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Five Animal Sports Qigong (YMAA chi kung) DVD (2008)

Dr. Yang , Jwing-Ming , David Silver  |  Unrated |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Kathy Yang
  • Directors: David Silver
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: YMAA Publication Center
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018OZFOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,448 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Man of the Year 2007 --Inside Kung Fu magazine

One of America's most sought-after instructors of Qigong. --Omega Center

Product Description

Learn the correspondence between the internal organs and Five Elements theory during an introductory discussion of Five Elements Theory by Kathy K. Yang. Experience a private lesson with one of the world's foremost masters of qigong as Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming offers detailed instruction, starting with a brief stretching and warming up section. - 180 min

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I've been waiting literally for years for this disc to come out! I was very pleased with the outcome of all of Dr. Yang's efforts. The disc is well produced, with almost too much information, if that's even possible!? This is what has been missing from all other videos in the world teaching this very ancient form of Qi Gong...... proper instruction! Dr. Yang imparts quite a lot of detailed information on relaxation, mood, beathing, and even a large section taught by one of his students on the relationship of the 5 Animals to the 5 Elements in Chinese medical theory and which organs they affect. The 5 sounds for the 5 organs are introduced as well. It's absolutely a wonderful disc if for only the information alone! The disc is well over two hours long, so the instruction is more than enough.

However, on the down side, this particular version of Hua Tuo's exercise is not for the absolute beginner. It is one of the most physical versions of this Qi Gong. Without some background in some form of martial art, or at least Tai Ji Quan, I think it might be difficult for a beginner to grasp the physical movements without a lot of effort. This style is very martial in character.

The other major drawback with this version of the 5 Animal Play is that it does require a fair amount of space in order to perform it. So plan on doing one repetition of each move each way in your small kitchen or living room. Luckily this disc came out in the spring so that you can learn the whole form outside, then alter it for the winter months to make it more do-able indoors if you have a small living space like I do.

To sum things up, I couldn't recommend this disc enough! Dr. Yang's teaching style is very warm and personal. After just one viewing you will know so much about Qi Gong and Chinese medicine that you'll be the center of attention at your next party! Just be sure to dress as your favorite animal....the monkey maybe?
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT QIGONG ROUTINES June 24, 2008
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This DVD covers the 5 Animal Sports Qigong set that displays the movements and spirit of the Tiger, Bear, Monkey, Deer and Bird. Master Yang's daughter Kathy Yang helps to perform the set with her father. These five routines are far from short and simple. They are complex and long. Each of them in their own right would be a wonderful Qigong routine.

One of the important aspects of doing Qigong, Taijiquan and many other internal martial arts is intent. Without intent the moves become empty in meaning and lack focus, balance, rooting and power. These Qigong routines display the characteristics and spirit of the five animals, which brings life to these routines.

The DVD starts with a lecture by Master Yang on the history of the Five Animal Sports Qigong set. This is followed by discussions of the healing sounds, and their relationship to the Five Elements.

The five animals have their own sound in these routines and are linked to the five yin organs, the liver, kidney, spleen, heart and lungs. Emotions and their link and effect on the organs is explained.

These sounds are not some imaginary creation. Master Yang provides concrete examples of how we use these sounds in everyday life. The panting a runner does after a long run is similar to the sound He, which is related to the heart and to the monkey. The He sound is used to release the fire of the heart.

Master Yang has always had a wonderful ability to relate the movements and postures he is teaching to real life actions that people do on a daily basis. This allows the student to immediately grasp the concepts by relating things they are already familiar with to the new routines and skills.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The "Five Animal Sports" is based on the movements of five animals: the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and bird. Master Qigong instructor Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming encourages an open minded, fun, and at times humorous approach to this ancient qigong exercise.

Starting with a stretching and warming up sequence, Dr. Yang personally explains and demonstrates each sequence with step by step instruction. Both front and helpful side views of each movement are presented to help learners. During the demonstrations, Dr. Yang indicates which internal organs are being stimulated and the associated healing sound (breath sound) for maximum health benefit. Each sequence is further demonstrated by a group of Dr. Yang's students, sequence by sequence, and as a complete form at the end of the DVD.

The intellectually inclined will not be disappointed with Dr. Yang's program. Included are sections on the history of the Five Animal Sports, an explanation of the Five Healing Sounds and a short lecture on the Five Elements theory by Kathy Yang. Included with the DVD is a helpful insert with a chart and diagram summarizing Five Elements theory.

I should mention here that the Five Animal Sports is fairly long (5 animals = 25 sequences), and does require space to perform. Anyone practicing in a small area will have to limit repetitions and improvise. Also - The Five Animal Sports DVD skill level is rated at level "I" and "II" and some of the postures may initially be difficult for beginners, although Dr. Yang does a very good job at demonstrating the movements for learners.

With that said - anyone seriously interested in learning and practicing an ancient qigong set to increase strength, improve heath and promote longevity will greatly benefit from, and enjoy "Five Animal Sports Qigong". Personally, I am very pleased with this program and I highly recommend it. Have fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Earl Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Purchase
I would recommend this DVD to anyone. I have gotten many hours of use and education from this DVD. Highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Douglas Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
it met my expectations completely. Very good teaching of the 5 animals, though my master Xu Li practices the animals a little differently.
Published 7 months ago by Constanze Baier
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
After watching only parts of this dvd, I thought I should receive some college credits!! At first, I hesitated to get it because of the price. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars great reference video
This is a great reference video and re-enforces what my instructor teaches. If you're looking for confirmation in your Yang Style training, this is it!!
Published 9 months ago by Douglas P. Slaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient experience
Ancient exercises, just go for it guys. Believe and investigate, then you'll try and experiment like a scientist. Love it.
Published 10 months ago by Erik
5.0 out of 5 stars Another crowd pleaser!
It would be superfluous for me to wax lyrical about the sheer quality of both the content and the production of this DVD - all the existing reviews have covered this perfectly... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eliza Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Animal Sports Qigong
This is an exeunt video for getting a base knowledge on the five Animals. I like how they explain all the aspects at the beginning. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Til Jai
5.0 out of 5 stars An In-Depth Overview of Five Animal Qi Gong
When it comes to Qi Gong, Dr. Yang Jwing Ming is never one to disappoint, and this DVD is no exception. Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by Demitri Pevzner
5.0 out of 5 stars Best at its best!!!
I honestly have few words to use to evaluate and review this DVD: it's absolutely awesome!!!!

A lot of other reviewers have done a wonderful job in describing quite well... Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by Stanislao Esposito
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