DVD: Yang Tai Chi for Beginners by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
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Run Time: 293min
Number of discs: 1
Region Encoding: All Regions
Release Date: FEBRUARY 2012
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 (高濤) and his teacher Yue, Huanzhi (樂奐之), an indoor disciple of Yang, Chengfu (楊澄甫).
"The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi" says: "regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind."
YMAA PRODUCTION • DR. YANG, JWING-MING "YANG TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS" • PERFORMED BY DR. YANG, JWING-MING, WITH JONATHAN CHANG • DVD PRODUCTION BY YMAA • EDITING AND DVD AUTHORING BY OCEAN SILVER • PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID SILVERDownload the Yang Tai Chi Form List of Movements (PDF)
Tremendous Resources for Beginners and Longtime Martial Artists, Adam Bockler (Amazon reviewer) March, 2012
Any martial artist interested in the Chinese martial arts should get their hands on Yang Tai Chi for Beginners.Excellence As Described by Webster's Dictionary: Anything Dr. Yang Puts On Film, Shawn Kovacich (Amazon reviewer) February, 2011
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming takes the viewer through each step of the tai chi chuan form for Yang style. Each step is clearly labeled with English, Chinese, and the Chinese ideograms. At each new movement, he explains both the structure and the application and shows each from different angles.
Dr. Yang sprinkles in bits of tai chi history and philosophy throughout the nearly five-hour-long DVD. He explains why his style does what it does, and he explains that other styles have their own ways. Instead of discriminating against other styles, he acknowledges that they exist, doesn't say whether one is better than another, and encourages the viewer to follow what his instructor teaches.
I've only purchased a handful of instructional DVDs. The ones I run across seem to always have poor production quality and lack easy navigation. YMAA, however, comes through in both respects.
Just like ALL of the videos offered by YMAA, this video is exceptionally well done and at a running time of 293 minutes, yes you read that right, 293 minutes or just shy of 5 hours of quality information provided by Dr. Yang. I mean really, would you ever expect anything less!
Dr. Yang breaks down each and every move in this tai chi long form as he explains their individual martial arts application, as well as the various health benefits associated with their practice. Like all exceptional martial arts instructors, be it tai chi, karate, taekwondo, or any other martial art, Dr. Yang not only instructs the student in how to correctly execute each individual move, but he also provides instruction on how not to practice the move by showing some of the more common mistakes made by students when learning and practicing the individual techniques. Another really nice feature is that each stage of the form is filmed from a variety of angles in order to better teach the techniques to the viewer. Very nice!
As with all of Dr. Yang's videos, I highly recommend this video for anyone interested in its particular subject matter.