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Tai Chi For Beginners [2002] [DVD]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • 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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000SVWAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,226 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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327 of 328 people found the following review helpful
By Birolli
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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155 of 156 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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222 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good for Beginners 28 July 2005
By A Customer
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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139 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective for learning Tai Chi 3 Sep 2006
By Job CF
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
4.0 out of 5 stars "Welcome to Tai Chi" 14 May 2006
By D. Ross
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin. 27 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I learnt Tai Chi from this DVD! 21 Jan 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi for Beginners
Waste of time buying this, just gives you a few simple warm up exercises, and dosnt show you enough Tai chi movements, I have done Tai chi before in a class and its was amazing.
Published 21 days ago by Deborah Coates
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok but a bit slow to start
Looks OK - there is a lot of pre-amble and the warm up takes quite a while before you get to the actual exercises - but I suppose that this is the essence of Tai Chi
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow and steady learning
This DVD is easy to follow showing front and rear aspects of all the movements. It is carefully explained and repeats make it easy to learn from.
Published 4 months ago by rayjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi
Very easy to follow. Step by step guide which I thought good, moves are explained slowly and simply. Good for beginners like me.
Published 4 months ago by Rona
5.0 out of 5 stars best ive tried
I have tried a few tai chi dvd's, this one shows the moves from all. It is explained and shown simply and effectively. If you want to learn tai chi, this is the one for you.
Published 5 months ago by g nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai chi for beginners
Very good helps me to go over the moves in detail, and good relaxation exercises. It's excellent as showing moves from front and from the back.
Published 6 months ago by Jane Ann Pettit
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Thank you. Arrived promptly. I've been a bit too lazy to watch it yet much, oh dear. Maybe this week.
Published 6 months ago by MS AY
3.0 out of 5 stars to early to give a comment
to early to give a comment as I have not used the dvd yet. I will review at a later date
Published 7 months ago by yvonnema
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!!
I didn't like it at all. I really thought this DVD would help me, to exercise, but unfortunately it wasn't!!
Published 8 months ago by KatieS
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery, great DVD
Received this DVD the NEXT DAY! It's also a great DVD and Dr Lam is a great teacher, a little bit about the history of Tai Chi but not too much and all moves are explained... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jessica
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