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About the Instructor Samuel Barnes, founder of Tai Chi Works studio in Beverly Hills, is a master teacher with over 20 years of Tai Chi Chuan teaching experience. Samuel’s instruction easily and gracefully infuses the principles of Tai Chi into students’ lifestyle allowing them to immediately experience the rejuvenating benefits of this peaceful art.
Top Customer Reviews
I found this DVD to be an absolute wealth of information. The instructor sure manages to talk about absolutely everything, so you have no problems understanding where your feet are supposed to be, or where your weight is, or what each posture is supposed to be representing. It was really quite useful, and while he covers a lot of material very quickly, even in the introductory section while we're learning the postures, I managed to remember a lot of it, and it did seem natural after only a few practice sessions.
My problems with this DVD are minimal. First, I would like him to go a little slower in the Qi Gong section. While I know that everyone is different and will move at their own pace, he says to time your movements to the inhale and exhale of your breath, and to use your full lung capacity with each movement, and yet, I was halfway through one inhale/exhale combination when he was done with his second, so I was kind of left behind at a few points. Maybe I just have exceptional lung capacity, but as an ex-smoker, I kind of doubt this.
Another problem that I found was that I don't think that the flow gives equal attention to both right and left legs, as I found my right side to be harder worked than the left. A reverse flow might also have been helpful, but perhaps there is a good reason this is not included. According to instruction, each direction of movement is supposed to have specific metaphysical benefits.
I noticed right away that as another reviewer noted, he teaches you in "mirror" style, which was confusing to follow at times but not hard to figure out after a few rounds. I liked the step-by-step manner in which he taught, and the soothing music and scenery. A we progressed through the forms, I noticed that some of the movements I thought of when I thought of Tai Chi were not present in this DVD. After researching I discovered that there is no "one" style of Tai Chi, there are many schools and styles, and what I was probably thinking of was the 24-form "Beijing" style. So I was a little disappointed that this was not the 24-form Tai Chi I was hoping, but rather a 13-form style that I couldn't identify from watching Tai Chi videos on the internet, so I'm not sure where these forms he uses come from. He doesn't give any history or background to his style so it's a mystery to me.
Lastly, the Qi Gong section was just a little too new-agey for me. I wanted to learn Tai Chi for better balance and concentration and to improve my fitness routine. If that's what you are looking for too then I would try another Tai Chi DVD from a different instructor.
This is an encouraging and easy-to-follow instructional DVD. Mr. Barnes has a wonderful manner of gradually walking you through each movement so that the beginning student can master it and continue to build on that rather than quit too soon out of a feeling of exasperation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently received this DVD and found it very interesting. As a beginner, what Barnes teaches is really good for me. I'm enjoying it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Anthony
Excellent video. I love this guy. He's not someone with movie star looks or a flashy personality, but he is easy to follow and I feel great after doing the Tai Chi movements. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Angela Birkhead-Flight
Did I get the discounted price? The original price was quoted on the vshipping order. I am a little dismayed. Could you check this? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bobbie
Has eradicated my back pain and Am much more flexible now; at my age, next Fifty Shades of Old.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer