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Snake Style Kung-fu

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Product Description

Detailed step by step instructions and demonstrations of the form and self defense applications of many of the movements. This is an unusually beautiful and flowing style using vibrations of the body to generate power. Develops flexibility and "Fa-jing" (explosive, springy power).

About the Actor

Tseng, Yun Xiang won several championships in Southeastern China and is fully accredited to teach kung-fu and Tai-chi by the Chinese government.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Yun Xiang Tseng
  • Directors: Bob Klein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Artistic Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KJJHS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on September 9, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
this video is great! it is skillfully performed by Tseng-Yun Xiang, and is very graceful. the form is explored from a full speed demonstration, to detailed piece by piece instruction, to slow motion demonstration, and its use as self defense (it is also pointed out that the self defense application can be altered from the original form depending on the pracitioner, ex. open hand form movements can be altered to closed fists for self defense,etc.) if you do not have the option of learning kung fu from personal instruction, then this tape is the way to go. it can be learned piece by piece in your own home at your own rate. i have many tapes on different martial arts, i found this one to be one of the best taught and put together.
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I just purchased Snake style Kung Fu based on the above reviews and was disappointed. I suppose you could say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but are we looking at the same thing?

Here are my specific observations:
1. -The form is presented as Wudang mountain-snake style and it is implied that it is related to taijiquan. This particular form appears to be "new Wudang" or contemporary wushu and in my opinion, not particularly good contemporary wushu.

2. The form is not dynamic or fluid as characterizes most wudang and taiji forms. It is also not explosive either. The choreography did not wow me in the least and I had to sit through the video hoping to see something of value to get out of the experience. Again, disappointed.

3. Tseng's movements correctly originate from the legs and center (most of the time) but he does not carry the movements through his arms effectively. In other words the power is not correctly transmitted. In fact, he appears to shake and vibrate all of the power out of the movements before they are expressed. For experienced practioners of taijiquan, fajing (explosive energy movements) are expressed through a wave, but the wave is linked and results in a proper alignment resulting in force being concentrated, extended, and reinforced by linear vectors. The start of the vector is typically the legs. The end of the vector is the target. None of this is present. Tseng's arm movements tend to be partially or even largely independent of what is going on with the rest of his body, and he does not appear to have much root (sometimes hard to determine based on a video.) That is not to say that he is uncoordinated, but rather that his understanding of the form and how to use it as a weapon appears to be limited.
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This is a beautiful form - an excellent example of internal martial arts. The form is shown from a few angles, the self defense applications explained and the movements taught in a classroom situation, step by step. In a separate section, you are taught how to use the body for each part of the form. The tape is well done and Tseng Yun Xiang, the teacher, performs it so beautifully. It is worth practicing this snake form even if you are not interested in fighting, but just to be able to be fluid and flexible. You really should see this.
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I bought this video along with tiger and eagle claw kung fu to learn differant forms. The snake is a very relaxing style of kung fu. I was able to learn the form right away. Its not that hard to learn and its very soft. this combination of kung fu styles is great. tiger,snake,eagle. the tiger is slow and hard, the eagle is quick and energetic, the snake is soft and relaxed.
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This is an excellent video showing the snake style form, but contrary to the previous reviewer's comments, it is not the original Wu Dang Mountain snake style (which is why the four stars), but rather the modern wu-shu version of it. It's still worth watching to get an idea of what the style is like, which is very graceful and fluid like he says. Pure snake style has essentially died out, but some of it still exists in five animals styles such as Hung Gar and some other southern styles. Tseng does a fine job on the form and he is a champion in wu-shu from the old country, and I also have his eagle claw kung fu video, which was also excellent. There is no doubt that he has considerable skill, it's just unfortunate that this isn't the original art, which may be almost impossible to find if it indeed it still exists at all. But the video is still worthwhile watching to learn about this unique but almost defunct art.
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This video I have had my eye on for a few years now, and when I got it oh boy......it didn't disappoint.....completely. The film production is half assed at best. Master Bob Klien should just butt out of the video series completely, since he is not nice to look at or even seem like he has a clue to what he is doing. Master Xiang's english is very hard to understand and you have to nod your head and watch. But to me that's knit picking. Even though you can't understand Xiang half the time his actions make up for his lack or pronounciation. And the form is from Wudang, so if you ever take it to a tournament, you may have a chance. The angles of the form and the outside sun lighting are excellent. The indoor lighting however is like that of an HD 8 bit videogame from a garbage can that has been pooped on by Oscar the Grouch. The applications of the form make since to, dispite this being an animal style and fighting applications from them are usually impractical. But these applications can be used in self defense or competition....or if you can do it.
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