Anthology of T'ai Chi & Qigong: The Prescription for the Future
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Why? It breaks down a long form of Tai Chi into digestible easy user-friendly lessons that teach both Tai Chi and Qigong Meditation in real time just like being in one of his classes, and the 5 star reviews reflect that quality.
It doesn't just exhibit the forms and exercises, but rather explains exactly what you should be feeling inside as you perform them.
On the DVD's easy to use menu, you will be able to choose from the "Sitting Qigong Meditation" or "Moving Qigong Warm Up" or the "19 Tai Chi Lessons," and the Tai Chi Lessons are broken down into 2 parts: 1) In studio instruction with a plain white background, so you can see what the instructor is doing with no distractions, where he breaks down each movement into easy to follow detailed explanations. 2) After learning a few movements, it offers a Practice Session in a lovely tranquil setting in nature, where you can then practice the few movements you have learned in one flowing Tai Chi form. This is repeated throughout the nearly 4 hour DVD, so that you can "feel the flow" of the Tai Chi form as you learn it in easy to follow lesson bytes.
The presenter has honed a uniquely modern and highly effective approach to Tai Chi that works, and can work for anyone, even those dealing with serious health issues. For nearly 25 years he has evolved this approach teaching in some of the world's largest health institutions and for major corporations, teaching Tai Chi as a health and wellness, and personal improvement technology, and his students, readers, and this DVDs users have often seen profound benefits in all aspects of their lives.
This program does not just teach Tai Chi, it teaches a new approach to how we do everything in our lives--learning how to do everything we do with less effort and more power.
"An excellent introduction to this ancient health art." --
Book List Magazine, September, 2002
Bill Douglas has done for Qigong what Apple did for the computer . . . he's brought it to the people. --R Poccia, Stress Management Director, San Francisco's Beyond Anonymous
"Douglas gives the best of Tai Chi, in simple terms using American culture, requiring no grounding in Chinese culture." --Sifu Hong Yijiao, U.S. Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion
"Visionary, all you need to learn to change your life." --Dr. Michael Steward, Team USA Senior Coach, World Martial Arts Hall of Famer
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On clarity, this DVD gets a 5; its a job well done. On grace of presentation, which requires exceptional muscle control and years of practice, the Author/performer gets a 3. For a performance that rates a 5, see the DVDs by Dr. Lam. However, a "3" is not so bad as the Author still rather young. But for consistency, he gets only a 3, which is not so good since consistency is within his grasp.
T'ai Chi is a martial art and all its movements are fighting forms. Unlike Chi Kung, T'ai Chi is a defensive art that includes a self-protecting response. It is a catalogue of movements to choose from in response to an attack. In several cases, the Author refers to a punch or a kick to an opponent, but he fails to explain why these actions were taken. He fails to explain the martial connection between defense and response consistently. Missing these explanations, the DVD becomes a taxing memorization of a sequence of changing hand, leg and body positions.
By showing the connections between the movements and their martial arts purpose, the Author would add logic to the DVD which would make it easier to learn in a more repeatable manner.
T'ai Chi isn't just benefitial to everyone, it's fun! And with Bill Douglas, it's easy for anyone. Just do it! Buy this DVD! It's an invaluable gift to yourself.
(Note for people with back problems: If you have an injury you'll probably have to start out doing modified versions of some of the warm-ups and movements, and skip others entirely. When I first started doing my "hip rotation" warm ups any onlookers would have sworn I wasn't moving at all. As Bill says "Always listen to your body. Just do what feels good to ya." )