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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000SVWAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dr Paul Lam presents this simple introducton to the benefits of Tai Chi; beginning with a brief introduction to Tai Chi, and followed by a series of Tai Chi warm up, cooling down and Qigong exercises.

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332 of 334 people found the following review helpful By Birolli on 28 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
This is a Tai Chi DVD for complete beginners, but it doesnt get bogged down with lots of theory and background to Tai Chi.
Dr Lam is a family Doctor as well as top Tai Chi Master. So he has blended his knowledge of the Human body and Health with Tai Chi to create powerful Tai Chi for all body types, ages and physical abilities. He has loads of other dvds out there, but this is the best one to start with.
It begins with easy to learn warm-ups and cool downs and QuiGong Breathing etc. It ends with a 6 form routine which contains a lot of health benefits and many basic Tai Chi movements.
The production values are very high with side, front, back demos and relaxing background music.
All in all I really rate this DVD as it does what it says on the tin. I personally didnt want to get too heavily into the whole Tai Chi philosophy thing. Dr Lam does go through some core principles and so on, but not at great length which means we can get on with the Tai Chi.
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158 of 159 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
On this tape Dr. Paul Lam teaches warm-up exercises, 5 qigong movements, and 6 tai chi movements, the latter combining to form a short tai chi set, performed straight through a number of times at the end of the tape. The warm-ups are thorough but gentle, the qigong is energizing, and I find the tai chi movements easier to follow than on any of the other tapes I own, and, in fact, than in my Tai Chi class!!! (That's sacrilege I suppose, but there it is). The moves are demonstrated from a number of angles, and at crucial points we're told to follow a student with her back to us while Dr. Lam faces front, a great way of solving the left/right movement problem. Dr. Lam's own performance of Tai Chi is very inspiring to watch, but there's no sense of arrogance, rather a feeling of caring; he invites the viewer to join in, in the gentlest possible way. The lessons are geared towards all ages, showing how to use a chair as a prop, for example if your balance is a bit dicey, and equally demonstrating how to make some moves a bit more challenging if you wish. The inside of the cover gives a suggested combination programme of practice, over a number of weeks. My only criticism of this is that you have to fast forward, rewind etc. a lot, in order to follow these combinations. But this is a quibble - the quality of instruction is such that it's well worth sitting down and 'indexing' the tape yourself, a little bit of work which pays dividends in making navigating the lessons much easier. A wonderful production - thank you Paul Lam!
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223 of 226 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2005
Format: DVD
Very good DVD, with the instructor showing a move himself, then having 1 of his students show the move from various angles, al the time telling you precisely where your arms and feet are supposed to be. By the end of the DVD I could do all the moves in a 12 step move (whatever you call it).
The only thing missing would have been more information on breathing, as this is left out, but I guess the DVD is focused on beginners so the aim is to teach you the moves.
I think people with injuries or elderly people who aren't that fit or flexible would find this very helpful, as the Dr goes very slow and very gently explains how not to over-exercise yourself.
All in all great for someone like me who's never done this to learn the basics of Tai Chi. But most certainly a Beginners DVD.
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143 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Job CF on 3 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
Based on my experience I can confidently state that one can learn Tai Chi from this DVD.
I have tried books and two other DVDs but this is the best DVD to start with.
Very effective from day 1.

Dr Lam has loads of information at his website and there is a very friendly and helpful forum where you can ask questions. Dr Lam or another expert will answer you.

I was adviced to use this DVD before progressing on to more advanced DVDs. It is best to try and perfect few movements than to learn many.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By D. Ross on 14 May 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I think that would be an apt way of looking at this DVD. It's a very good DVD, and is taught very well. I bought it to learn, and learn I did. Dr. Lam, although not talking in his mother tongue, explains the movements very well, and even uses some of his pupils.

If there was one thing I would fault the DVD on, it's that it's ever so slightly fast. I would personally prefer it slightly slower (but maybe that's a personal thing). On the other hand, Dr. Lam can take his time whilst you're stuck in a pose.

Other than these personal niggles, the DVD is very good and well worth buying to learn a few basic movements to start with. The next logical step is the 24 movements (which Dr. Lam has also made a DVD of).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JonesAndTaylor on 27 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD because there are no classes near where I live. It was just like a class in the comfort of my own home. Just what I wanted. Top.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Z from T&T on 21 Jan. 2010
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I can say with surety that this is an excellent DVD for an absolute beginner because from knowing no Tai Chi at all I have mastered all the basics that Dr Lam taught on this DVD. His instructions were very clear and simple and the demonstrations very easy to follow; from the simple step by step to the full set in its entirety. I practised every day and as suggested, mastered each step before moving on to the next and after 3 months I am looking forward to the stage - The 24 Forms! Very exciting!
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