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  • Actors: Larry Johnson
  • Directors: Erika Trice
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: White Elephant Monastery
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YBY3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was lucky enough to attend one of the few live seminars taught by Larry Johnson in June of 2000, where we learned this chi kung set from him over the course of the weekend. From experience, I can attest that this is an outstanding variation of 18 Buddha Hands (there are other versions from other schools and traditions) - it is simple to learn but challenging to perform and to perfect and will reward the dedicated practitioner with enhanced feelings of calm, energy, relaxation, and increaed stamina and resistance to minor illnesses (maybe even some of the major ones).

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).
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I have been through large amount of qigong media over the years but this production by Larry Johnson has me hooked. The book should be purchased with this DVD as it has considerable information on each form. As a beginner its a good idea to take 2-3 chapters at a time as they can take more out of you than you would believe. The chi affect is amazing and can be felt immediately. This is the real thing and very worth the investment in learning all 18 hands. It will take me some weeks to adapt to these forms as they are physically demanding but my motivation is high as the chi is really there. Larry demonstrates each form a number of times so they are easy to follow.
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Let's be positive first: The scenery is beautiful, and the exercises are shot in high quality. They are very continuous, and show in a clear presentation.

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.

Yadi Alamin
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This is a very satisfying experience, Mr Johnson is set in a beautiful calm serene environment. You can access the start easily... The presentation with verbiage is minimal to the point and easy to understand. No hooey stuff!
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