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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely done, January 27, 2008
This review is from: Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi) Master Ren, GuangYi (YMAA) (DVD)
I was quite impressed after viewing "Chen Taijiquan" by Master Ren GuangYi. There are demonstrations of two forms: one with empty hands, and one with the flexiblt Tai Chi straight sword. Both forms ae shot multiple times: with subtitles to denote each move's name, and from multiple camera angles. A stop motion "flipper vision" option is also available.

One of the comments under another review asked "why should I be listening to Lou Reed music while practicing Tai Chi?" That is a good question, as Lou Reed is known for such gritty drug induced melodies as "Sweet Jane" and "Talk a Walk on the Wild Side" which, while both outstanding tunes, would clearly be inappropriate for taijiquan. HOWEVER, Mister Reed has distinquished himself by creating a choice of two New Age soundtracks for this video presentation: "Centering" and "Energy." You want to choose "Energy."

Lou Reed narrates this video between sequences, is a private student of Master Ren, and has Master Ren demonstrate his form on stage prior to his concerts. It would see that Mister Reed has benefitted greatly from Master Ren's instruction as he appears to be clean & sober, centered, humble, and has probably gotten much healthier over the past decade of martial arts practice. Now if we could only get Iggy Pop and Keith Richards to apply themselves to the practice of taijiquan!

Seriously, though - this was a superior DVD and I recommend it for anyone looking to progress beyond the basics of "Sunrise Tai Chi."
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