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Yang Tai Chi for Beginners (YMAA Taijiquan) Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (2012)

Dr. Yang , Jwing-Ming , David Silver  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Jonathan Chang
  • Directors: David Silver
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: YMAA Publication Center
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 293 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006WPDKLI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,473 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dr. Yang's ability is of the same high caliber as his written treatises. --Master Jou, Tsung-Hwa

Dr. Yang surely follows in the footsteps of the Yang style founder Yang Lu-Chan, who also first studied the Shaolin hard styles and later studied and mastered the soft style of Taijiquan. Dr. Yang stimulates this tradition, which will surely bear the fruit of high achievement within the martial arts. --Grandmaster Liang, Tung-Tsai

Man of the Year 2007 --Inside Kung Fu magazine

Product Description

Learn Tai Chi Step-by-Step with Master Yang.

Tai Chi Chuan is a kind of moving meditation with ancient roots in Chinese martial arts. In this program, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming teaches you the traditional Yang-style form step-by-step, while explaining the meaning of each movement.

Yang Tai Chi is the most popular style in the world, and it is practiced by millions of people every day. By practicing Tai Chi, you relax the mind and body deeply, which is the key to maintaining and improving your health. When you are calm and centered, your body's natural restorative abilities are most efficient.

Regular practice can benefit your strength, flexibility, bone-density, and muscle mass. The low-impact exercise has been shown to improve symptoms of depression and insomnia, and promote the healing of chronic conditions. Tai Chi is an excellent way to relieve stress, lower your blood pressure, and develop a positive attitude toward life. Tai Chi will increase your circulation of blood, nutrients, and energy throughout the body, resulting in improved vitality and longevity.

Master Yang instructs the complete Tai Chi form from the front, and shows each movement one-by-one from multiple angles. There is also a rear view of the form that you can simply follow-along with once you're familiar with the movements. Tai Chi will develop your mind's alertness, awareness, and concentration. Most importantly, as you practice, pay attention to the feeling within the movements, so you may appreciate the profound essence of Tai Chi Chuan.

- Learn the form step-by-step. - Easy to follow with front or rear angle - Low-impact movements; good for all fitness levels. - Every movement explained in detail. - English subtitles.

Dr. Yang's tai chi lineage can be traced back to the Yang family through Grandmaster Kao, Tao and his teacher Yue, Huanzhi, an indoor disciple of Yang, Chengfu.

YMAA PRODUCTION - DR. YANG, JWING-MING "YANG TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS" - PERFORMED BY DR. YANG, JWING-MING, WITH JONATHAN CHANG - DVD PRODUCTION BY YMAA - EDITING AND DVD AUTHORING BY OCEAN SILVER - PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID SILVER


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207 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great improvement over earlier works February 17, 2012
By HSJRev
Format:DVD
I have Dr. Yang's earlier DVD "Taijiquan, Classical Yang Style" and while it's a great supplement to taking lessons and reading the book, I think it's hard for a beginner to follow along because the camera keeps cutting to different angles and the student can get lost as to which direction to move.
This new video has so much to offer a beginner, that's it's a world of difference. The whole sequence is shot from one steady camera angle both from the front and the back so the student can follow along easily. Also in the instruction part, each movement is broken down from several angles, but mostly Dr Yang turns and explains why while the camera stays steady. I find this so much easier to follow. There are some other camera angles and closeups when needed to emphasize a technique, but they were very well integrated and easy to follow. I can't imagine the amount of work that went into filming and edtiting this project to get such a thorough and easily followed final DVD.
I give this my highest recommendation for anyone interested in Tai Chi or martial arts. Five stars hardly seems adequate for this one.
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful
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Just like ALL of the videos offered by YMAA, this video is exceptionally well done and at a running time of 293 minutes, yes you read that right, 293 minutes or just shy of 5 hours of quality information provided by Dr. Yang. I mean really, would you ever expect anything less!

Dr. Yang breaks down each and every move in this Tai Chi long form as he explains their individual martial arts application, as well as, the various health benefits associated with their practice. Like all exceptional martial arts instructors, be it Tai Chi, Karate, Taekwondo, or any other martial art, Dr. Yang not only instructs the student in how to correctly execute each individual move, but he also provides instruction on how not to practice the move by showing some of the more common mistakes made by students when learning and practicing the individual techniques. Another really nice feature is that each stage of the form is filmed from a variety of angles in order to better teach the techniques to the viewer. Very nice!

As with all of Dr. Yang's videos, I highly recommend this video for anyone interested in its particular subject matter.

Shawn Kovacich
Martial Artist/Krav Maga Instructor
Author and Creator of numerous books and DVD's.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the Yang long form February 13, 2012
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I originally bought Dr. Yang's earlier video, Tai Chi Chuan, Classical Yang Style, which I still like for its qigong section and its introduction to the stances and steppings, but Yang Tai Chi for Beginners surpasses it by far when it comes to exposing the form. The disc is five hours long, and most of that is devoted to detailed demonstrations of each posture, from different angles, and with demonstrations of the martial applications of each posture. The video was shot outdoors in the mountains of Northern California, and the camera work is excellent. You can always see Dr. Yang's feet and hands (my biggest complaint about the earlier video was that some crucial hand movements were not shown because the camera was on the feet).
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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While there are numerous Tai Chi DVDs on the market, there is always room for one more, especially when the DVD is from Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, an extremely accomplished martial artist and prolific author of books and DVDs that share his vast knowledge in the martial art and Qigong areas. "Yang Tai Chi For Beginners" with Dr. Yang is an excellent DVD for anyone wanting to learn Yang Tai Chi. Yes, the DVD is for beginners, and beginners will definitely learn a lot from this program, but even those who already practice this style of Tai Chi will benefit from Dr. Yang's years of experience and knowledge.

The program begins with a short introduction chapter that shows Dr. Yang performing Tai Chi in a wooded area while a voice over, combined with subtitles, introduces the viewer with Tai Chi and its benefits. Next comes a chapter about Yang Tai Chi with Dr. Yang, at his retreat in a wooded area, talking about Yang Tai Chi, and explaining about this form. While Dr. Yang speaks English, there are subtitles throughout the entire DVD. After these preliminaries, there is a group demonstration with Dr. Yang and a number of his students performing the form.

After this demonstration, Dr. Yang's instruction begins. He goes through everything, teaching to the camera. It is like you are there with him. The only negative is you can't ask him questions or have him come and correct your form. This DVD really is the next best thing to being there. He teaches and allows you to view from different views and he points out common mistakes and provides tips throughout the program. At times he brings students out to demonstrate applications that are found within the form to allow the viewer to better understand the movements. After the instruction, Dr.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for beginners and beyond February 8, 2012
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This is an excellent DVD for the serious beginner and it will take you beyond the initial learning of a form. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is an icon in the martial arts world and, as such, does a wonderful job of introducing Yang Style tai chi to the beginner.

Each move of the long form is broken down to it's structure, martial application and it's usefulness to health and flexibility. In addition to showing how a move is performed, Dr. Yang also shows how it should not be done. For example, many new beginners project the rear when doing moves such as parting wild horses mane or ward off. He very clearly shows how tucking the tail bone under will give the body more roundness and grounding. I find that a very useful way to learn, because sometimes we just don't process all the nuances of a stance at first look. It is good to know exactly what we are doing incorrectly and to be shown how to correct it.

The DVD runs for almost 5 hours, so it is not a quick run through of a short form. There is a great deal of information shared and it is presented from various angles to make it easy to see all of the details. The skill level is listed as beginner and it will be easy for a beginner to understand and follow. I found many useful tips in this presentation of the long form. I have been teaching tai chi for 15 years. There is always something to discover, even in the simplest of movements.

The filming of the movements is quite nice; outside, on a mountain top with beautiful soft music. A rooster crowing in the background brought a smile to my face when Dr. Yang stopped is lesson and apologized for the noise. He said, "we live in the mountains". I also liked his humbleness when he performed an application with a student and was surprised that it was hard to do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
almost like classroom.
Published 3 days ago by george costa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
easy to follow instructions
Published 6 days ago by Chas
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Yang Is The Real Deal!
Ive been involved in various sports and forms of martial arts my entire life. Aikido was my previous art and had to give that up due to a back injury that actually occured when I... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Dustwheel
3.0 out of 5 stars Found difficult to follow, seemed way too much information ...
Found difficult to follow, seemed way too much information presented all at once. Still watching and will use
some of what I see in my daily routine.
Published 23 days ago by M. Fet
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Beginners!
After learning the basics of this Yang Style form at Master Yang's school in Boston many years ago, I promptly moved to California. Read more
Published 26 days ago by HappyDog
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought the wrong product. oops
I was hoping for a actually fighting style video. Its mostly for relaxation.
Published 27 days ago by EDisney
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly instructional. It is must have for Tai Chi beginner.
I feels like having Dr. Yang in my living room talking me thru Tai Chi one move at a time and showing all the martial art application of Tai Chi as well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chi S. Chiu
5.0 out of 5 stars yang tai chi
everything went as it should. it is a long video so be patient when you first start, and have fun
Published 1 month ago by kite'skandi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tai Chi DVD
Dr. Yang goes into great detail explaining the core principles of Yang Tai Chi, including the art's history and full application. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Samurai Soldier
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn Tai Chi get this
I first learned Tai Chi from a kind man back in the 80's. I lost the process of doing it while life happened and wanted to get back into the practice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alfred D. Wallace
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Is the digital copy the full five hours or?
The digital streaming version is 1 hour and 52 minutes, and sells for $9.99. It includes Part 1 of the form, plus demos of the complete form. The DVD is 5 hours and sells for $29.95, usually marked down 15 -20%. The DVD includes Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the form. Thanks, YMAA
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