18 Buddha Hands Qigong-DVD
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(Jun 16, 2005)
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The set takes about an hour to complete (each "Hand" is usually composed of of 2-3 movements and a standing meditation), but there have been busy periods where I was forced to limit myself to practicing the first 9 stations, the last 9 stations, or even the middle 9 stations with good effect. So the sheer number and variety of exercises in the set actually add to its versatility and adaptability to modern lives.
Clearly, I am a fan and believer in this set. So why only 4 stars? Well, the video/DVD session clearly demonstates how to perform each exercise, and the voiceover narration by Johnson is simple and clear, but there is very little information on the energetic effects and background info for each exercise. Those details, along with performance instructions, can be found in the accompanying book. So once you know the set, the book is actually a more valuable resource than the video/DVD. If you are really apt at learning physical exercises and drills from books, and you can only afford one version of this set, you should probably get the book instead. (Yes, I have both, but I have the interest and the disposable income).Read more ›
OK. Here's the REST.
This is a Master Su Yu Chang QiGong set taken from the 18 Luohan QiGong. It is the SAME set verbatim, minus a few IMPORTANT THINGS:
1. This isn't Tai Chi, so some of the movements are done with SHARP and FAST motion, as this is a MARTIAL QIGONG
2. Lots of the body mechanics suffer, due to trying to make this a slow, relaxing set.
3. The DETOX effect, and the SINEW CHANNEL/Wei Qi or autoimmune boost is all but lost on the adaptation done by Larry Johnson.
This is a perfect example of a Western guy trying to "do his best", with a poor understanding of Luohan Chuan, or a deliberate attempt to brand the 18 Luohan set as his own.
I don't HATE this video, but wouldn't say it was a good purchase.
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Really good. Presented well. Easy to learn. Gives you a good intro into good chi-gong.Published 17 months ago by benjamin brownstone
you need the book that sells separately, to get the most out of the lessons.Published 20 months ago by omi
The qi gong is okay; a bit martial in nature but the main reason I gave this a 3 star, is there is no energetic affects explanation included.Published on March 11, 2010 by Cheryl L. Malone