine
This dvd is extremely easy to follow and very helpful without being to strenuous on your muscles, not only that i liked david carradine very much he was ace. Read more
Published 13 months ago by c steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Having injuries is not nice but Chi defo worked to make me feel that bit better, it's not a miracle drug but better than prescription medication
Published 14 months ago by Soulreaper
4.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi
Item as described, happy with purchase. This was purchased as a present for a friend, as far as I know they are very pleased with the content.
Published 15 months ago by Jean Holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great for a complete beginner
If you already know a bit about tai chi etc. this will probably be fine for you, but as a complete beginner I found it pretty unhelpful. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kwiddows
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