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  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • VHS Release Date: 22 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CULZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,047 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dr Paul Lam (internationally accalimed Tai Chi teacher) gives a step-by-step guide to the 24 Forms of Tai Chi. Included are 6 Qigong breathing exercises to increase your energy levels, mini-workouts in the form of a breakdown of the seven core movements and close-ups (back and front) of each exercise - as demonstrated by medal-winning instructors.

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268 of 275 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Loveland on 9 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
Dr Paul Lam won the gold medal for his interpretation of Yang Tai Chi at the 1993 wushu olympics. His form is perfect. Several professors of Yang Tai Chi assisted in the making of this DVD. If you want to learn PRC(people's republic of china) 24 step Tai Chi, then don't even think of looking elsewhere. This is the 24 step Tai Chi form performed at it's highest level. Don't listen to the utter garbage written by other reviewers. They obviously haven't a clue what they're talking about. This DVD teaches Yang style Tai Chi and it teaches it brilliantly and unambiguously. The 24 forms are broken down into sections and analyzed and at the end of the DVD, Dr Lam performs the whole sequence from start to finish from two different angles. If you're going to buy a Tai Chi DVD for learning, make it this one because this is the authentic form being executed at the highest level of technical perfection.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "dimitris@village.uunet.lu" on 7 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
It is an excellent 2 hours instructional video of the standardised 24 forms. All the instructors are of high level, and explanations are very clear. The tape has 3 parts. The first part teaches 6 Qigong exercises. The second part teaches the 7 most difficult movements of the form. The third is a detailed instruction of all the 24 movements. Each movement is split in several parts and it is shown from different angles. At the end of the video, there is a complete demonstration of the 24 forms from the front and from the back views. There are instructions how to use the video for learning efficiently the 24 forms. However, it isn't enough for the absolute beginner. The video assumes that the viewer has a previous training either from a teacher or from another basic video of Dr. Lam (eg. Tai chi for older adults).
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
very clear instructions. i've gone from knowing nothing about tai chi to knowing a lot in a few weeks.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By viridiana on 2 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This video gives you a broad overview of the basics of tai-chi, including a detailed description of the chi-kong exercises, of the basic tai-chi forms, as well as demonstrations of the whole sequence from different points of view. Although it cannot substitute a real-life tai-chi class, it is a very useful complement to it. it serves to memorize and automatize the sequence of movements, leaving you free to concentrate on the fine details; it allows to observe any sequence as many times as you wish, as obsessively as you want, something you cannot realistically ask during a class; it can make you aware of gross posture mistakes that could be overseen during the classes because of time and shared attention limitations.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By The Surgeon on 11 April 2005
Format: DVD
Of course it would be much better to learn Tai Chi from an expert teacher. But this DVD makes its job very good. Forms are explained in details and its language is quite clear. Although my native language is not English, I can understand almost every sentence. I definitely recommend this DVD. Great work!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R,Wakefield on 26 May 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Found this rather confusing to following at first. I attended classes for The 24 Forms which did help. It is an ideal CD to use for 'homework' between classes. Not too sure I would have grasped it if I had not used it along side the classes though. Filming could have been improved but Paul Lam is brilliant.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2004
Format: DVD
Very few people overly care WHAT precisely the style is, so long as it works! Master Lam's work is excellently demonstrated, even if the style is not apparent (FYI its more or less the Yang long, but with some significant, but good, alterations). It is one of the better presented Tai Chi titles, and can be used effectively by beginner/intermediate. For advanced users, it largely depends on ego as to what they will gain from Master Lam's presentation of form.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
After reading the reviews on this I can say that it is based on the Yang Style and is sutable for people of almost any level of fitness and age. It also contains 6 qi gong exercises and 7 single movements.
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