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Tai Chi - The 24 Forms DVD (1999)

Dr. Paul Lam , Dr. Paul Lam  |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Dr. Paul Lam
  • Directors: Dr. Paul Lam
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: East Acton Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00124YO8W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The other day I was at the library and saw your video on the shelf... I was impressed with your presentation and the ease of following along. It is clearly one of the best Tai Chi instructional videos I have seen. --Allan J. Glazer, DPM USA

Product Description

Learn the world's most popular forms in an easy to follow instructional video. Based on Yang Style, it is suitable for people of almost any level of physical fitness and age. It includes: Step-by-step, easy to follow instructions of the complete 24 Forms Additional 6 Qigong exercises - especially beneficial for mental relaxation 7 Single Movements - to make learning the 24 Forms easier All movements demonstrated from the front and back and in close up views Demonstration of the complete set from the front and the back views by Dr Paul Lam

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325 of 336 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Lam-- professional, standard Yang short form November 29, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Dr. Lam and some of his assistants in this DVD have won medals in China in Tai Chi competition. This reflects their standardness and conformity to the Yang style. If you want the standard stuff, and are not willing to settle for watered-down, careless, or altered versions, this is it. This will show you the Yang Short Form as true to its original developers. I have not had any instruction in karate or any martial art, but was able to follow the individual form presentations fine without having to go to the final demonstration.
I believe that much thought and care was put into the development of the forms to the end of maximizing the benefits to the flow of Chi in different parts of the body, with the attendant health benefits. Departing from or altering the forms could cut across the gains to be had from this. So I say be as standard as possible to reap the full benefits of Tai Chi.
I looked at several other Tai Chi DVDs. Some of them were at a lower level than the Yang Short Form. One of them was at a higher level-- showing 48 forms. The Yang Short Form was developed with the idea of having a set of forms that pretty much the whole population of China could do on a daily basis. The intention was to cut down on health care costs by promoting the preventative health care benefits of Tai Chi. So they needed high participation, and they couldn't make it difficult to learn. They also couldn't have it take much time. It takes only 4 - 6 minutes. Leading practitioners of Tai Chi were given the job of sifting through the larger body of Tai Chi forms and practices to come up with a set of exercise forms that would maximize health benefits in a short period of time. I respect the product of this work, and wanted to stay as close to it as possible.
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Companion to Physical Instruction May 18, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My wife and I enrolled in a Tai Chi class in the local area. The class has been great but sometimes it is difficult to see the complete move demonstrated by the instructor as his back is usually toward us.

In this video, Dr. Lam presents each of the 24 forms, also known as the "short form" in great detail. He uses students to demonstrate each movement while he describes the positions. He also demonstrates the entire form with a front view and a back view. This way, the student can see each evolution of movement.

With so many versions of Tai Chi out there, I'll share the names of the movements here to assist you. I know I had to go through several videos to find the one that most closely resembled the style my wife and I are learning!

24 Form:

Beginning

Parting the Wild Horse's Mane (3 times)

White Crane Spreads its Wings

Brush Knee and Side Step (3 times)

Play the Lute

Step Back and Repulse Monkey (4 times)

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail - left

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail - right

Single Whip

Wave Hands Like Clouds (3 times)

Single Whip

High Pat on Horse

Kick With Right Heel

Strike Ears With Fists

Kick With Left Heel

Snake Creeps Down (left) and Golden Cockerel Stands on right leg

Snake Creeps Down (right) and Golden Cockerel on Right Leg

Fair Lady Weaves the Shuttle (right and left)

Needle at the Bottom of the Sea

Fan through Back

Deflect Downwards, Parry and Punch

Apparent Close Up

Cross Hands

Closing Form

Even if you aren't in a structured class, this video will be most helpful.
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167 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent video for learning Tai Chi November 17, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This video does an excellent job of presenting the 24 forms of this style of Tai Chi. Each form is demonstrated one at a time and at different angles to help the student learn each form. Great video for the beginner or a supplement for a present student of Tai Chi. I highly recommend this video.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a reference, not for beginners July 4, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I consider myself something of an expert at learning tai chi from videos (not, mind you, an expert on tai chi itself). My efforts to do so span several years and four videos.

I found this video very helpful, because it includes at the end a demonstration of the entire form shot from the back. And it's certainly inspiring to watch Dr. Lam doing the form. I also found the instructional part of the video helpful, because Dr. Lam gives very precise instructions on hand and foot placement, and he also uses clock positions to orient you in terms of which way to face, which is very helpful, because sometimes this is not entirely clear from watching videos.

The reason I took off two stars is because this video shares the same problem as most tai chi videos, in which the teacher demonstrates the movements while facing the camera. This one factor makes the video completely useless for beginners. The problem is that as you face your TV screen, and you see the instructor facing you, he moves his hand out to his left, but the only way you can follow him is to treat the TV image like a mirror image, so you move your hand to your right, because his left is your right. In an actual tai chi class, you stand behind the instructor so that it's easy to follow his movements.

Thus, if you use a video that has this problem, you will end up performing the entire form backwards, i.e. moving left when you should be moving right and vice versa (this is indeed how I first learned tai chi). The Yang Short Form is not ambidextrous; it goes in specific directions. The world won't come to an end if you do the whole form backwards, but if you ever find yourself with a group of people doing tai chi, you will have to learn it all over again, this time in the correct direction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok.
I love Tai Chi, but this video is a little bit confusing. It's not very high quality picture and it's not explained all that well. I don't suggest this video for beginners.
Published 13 months ago by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars It was well done.
It is very well done. It is surprising how relaxing some of the positions are when you are asked to hold them. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Thom J 3
5.0 out of 5 stars ok
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enough, I hate to have to review everything in life.
Published 19 months ago by Viet Nam Vet Photographer
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
I have no idea what the quality of this DVD was or the how good the content is as I gave it as a present.
Published 20 months ago by Peter Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful, especially for the beginner
I'm taking a beginning tai chi class. Sometimes in a group you can't see everything that is going on. This has been so helpful in showing the basic moves. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Harper
3.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi, The 24 Forms, purchased through Amazon.com
I am glad to have this DVD. I have studied Tai Chi for one year, and have enjoyed it immensely. I was asked to lead the "24 Forms" at the end of June, and had no idea of leading... Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Judith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program for seniors
I learned the long form of Tai Chi as a teenager over 40 years ago. I was trying to find a program that was easy to learn for seniors. This hit the spot. Read more
Published on May 22, 2011 by Leslie M. Gaiter
4.0 out of 5 stars good addition to Tai Chi class
I ordered this hoping to find a DVD to help me practice between weekly Tai Chi classes. This detailed DVD works well for my needs.
Published on April 10, 2011 by Carol Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Detailed
I have found Dr. Lam's videos to be very helpful. I am taking a Tai Chi class that meets only once a week and for me that is not enough to make the kind of progress I was looking... Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by JW
4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD
I give this video high marks, but some improvements are definitely needed. Unlike Tai Chi for beginners this DVD does not contain movements from both the front and the back when... Read more
Published on March 2, 2011 by Michael Smith
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