on 19 April 2013
The careful demonstration, by Gerda Geddes of the postures (reflected in a wall mirror) of the Long Form with her voice over instructions, gives the student a direct the way to progress through and learn the form. An excellent method to aid the student. One is in the actual class. There are no unnecessary words. Just direct communication. The DVD includes "The Magic Bird Spreads Its Wings" which tells of her early life and the 40 years learning and teaching T'ai-Chi Ch'an .We see her performing the Form in a Park alone with the passing strollers watching or moving by. Over many years she has express her aim to promote harmony between the Spirit and a fit healthy body . I had her Videos- T'ai Chi Fitness for Life and Tai Chi Chuan Long Yang Form - , I am delighted to have both on one DVD. Also I have since 1993, her book "Looking for The Golden Needle an allegorical journey" dedicated to her teacher Choy Kam-man. There are now many Martial Art, Qi Gong etc.DVD's and books available, Gerda Geddes is a most respected instructor who has inspired many to practise and continue to do so for their life's benefit and for the benefit of others.
on 1 June 2011
This is in fact two films on one DVD. The mirror image demonstration technique takes some getting used to and the camera work could have been a bit more professional (it was shot in 1982, I believe!) The second film, "The Magic Bird Spreads its Wings" was interesting, and I especially enjoyed the insight into the symbolism of Tai Chi Chuan postures. Over all a good addition to a personal Tai Chi library.