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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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- 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
- 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
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.
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.
As stated by other reviewers, other DVDs will often "cheat" by omitting parts of the form, starting slow but then speeding up, offering muddled instructions...very frustrating and futile.
This is the first DVD in which I feel as if I were participating in a class with a very patient, kind and generous instructor.
This DVD is for you if you are completely new to Taiji, if you took a class once but forgot the moves, if you have had physical difficulties because of surgeries or other types of traumatic experiences and, above all, if you need a gentle yet precise approach.
If you are very physically active, if you are confident with the basic form, or if you have access to regular classes, one of the videos by Jwing-Ming Yang may be better for you.
But as a first experience or a refresher, this DVD is as good as it gets. Highly, highly recommended. I am very grateful to Christopher Pei and to the makers of this DVD.
UPDATE: I eventually learned the short form from this DVD and I started practicing every day. It has made an immense difference in my well-being and my posture. If you persist with this one, you won't be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good presentation to help beginners learn Tai Chi! Loved the section on warm up exercises - this alone could be used and helpful regardless of doing Tai Chi. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Maureen Marek
I bought this video in conjunction with the Chris Pei's Qi Gong video and they are both excellent. I just started my routine this morning, but I'm already noticing a distinct... Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. E. Wilson
Just received this product so far so good I look forward to learning tai chi.Published 14 days ago by Renee E Gensler
I have done Tai Chi before using videos, though I am not an expert by any means. I find this video frustrating to follow. Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. M. Clark
Very close to my Yang style 32 posture form and great for practice. Very clear detailed step by step instruction.. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Carol D
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I'm 72. I walk a few miles every day. I've never liked yoga routines because I like to move while I stretch. I took Tai Chi lessons from an instructor, but became frustrated with his classes, which did not emphasize beginners. This video is very easy to follow. The instructor works very slowly,... Read More
Nov 9, 2015 by Renee Marie Hart | See all 2 posts
Hi. Yes, you can turn subtitles on and off. Also on his other video.
Apr 19, 2014 by JulGr | See all 2 posts