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BodyWisdom Media: Tai Chi for Beginners (2010)

Chris Pei , Michael Wohl  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Pei
  • Directors: Michael Wohl
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: bodywisdom media
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPBRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS is the perfect way to explore and experience the numerous benefits of Tai Chi, no matter what shape you are in. This ancient, physical & meditative practice of the Yang style 24 posture form is designed to build strength, improve health & flexibility, reduce stress, increase energy flow, promote health & wellness and relax your mind. These 8 easy-to-follow lessons teach the Tai Chi postures with clear, step-by-step instructions. The routines are low-impact with modifications taught for less-flexible people. World-renowned Tai Chi master Chris Pei leads you through customized lessons ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. This safe and effective program is suitable for every body, all ages and schedules.
DVD HIGHLIGHTS: - 8 customized lessons to learn the Yang style Tai Chi 24 form
. - Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.
- Exclusive Interview with the instructor.
- Modifications of poses for less-flexible people.
- Routines from 10 - 30 minutes
- Over 3.5 hours of instruction

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466 of 471 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the low price fool you - it's worth more! October 10, 2011
By Nichol
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I have tried other beginner tai chi DVD's, most costing much more than this one, but this is easily the best to learn true Yang short form (24 moves) tai chi. I am buying his companion DVD on Qi Gong today.

Pros:
- camera angles change throughout each lesson to clearly show important details from front, sides, and rear
- in each of the 8 lessons, 3 moves are taught slowly and repeatedly without rushing
- instructor points out minor but important details, and also the things that beginners often do wrong
- good video and sound quality - the instructor is easily heard over the soft music
- includes a separate warmup routine, and shows all 24 moves from beginning to end so you can do it with him after learning them all
- simple menu navigation
- optional subtitles

Cons:
- like on any tai chi DVD, at times you will need to deal with the "mirror image problem", but the changing camera angles minimize this.
- some people will be frustrated by the slow-paced lessons, but this is necessary to learn the proper details of the moves
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227 of 229 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, easily paced Tai Chi instruction September 7, 2011
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I've enjoyed this DVD a good deal so far (been at it for a week or so)

Mr. Pei does a very good job breaking down each pose slowly and methodically. There are 8 different sections, each one describing 1 or 2 poses, with the last session combining all of them into a singular routine.

Previously this year, I've completed a rotation of P90X: Tony Horton's 90-Day Extreme Home Fitness Workout DVD Program
I've been looking for something slightly less rigorous to work on- to focus more on balance, tensile strength and breathing. I was very surprised when my core and back were a little bit sore after day 2 of Tai Chi, so there is a very subtle workout, even for someone in decent shape used to strenuous workouts.

It's very enjoyable and relaxing, I highly recommend this.
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130 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi For Beginners Chris Pei August 30, 2011
By JReed
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I've been interested in taking Tai Chi classes for quite a while. After attending a class I thought it was boring and hard to follow. But I still wanted to learn because of the health benefits. I'm so glad I found this DVD. I'm learning Tai Chi at a nice pace and it's far from boring.
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195 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi July 9, 2011
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So far I have been very pleased with this video.

The moves are broken down in manageable lessons in the amount that is being taught with each one. He breaks each move down, then progresses with very good tips and pointers to keep in mind then runs through the moves fully.

Clearly marked and easy to work with.
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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD for Tai Chi Beginners!!! January 4, 2012
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I have taken 2 Tai Chi classes in the last few years, and have dropped them both due to unsatisfactory instructors. Chris Pei is very helpful with each step; he is very slow and easy to follow, and he also points out common mistakes that people tend to make. The multiple camera angles allow you to see the moves from all sides, which is a HUGE help (and an issue that not all Tai Chi home videos address). Watching an instructor perform moves that you have to repeat in the "reverse" can be more than a little frustrating. The instructor's voice is very calming (with some benign new age music playing in the background), and he also gives a wonderful little warm-up in the beginning. He seems genuinely concerned that the learner practices Tai Chi correctly from the beginning. I would definitely recommend this DVD to anyone interested in trying out Tai Chi at home. (Oh, and, as usual, Amazon's shipping was lighting-fast.)
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi November 7, 2011
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Chris Pei presents hours of instruction on the 24 part form of Tai Chi. The final workout itself is about 15 minutes straight through, but he breaks everything down in a series of 8 lessons.

The lessons range from 20 to 30 minutes or so and he teaches you a few of the parts.

First he is presents the material, then reviews it and points out things to note, then continues on increasing the speed/smoothness of the parts.

The video also makes sure to show all angles as you work through the moves so you can really see what is going on.

I have used it for a few weeks now and really enjoying how I feel doing this.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner! January 20, 2012
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I had no experience with any form of Tai Chi. Tried taking a class, but in my one and only session, I couldn't coordinate the moves that were required of the arms, legs, hands all at the same time. Realized that I needed more repetive sessions in order to be able to grasp it. In class, it just moved to fast and the moves made me go off balance. Never have used any exercise that was like this. I was so grateful for this DVD as they go over each move over and over again and again. It helped me take my time to get my head around such moves. Recommend very highly for beginners and people in their 60's. Good teacher and put together well. Order arrived quickly. Am happy!
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
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I'm sorry to say that this video is a disappointment. The instructor gives you instructions, but since he is facing you and not reversing the moves, you can't mirror him, but have to continually figure out what foot and arm to use. I am not a newcomer to tai chi, and could sort of figure out what to do from memory, but this video does not help you remember or improve the moves.

consumers -- you need to find a video where you can easily follow along, so look for a instructor who either mirrors the moves or who turns his back to you, so you can see what foot and arm to use.
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