DVD: Wudang Taijiquan by Zhou, Xuan-Yun
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Run Time: 150min
Number of discs: 1
Narration: English & Chinese
Region Encoding: All Regions
Release Date: December 2008
Learn the Mysterious Art of Wudang Taiji
Beautiful Wudang Mountain is the world's largest Daoist center. Dating back 2,000 years, it spans 321 square kilometers with 72 peaks, dozens of architectural masterpieces, many lakes, rivers, and a forest which still sustains over 600 known medicinal herbs. Daoism is an ancient Chinese philosophy that teaches its practitioners to live a peaceful, refined life in harmony with nature. Centuries ago, Daoist philosophy, such as yin/yang theory, was adopted into the martial arts trained by the monks of the Wudang monasteries, and Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) was created.
Taijiquan, or 'Grand Ultimate Fist', combines the internal skills of yang sheng (life nourishing) with ancient fighting techniques. Practiced slowly, Taijiquan is a set of gentle, flowing movements which promotes exceptional health and well-being. Taijiquan emphasizes the development of a strong root, proper body alignment, efficient movement, and a calm and relaxed mind and body. The application of Taijiquan reveals it is an effective martial art specializing in using softness to overcome hardness, uprooting the opponent, redirecting incoming force, and striking vital points.
This program discusses the history of Wudang Taijiquan, offers a Warm Up section, and teaches the essential skill of Zhan-Zhuang, or standing meditation, which develops the Qi (energy) throughout your body. The complete 108-posture Wudang Taijiquan sequence is demonstrated, and each posture is instructed separately with martial applications. Each technique is taught and demonstrated in detail, making it easy for the viewer to learn. The ancient art of Wudang Taijiquan has much wisdom to offer beginners and experienced Tai Chi practitioners of all styles.
Features performances by senior YMAA Instructors Nicholas C. Yang and Adison Martin.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Choice of Mandarin Chinese Narration with English Subtitles, or English Narration • Interactive Catalog with Previews of All YMAA Titles
YMAA PRODUCTION • ZHOU, XUAN-YUN • WUDANG TAIJIQUAN • WRITTEN BY ZHOU, XUAN-YUN WITH JULIE BAECKER & DAVID SILVER • PERFORMED BY ZHOU, XUAN-YUN, WITH NICHOLAS C. YANG & ADISON MARTIN • EDITING & DVD AUTHORING BY OCEAN SILVER • PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID SILVER
Authentic Taijiquan, Travis Hudson (Amazon reviewer) October, 2011
This DVD does an excellent job of providing the historical, cultural, and philosophical context in which taijiquan (Tai Chi) arose. The opening segment does a great job of introducing both the art and Xuan Yun Zhou. If you're interested in meditation and it's relationship to tai chi, learning a tai chi form, or you want to know more about the martial applications of tai chi this video contains all three.Outstanding DVD!, Ms D (Amazon reviewer) January, 2009
I'm so glad that I bought this DVD! I already study Yang style and Chen style Taiji Quan, and I own my share of DVDs but I find that seeing taiji from a Daoist perspective has greatly added to my personal practice. Master Zhou's presentation of the ancient wudang form is so graceful! In addition to the form, the other parts of the program are also great. I especially enjoyed Master Zhou's introduction, which talks about taiji in the greater context of Chinese history and Daoist philosophy. Master Zhou's program also includes a moving version of Zhan Zhuang standing meditation that I'd never seen before. I've added some of the wudang methods to my daily taiji practice, and I feel better than ever!Amazing, Comprehensive Instructional DVD, Jayson Moss (Amazon reviewer) January, 2009
The Wudang YMAA Taijiquan DVD is one of the best releases ever by the YMAA. The YMAA always produces superior quality books and DVDs for martial arts both internal and external- and the Wudang Taijiquan DVD is a shining example. When I first learned that Zhou Xuan Yun of Daoistgate.com was creating a taijiquan DVD, I immediately pre-ordered a copy. When I recieved it in the mail I found that it was a personal lesson with a world-class Gongfu Taijiquan Master. Xuan Yun is simply amazing, and his instruction is absolutely phenomenal. I was especially excited about the DVD because I love Wudang Gongfu, and there is very little published educational material available about it. The instruction and demonstration is of the highest quality, and the taijiquan sequence is both comprehensive and beautiful. Anyone, whether beginner or master will immediately fall in love with this release.
As a dedicated Martial Artist, I feel very blessed to live in an era where such sacred tradition and teqhnique are freely and openly taught. Zhou Xuan Yun is a wonderful teacher, and I strongly reccomend this DVD to everyone.