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  • Actors: Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming
  • Directors: David Silver
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Ymaa Publication Centre
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 293 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006WPDKLI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,374 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Learn Tai Chi Step-by-Step with Master Yang Tai Chi Chuan is a kind of moving meditation with ancient roots in Chinese martial arts. In this program, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming teaches you the complete traditional Yang-style long form step-by-step, while explaining the meaning of each movement. Yang Tai Chi is the most popular style in the world, and it is practiced by millions of people every day. By practicing Tai Chi, you relax the mind and body deeply, which is the key to maintaining and improving your health. When you are calm and centered, your body's natural restorative abilities are most efficient. Regular practice can benefit your strength, flexibility, bone-density, and muscle mass. The low-impact exercise has been shown to improve symptoms of depression and insomnia, and promote the healing of chronic conditions. Tai Chi is an excellent way to relieve stress, lower your blood pressure, and develop a positive attitude toward life. Tai Chi will increase your circulation of blood, nutrients, and energy throughout the body, resulting in improved vitality and longevity. Master Yang instructs the complete Tai Chi form from the front, and shows each movement one-by-one from multiple angles. There is also a rear view of the form that you can simply follow-along with once you're familiar with the movements. Tai Chi will develop your mind's alertness, awareness, and concentration. Most importantly, as you practice, pay attention to the feeling within the movements, so you may appreciate the profound essence of Tai Chi Chuan. Learn the form step-by-step Easy to follow with front or rear angle viewing Low-impact movements; good for all fitness levels Every movement explained in detail Dr. Yang's tai chi lineage can be traced back to the Yang family through Grandmaster Kao, Tao ( ) and his teacher Yue, Huanzhi ( ), an indoor disciple of Yang, Chengfu ( ).

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This dvd is of the standard we associate with YMAA and will help beginners to get closer to their chosen art. --Google

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I have purchased and viewed several instructional videos on Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, etc. Of all the material, Yang Tai Chi for Beginners is miles above the others when it comes to detail and step by step instructions.

This is not just about learning the moves without substance. Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming is a rightful master and explains in very good english every single move, once twice, three times in different angles. Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming is obviously also a martial master and explains in detail why every move exists and how one would apply it in real life. While this is perhaps not what a beginner will be doing, it makes all the difference in understanding exactly why you turn an elbow or angle your hand or change your stance while doing a movement. This is something none of the other instructors have shown and it is probably because they have no idea what the real background even behind the simplest for of Tai Chi actually is.

This video is like night and day compared to all the others. I am a first time Tai Chi amateur and although I know nothing, I bow deeply to Master Yang for being one of the very few true experts to also reveal everything in a very pedagogic way.

If you are a beginner like me this DVD will set you on the right path from the beginning instead of just following along "teachers" who only wave arms and legs without foundation. If you are already practicing Tai Chi but feel it is empty, this is also for you.

The dvd is shot in a perfect instructional manner with 1 single camera angle all the time. Straight forward. Many other videos shift angle here and there, zoom in and zoom back and when you are learning steps and moves.. very soon you loose track of where you are. This one does it right.
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I really enjoy the explanations and extremely detailed descriptions of Dr Yang Jwing Ming. Some reviewers have said they got frustrated at the length of time needed before they could actually 'practise', but you can navigate the DVD really well, skip sections once you have acquired the notions, and view the form from the back too, which is invaluable!

Many people tell you that you can only learn from a respectable teacher, and I would agree, except that teaching is an art, and few are those who excel at it! With this DVD, it is almost as if you had a teacher in your own living room!

Some have raised an objection as to the price of the DVD: I have spent two years attending evening classes (with a teacher from a reputable school, with a franchise across London) I had to 'subscribe' to the school, buy a silly uniform, pay for each session and yet, 90% of the time, the actual demonstrations of the movements were no better than what you have on any DVD 'Monkey see, Monkey do' technique...

Plus, the current system employed by many schools (understandable, as they need to balance income generation with cost of class to individual) means that you have a large group of mixed abilities, and the teacher tends to leave the 'more advanced' students in charge of the newer recruits - again, teaching is much more than telling people 'do this, do that' and it was at times very frustrating!

What is of course missing from any DVD, even the best, is the feedback from someone who can actually see you performing the movements, but that is why Dr Yang's DVD, with extensive explanations, repeated demonstrations and mention of potential or common errors, is EXCELLENT, you understand the how, why, and when of the movements...
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I am a complete beginner and wanted a DVD that would help to improve my health and balance etc. I watched a uTube by this TaiChi master and loved it. I did my research and ultimately decided to order this Dvd despite its apparent high price.
If you are looking for an extensive explanation of each of the moves with detail as to why each move is as it is, then this is the Dvd for you. I have been frustrated that it has taken so long to get to a point where I can put into practice a very small section of the practice of Tai Chi. Perhaps I need another DVD with say a 20 minute routine that I can practice and then I can watch this one to perfect it and understand it.
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By Fran6 on 11 July 2012
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A must have dvd for tai chi beginners if you want understand all the basics of the entire long sequence : details in deep.
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+ very good and deep explainations
+ explains the meaning behind every move
+ has a sympathic Chinglish :-)

You can not benefit as a far as taking a tai chi course, because you do not have a teacher who might correct your mistakes in movement, breathing aso. But for this price ... a very big benefit. And I have seen some other teachers via video tape but Dr. Yang is more professional then the rest of them.
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I coped well with this DVD at first, but I gradually got more and more frustrated as Dr Yang Jwing-Ming constantly stops instructing you on how to do Tai Chi to tell you the martial arts use of the moves. Firstly, I don't want to do any form of martial arts, I just want to learn a Tai Chi form to strengthen my body gently. Secondly, I did feel very sorry for "Jonathan", whom he pulls and pushes around to demonstrate the martial arts moves.
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