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Chen Taijiquan—Lao Jia Yi Lu & Straight Sword

by Ren Guang-Yi

Master Ren Guang-Yi beautifully demonstrates two Chen style Taiji forms in New York's Central Park, with Music and Narration by his student, rock music legend Lou Reed.


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Release date: 
November 1, 2006
Number of discs: 
Run time: 90 min
Narration: English
Menu: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German
Average: 3.3 (26 votes)
Skill Level: 1 2 3

Change Your Energy
Master Ren Guang-Yi has worked tirelessly to bring Chen style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) to the West since 1991. In this DVD, he beautifully demonstrates two fundamental Chen-style Taiji forms: the 75-movement long form, Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame 1st Road), and the 49-movement Straight Sword form.
Captured in high-definition (HD) in New York's Central Park, each form is presented in a multiple-angle format, and showing the name of each movement. Each form is also shown in FlipperVision™, a slideshow comprised of nearly 2,000 photos by famed photographer Martin von Haselberg, so you may carefully study each of Master Ren's postures in detail.
A martial artist since the 1980's and a private student of Master Ren, artist/musician Lou Reed has experienced first-hand the health benefits and power of Master Ren's teaching, and he has done a great deal to help raise awareness of Chen Taiji worldwide, bringing Master Ren on tour to perform onstage in hundreds of shows across Europe and the US.
This program features an ambient electronic soundtrack and onscreen narration by Lou Reed.
"The music gives you energy." - Lou Reed

  • High Definition / 5.1 audio
  • Two Chen Taijiquan Forms on one DVD
  • Demonstration of Fa Jing, “emitting power”, a signature of Chen Taiji.
  • Use the ‘Angle’ button on your DVD remote for Multi-Angle DVD playback.
  • 'Rear View' of form, to follow-along as you would in class.
  • Amazing ‘FlipperVision’ photo slideshow of each of the movements in extreme detail.
  • Multi-Language Menus & Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, & Italian.

Chen Style Taijiquan is a comprehensive form of exercise that promotes fitness, coordination and relaxation which remains true to its ancient martial arts origins. Chen Taijiquan is noted for its fluid, coiled movements, punctuated with quick bursts of energy, known as ‘Fa Jing”. Regular practice promotes wellness through a series of continuous, flowing movements, while providing powerful tools for self-defense.

About the Author

Ren Guang-Yi

Ren Guang-Yi is featured in the Chen Taijiquan DVD, published by YMAA in 2006. In 1991, Mr. Ren founded the International Chen Style Taijiquan Association to promote the teaching and practice of Taijiquan, offering group and private classes in America. He is the author of several videos and publications and in 2006 worked as the martial arts choreographer on the groundbreaking Darren Aronofsky film "The Fountain". The amazing story of Ren Guang-Yi's traditional training experience and … More »