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Tai Chi For Health Yang Long Form (2004)

Terence Dunn , Terence Dunn  |  G |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Terence Dunn
  • Directors: Terence Dunn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Interarts Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 1990
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B1KLKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful: ***** Excellent instruction video of this invigorating exercise, July 15, 2001 Reviewer: Ian Vance (pagosa springs CO.) There are a couple mistakes in regards to left-right positioning (which are quickly rectified through continual practice) and the whole mirror-movement is challenging at first. But for someone serious about learning the basics of Tai Chi Ch uan, you really cannot go wrong here. You just need three things: enough space to practice (10 by 10 is optimum), enthusiasm, and patience. Tai Chi Ch uan, translated as supreme ultimate boxing , is an ancient Chinese exercise designed to maintain flexibility, increase mental awareness, and cultivate Chi , i.e. life force. Practice of this martial art strengthens the muscles of the entire body, limbers the joints, teaches one correct posture, balance and breathing, and gives the practitioner a calm natural high far more subtle and rewarding than the usual methods (caffeine, sugar, alcohol). There are three ways to learn the art: through a certified instructor (the best), off a video such as this (also recommended), or from a book (not recommended at all). And among the video selection, Terry Dunn s T ai Chi for Health is among the very best. The video begins with Terry practicing the Yang Long Form at dawn on a beach while a relaxed angle-American voice explains the basic concepts of Taoist philosophy and extols the benefits of long-term Tai Chi practice. Very classy. The meat of the video is in three sections: 1) the basic postures and warm-up stretches (30 minutes), 2) instruction of the 108 Yang Long Form movements (60 minutes), 3) additional exercises (15 minutes). A long conclusion showpiece has Terry practicing the entire form in a dimly lit studio. The production and presentation of this video are top-notch. Terry Dunn is a calm and graceful teacher with a mellow, easy-on-the-ears voice; the atmospheric music by Vangelis compliments the forms very well. The philosophical concepts are presented in an understandable way for those not acquainted with Eastern thought. Though there are a few neglected areas, including the history of Tai Chi s development and its sword forms, for those interested in increasing their health in a graceful, gentle way, I highly recommend this tape. I ve been using it for five years and am fully satisfied with the results. 40 of 41 people found the following review helpful: ***** Can there be a better Video on T ai Chi Chuan than this one?, September 9, 1999 Reviewer: JESUISJR@AOL.COM (Bronx,NY) About fifteen years ago, I bought a book on T ai Chi at a Flea Market for $1.00 and threw it in with my collection ,promising myself that I would read it sooner or later. Five years ago I began,finally, to scan through it and I decided, for supplemental assistance, to purchase a T ai Chi for Health video tape that demonstrated 20 forms which I practiced daily for about two years until I felt that I was ready to advance. I then began to read the book which showed 108 forms and I was forewarned that it would take a considerable amount of time to learn the movements. So, using visual imagery and practicing with focused determination, I was able to work up to #108 after months and months and months of studying the book. I am aware that one is advised to work with a trained instructor in order to derive the maximum benefits from T ai Chi but I did not want to allow the lack of an instructor to deter my motivation. Recently,I purchased the video tape, T ai Chi for Health: Yang Long Form (By Terence Dunn) and after sitting and watching it for two hours, I felt that I was there with him being instructed one-on-one. I felt that Mr. Dunn s --Reviews by Ian Vance (Pagosa Springs, CO) and Jesuis, Jr. (Bronx, NY) submitted to amazon dot com

***** May 9, 2009 This review is from: Tai Chi for Health: Yang Long Form (DVD) Hello. I gave this DVD a 5, and I think it s well deserved. I have been studying Tai Chi for a very short time in Denver with a few wonderful instructors, [...] but still need extra help. This video fills the gap perfectly by showing, step by step with an unprecedented clarity, each and every move, one move at a time. The Tai Chi form is set up to play each move over and over again until the viewer presses the Play button on the DVD remote. I selfishly thought the video was made just for me, because I have admittedly been having a very hard time recalling the sequences at home while practicing on my own : I need to see the moves over and over again otherwise I ll never recall them outside of my class. This DVD is the ticket for me, I have no doubt that I ll learn the Long From as good as anyone thanks to this fine DVD. And, I love the simple settings, and the warm up drills. I could not have found a better DVD to learn Tai Chi from. Many thanks to Mr. Dunn ! Sincerely, James Denver CO Tai Chi for Health; Yang Long Form - ***** Excellent!, April 13, 2009 By Joan Cooper Terry Dunn does an outstanding job of teaching Tai Chi. I have practiced with Terry Dunn s Tai Chi videos for many years now, after having first taken several Tai Chi classes under the direction of the great Master Abraham Liu. Terry s verbal instructions are so easy to understand and his graceful movements so easy to follow. I would highly recommend Terry Dunn s excellent Tai Chi videos to anyone who not only desires to learn Tai Chi but to also continue to practice this great and beautiful art throughout the coming years. Joan *****Really useful, February 14, 2008 By Lanier Cordell "Author, Equinomics: The Secre... (Baton Rouge) - See all my reviews I bought this to help me with a T'ai Chi class I have been taking. The warm up will really get you warmed up. It is great. The on screen instructor, Terence Dunn does a terrific job of breaking each step down into easily understandable parts. I realize that the creators of all exercise videos have a thing about the instructor facing the audience. The only problem is it is much easier to learn if the instructor is facing away from you and moving the same parts in the same direction. Then you don't have to turn thigns around in your mind while trying to figure out where your arms and legs need to go. Other than that one small problem, the fact that each step repeats automatically until you hit the play button to advance it is a great help, allowing you as many repetitions as necessary for you to fully understand the movement. The only real problem I have is that I take a class in Yang long form, and this video has subtle differences in movements and sequence that may cause me to do the wrong thing during class. Of course I manage to do that anyway, so I can't really fault the video. All things considered I think it was a good purchase and I have already recommended it to many friends. 31 of 32 people found the following review helpful: ***** Excellent video of the Yang Long Form, November 10, 2005 Reviewer: Chris J. Hudson Chris Hudson (San Antonio, TX, United States) - See all my reviews I have seen quite a few Tai Chi DVD s and this one is probably one of the best. There are plenty of videos of the so-called Yang short form (I prefer not to call it Yang, but instead the Beijing 24 form ), but not many good videos of the Yang Long Form. This one is worth buying. The production quality of the video is very good and the descriptions are clear. You can repeat individual sections, which is helpful. Even though the title of the DVD includes the words Tai Chi for Health , t --reviews by James Denver, Joan Cooper, Lanell Cordell, and Chris J. Hudson submitted to amazon dot com

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful: ***** may be the last Tai Chi video you will need for a long time, August 29, 2000 Reviewer: shofar (Kissimmee, Florida) - This was about the third Tai Chi video that I had purchased and it may be the last one I will need for a long while. Although a lot of folks are into Tai Chi as a martial art or for health reasons, I really got interested in it first for its beauty. Somewhere in my varied background is a little Chinese and I wanted to find some way to feel closer to my Chinese roots, so I guess I was really looking for some kind of Chinese art form. I had always favored the Chinese martial arts over the Japanese and Korean ones (sorry, I know I m stepping on somebody s toes) because they looked so much more fluid and not as choppy. And of course, more artistic looking. After having learned the first sequence of the Yang style long form from another video, I changed all of the postures to look more like the ones Terrence Dunn demonstrates in this video. The moves are very rounded out and circular, and to me appear more artistic, which is what I wanted to achieve. A while back, I met a guy at work from China who practiced the Yang style long form every morning. I showed him a few of my postures and he said that they looked perfect. Well, he was probably just being courteous, but if someone of his caliber did not immediately notice something was wrong, I guess the tape can t be all that bad. Wonderful demonstrations. I gladly recommend it. 8 of 9 people found the following review helpful: ***** Excellent, May 24, 2007 By Christopher J - When it comes to martial arts and Tai Chi, good quality instructional books and films are very hard to come by, which is one of the reasons I m so pleased with my purchase. I was particularly impressed with the details and depth that Terence Dunn covered - I m used to seeing martial arts videos where you are just told how to do a particular technique in a very superficial, sometimes off-handed fashion. Having said that, I always find it difficult learning a form from the TV, but the basics he covers are great Tai Chi fundamentals. They are a little different from Tai Chi basics I have learned from other masters in the past, but that s always the case with martial arts anyway. What makes it interesting is contrasting the similarities with the differences, and your own style becomes richer for the experience. 9 of 10 people found the following review helpful: ***** Energy, flexibility and balance, February 5, 2000 Reviewer: A viewer This tape was my first experience with Tai Chi, and I was truly amazed that within 48 hours I noticed a difference in breathing, posture and comfort - no more stiff backs in the morning. Terrence Dunn is an excellent teacher, soothing and smooth, but clear in all his instructions. It is easy to get confused by the right/left instructions - if you are facing the TV, you must always move in the opposite direction and that is hard at first. I highly recommend this video, but be careful if you are not in shape - the warm-up alone is enough for the first few sessions. 32 of 33 people found the following review helpful: *****Excellent Video, February 14, 2005 By Master P (Connecticut) - This is the best Tai Chi video on the market. I ve been studying martial arts for 16 years and this is the 1st Tai Chi video that i have seen that teaches the correct form move for move. Excellent video for learning this form. ***** Dont leave me YANGin , February 3, 2000 Reviewer: spencerbaker1970 (Athens, GA, USA) - GREAT video. It s tough having to face away from the TV to parallel what Terence is doing, but even the warm-up is fantastic for building leg strength and helping beginner to learn to shift weight and rotate waist in one movement. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! --5 happy customers' reviews sent to amazon dot com

Product Description

Terry Dunn's Tai Chi for Health Yang Long Form DVD provides 125 minutes of detailed, comprehensive instruction in perhaps the most popular Tai Chi routines practiced today: the classical 108-posture Yang family Long Form created six generations ago in the 19th century grandmaster Yang Lu Chang. The Yang family Long Form requires approximately 20 minutes to perform once learned, and is a most healthful moving meditation that integrates body and mind while teaching perfect natural movement in executing Tai Chi s martial art techniques. Three times longer than the Yang Short Form, the Long Form consists of a wide repertoire of continuously flowing martial techniques palms, punches, kicks, throws, splits, locks, sophisticated counters and defensive maneuvers each with a poetic classical Chinese name ( White Crane Spreads Wings , Grasp the Sparrow's Tail. Carry Tiger to Mountain ) and all based on the Tai Chi concepts of roll-back, neutralize, push and press. For centuries, Tai Chi players have universally found that practicing two rounds of the Long Form effects a tangible increase of the body's internal energy (chi), accompanied by mental clarity and a pleasant rejuvenating glow of warmth and vitality through every cell of the body. Long Form practice on a daily basis ensures supreme good health and high energy levels. This comprehensive DVD program features: 1. Historical and Philosophical introduction to Tai Chi Chuan. (5 minutes) 2. Warm-up Exercises: breathing, basic t'ai chi postures (wu chi or Universal Post , the cat stance or sit-stance, and the bow stance) and the powerful Circling Exercise (aka Wave Hands Like Clouds in bow stance) which introduces the viewer to the five cardinal principles of Tai Chi Chuan. (40 minutes) 3. Step-by-step instruction in the 108-posture Yang Long Form (60 minutes) 4. Advanced Long Form Training Exercises. (8 minutes) 5. Demonstration Flow of entire Long Form by Terry Dunn (14 minutes). The current DVD edition of Tai Chi for Health, Yang Long Form features most a user-friendly and convenient media presentation of Terry Dunn s instruction by way of the Select Lessons mode, by which the viewer can select any posture or exercise in the Yang Long Form choreography and that section is played continuously in a loop until one presses the NEXT button--thus affording convenient, hands-free repetitive Form practice. The Long Form DVD is one of the most popular instructional Tai Chi videos on the market second only to Dunn s Tai Chi for Health Short Form DVD. From 1998 to 2004, the two Tai Chi for Health DVD s by Terry Dunn accounted for 35% of every DVD program sold in America with the word Chi in its title (Long Form accounting for 16%; Short Form accounting for 19%). With more than 9 million sold since their release in 1990, Terry Dunn s Tai Chi for Health program have done more to popularize Tai Chi practice in the West than any other media publication.

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155 of 160 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
[....] There are a couple mistakes in regards to left-right positioning (which are quickly rectified through continual practice) and the whole ‘mirror-movement’ is challenging—-at first. But for someone serious about learning the basics of Tai Chi Ch’uan, you really cannot go wrong here. You just need three things: enough space to practice (10’ by ’10 is optimum), enthusiasm, and patience.
Tai Chi Ch’uan, translated as ‘supreme ultimate boxing’, is an ancient Chinese exercise designed to maintain flexibility, increase mental awareness, and cultivate ‘Chi’, i.e. lifeforce. Practice of this martial art strengthens the muscles of the entire body, limbers the joints, teaches one correct posture, balance and breathing, and gives the practitioner a calm ‘natural high’ far more subtle and rewarding than the usual methods (caffeine, sugar, alcohol). There are three ways to learn the art: through a certified instructor (the best), off a video such as this (also recommended), or from a book (not recommended at all). And among the video selection, Terry Dunn’s T’ai Chi for Health is among the very best.
The video begins with Terry practicing the Yang Long Form at dawn on a beach while a relaxed angle-American voice explains the basic concepts of Taoist philosophy and extols the benefits of long-term Tai Chi practice. Very classy. The meat of the video is in three sections: 1) the basic postures and warm-up stretches (30 minutes), 2) instruction of the 108 Yang Long Form movements (60 minutes), 3) additional exercises (15 minutes). A long conclusion showpiece has Terry practicing the entire form in a dimly lit studio.
The production and presentation of this video are top-notch.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD is not a new production August 11, 2005
Format:DVD
If you already own the VHS, you may be wondering whether this is a new production, especially since the cover photo appears to be a 40-year-old Dunn. Wouldn't you like to see the results of some 20 years of practice? Imagine, too, all the ideas Dunn must have had over the years of what he could have done better on the video. Well, sorry, it's the same production as on the VHS tape, the same 20-year-old Dunn, the same soundtrack, including the same minor errors in verbal instruction.

There is, nevertheless, some advantage in the DVD format over the VHS, if you haven't learned the form yet. There is a menu, with the form broken down into about 50 short pieces, and it will cycle through a chosen short piece repeatedly until you select "next" -- or you can play straight through the entire form. If you're like me, you'll use that automatic repetition of short pieces quite a lot, on your way to learning the form.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent video of the Yang Long Form November 10, 2005
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I have seen quite a few Tai Chi DVD's and this one is probably one of the best. There are plenty of videos of the so-called "Yang" short form (I prefer not to call it Yang, but instead the "Beijing 24 form"), but not many good videos of the Yang Long Form. This one is worth buying. The production quality of the video is very good and the descriptions are clear. You can repeat individual sections, which is helpful. Even though the title of the DVD includes the words "Tai Chi for Health", this is good traditional Taijiquan with martial application; not just flowery new age movements.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
About fifteen years ago, I bought a book on T'ai Chi at a Flea Market for $1.00 and threw it in with my collection ,promising myself that I would read it sooner or later. Five years ago I began,finally, to scan through it and I decided, for supplemental assistance, to purchase a T'ai Chi for Health video tape that demonstrated 20 forms which I practiced daily for about two years until I felt that I was ready to advance. I then began to read the book which showed 108 forms and I was forewarned that it would take a considerable amount of time to learn the movements. So, using visual imagery and practicing with focused determination, I was able to work up to #108 after months and months and months of studying the book. I am aware that one is advised to work with a trained instructor in order to derive the maximum benefits from T'ai Chi but I did not want to allow the lack of an instructor to deter my motivation. Recently,I purchased the video tape, T'ai Chi for Health: Yang Long Form (By Terence Dunn) and after sitting and watching it for two hours, I felt that I was there with him being instructed one-on-one. I felt that Mr. Dunn's demonstration of the forms was excellent and that his vocal instructions and explanations were direct, succinct, and informative. To my surprise, I found that I had been following correct procedure, for the most part, and that I had only to smooth out some edges in order to present a reasonable picture of appearing to know what I was doing. From my perspective, this VHS Tape fulfills much in the quest of many who seek to be rooted through the art of T'ai Chi Chuan; it is a tremendous tool for the neophyte.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good video November 17, 2005
Format:DVD
I thought this was a very good video, but if you are interested in the long Yang form, this is the more modernized, wu shu version of it rather than the original Yang Chen Fu version, according to my instructor.

The video includes some tai chi warm-up excercises, and two presentations of the entire form. The first shows the moves step by step with the names and numbers of the move, with slight pauses in between. The second shows the entire form from beginning to end as one continuous, smooth performance.

One difference between this and the original Yang Cheng Fu form is the somewhat larger moves, or "large frame" aspect to the form. It follows almost the same sequence, though, except for some changes in several places in the form, especially at the beginning of the form, and in the middle of the second section, in the movements just before and after double wind to ears. Some of the moves are done a little differently, too, such as snake darts out tongue, wave hands like clouds, etc.

Also, Dunn does not keep the qua open (keeping the armpits open by one fist distance, or the arms away from the side of the body, which aids with balance through the waist and to the legs) which is an important internal principle. But overall Dunn has very nice, smooth, flowing form, exceptional balance (the ability to pause and hold the kicks), and I enjoyed his performance.

Overall I thought this was a well done video and found it useful in comparing what I do with some of the other Yang versions out there. I also have his short Yang form video and thought that was similarly well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent video with clear instructions.
Published 6 days ago by Thos M.
5.0 out of 5 stars But a beautiful exercise.
Wish the background wasn't a mist because you can't tell which way is up! But a beautiful exercise.
Published 10 days ago by Karen Dodd
3.0 out of 5 stars converted from vhs
mr dunne is clearly a tai chi master, and a skilled teacher: however, this program seems to be a dated vhs conversion, rather than a new program. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Chris Fornino
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this disc!
I have practiced this martial art before and I found this disc very instructive and helpful. I will probably order more again.
Published 2 months ago by darrin franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another quality purchase.
Teaches the YANG form with ease and insight. I know the entire form now and I'm learning more through the resources he provides in the package.
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great training video
For anyone wanting to learn the Yang Long Form, this video is ideal. The instructor takes the student through each move in the form, and I was able to learn the entire form using... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen K. Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars ah peace
Been searching for this for a few years. Loaned it out when it was a bus and never got it back. It is a great form of peaceful workout but I can only do twenty minutes at a time.
Published 5 months ago by magikhanz
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is a very good dvd for relaxing the mind and body. I used this as an athlete to relax for competition.
Published 5 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Tai Chi book
excellent book on the 24 and 24 position forms. pictures and verbal descriptions among the best. THe dvd that goes with it is excellent as well
Published 6 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi video
The video gave me the review/reminder that I needed. The practioner must have had a teacher and have learned it before.
Published 6 months ago by Sydney Berner
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