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Tai Chi Chuan: Classical Yang Style

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Product Description

This Special Edition DVD is over four hours long, with hours of additional content not available on VHS.

Discover Authentic Taijiquan.
This comprehensive video is not only an instructional DVD, but a living document designed to preserve a cultural tradition from the original Yang Style lineage. Practice of this living, vital form will bring you a healthy and relaxed body, a clear mind, and a strong sense of martial intent. This Tai Chi Chuan program will offer you enough content to build a solid foundation for a lifetime of practice.

• Fundamental Stances • Instruction of the Thirteen Postures • Taiji Qigong Primary Set • Moving Qigong • The Complete Yang Style Taijiquan Long Form • Instructions on Breathing

This Enhanced DVD edition contains the following extra content:
• Taijiquan Theory Lecture by Dr. Yang • Taiji Qigong & Fa Jin (Emitting Power) sections • Detailed Instruction & Analysis of Each Movement in the Form • Slideshow of the 113 Postures

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Hundreds of Scene Selections • Interactive Feature: Click the Yin/Yang Symbol to open up In-Depth Instruction of the Form • Over 2 hours of additional content • Language: English, French and Chinese • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese • All Regions Encoding • Previews of all video titles • Interactive YMAA Product Catalog • "About YMAA" section, and more.

240 minutes-color/ DVD9-NTSC


" His depth of knowlege and his superb teaching style make him among the most valuable members of this community." -- A Taste of China, Pat Rice, Director

Voted "Martial Artist of the Year" 2003 -- Black Belt magazine

Voted as one of the people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." -- Inside Kung Fu magazine

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jwing-Ming Yang
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Full length, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: YMAA Publication Center
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CEUY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I began practicing T'ai Chi fifteen years ago. My first teacher was trained from childhood in China, then Taiwan, in the strict classical Yang Long Form. I began studying with him years later in a major U.S. city -- still Yang Long Form, still classical approach. That was a magical time, a magical experience that will be a part of me for the rest of my life.
Periodic long-distance moves have since interrupted my study several times, but these have also required me to study with teachers of quite a few T'ai Chi styles and levels of expertise. Some were more fun, some more "practical," some much more "martial" in approach, and some were sadly "lightweight."
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's video is truly "the real deal." From the first frame of his performance of the entire Form, I was instantly transported back to my first Teacher's class: not only is the sequence of postures and connecting movements EXACTLY the same as where I began, but the "spirit" and "feel" of T'ai Chi is also the same as it was then. With the wide range of styles and emphases in my classes since, I'd nearly forgotten how "pure" and powerful the classical Yang form truly is!
Other reviews here have accurately described and appropriately praised the comprehensive contents and unsurpassed structure of this wonderful video that is at once a marvelous teaching tool and a true archival record of this ancient art.
I'll summarize my opinion this way:
If you EVER outgrow this DVD, please produce one of your own, so we can all study with you!
Meanwhile, I'm gonna hang with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming!!
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I've seen a number of other videos offering instruction in various styles of martial arts and Tai Chi specifically. This one stands above them all for the quality of the production and the way the DVD is put together.
There is a great wealth of information on this DVD. There is a short lecture on theory, a number of loosening up and warming up exercises, Taiji Qigong exercises, and of course the full Yang style long form. Everything has chapter stops and you can skip to the section you want quickly and easily from the DVD menu.
The long form doesn't dwell excessively on any individual movement which allows you to practice along with it, but if you want more detail on how a movement is performed, you can hit 'Enter' on your DVD remote when the yin yang symbol is on the screen to get in depth instruction on the current movement being demonstrated. In that way it manages to offer the best of both worlds.
The only small criticism I have is the way the camera angle would switch sometimes during the course of a movement. It was done to provide the best view of the movement I'm sure, but the specific directions each movement travels in are not clear. A small nit to pick no doubt and probably of no concern to a beginner anyway. All in all this DVD stands well above any other Tai Chi instructional video I've seen.
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Having owned the videotape of this offering from Dr. Yang, I was a little apprehensive about spending money to buy the DVD. I was very satisfied with the information offered on the VHS tape, but having already owned the material, it didn't make sense to purchase a DVD unless there was something added to the material.

Generally, when a company releases a DVD of a previously released VHS tape, there is very little added to the DVD release. Fortunately, in line with the high quality of YMAA publications, this DVD has approximately two hours of material that was not on the original VHS.

Combine this with the ease of access that a DVD offers and the Taijiquan, Classical Yang Style DVD becomes even more of a bargain.

The video offers material and instruction for the following:

The Taijiquan Thirteen Postures

The Fundamental 8 Stances

Taiji Qigong, with stretching and three sets taught

The Yang Style Taijiquan sequence (The long form)

The video also has an extensive lecture on Taijiquan Theory by Dr. Yang as well as a demonstration of Fa Jing and a list of all the movements of the long form.

The lecture is vital to anyone who wants to learn Taijiquan. Merely imitating the postures and movements, which sadly is how many people practice Taijiquan, without an understanding of the philosophy from which Taijiquan developed, would severely limit one's experience.

Dr. Yang discusses how Taiji is between Wuji (nothingness) and yin and yang. This concept is extremely important and vital to the performance and practice of Taijiquan.
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This incredible DVD is more than worth its price tag. Even experienced practitioners will find much to engage them. You need to spend a little time getting familiar with the navigation on this product, because there are many ways of calling up scenes or cross referencing individual movements and explanations. Every single move, wether part of the form, warm up, jigon, or fajin has its own chapter. It is also listed on a menu so you can for example see a move, then pass quickly back to see its martial application (13 fundemental postures are shown with martial applications) and then return again to the move.

The problem for beginners, is that they are likely to be overwhelmed by the content of this DVD. If you are a begginer you should definitely purchase this DVD. But you need to be very disciplined in its use. And of course it is essential that you find yourself a teacher. Bear in mind that your teacher may work from a different version of the Yang long form.

I suggest you ignore the theory lecture and go straight to the warm up and jigon excercises. When you have worked on these for a long time. Start on the first four movements of the form. Click on the yin yang symbol for each move to see the detailed information and slide show picture of the posture. Then you can click back immediately to see the move again. Find the martial applications where they exist for the moves you are working on. They will help you to understand the form much better even if like me, you are not wanting to use them martially.

Dr Yang really needs to produce a second DVD to accompany this one showing him working with a student on each move giving detailed advice as we watch the individual working. The one drawback of this DVD is the lack of this type of presentaton.
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