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Tai Chi:the 24 Forms

Paul Lam    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Tai Chi is a simple and powerfully effective art form, proven by clinical studies to help relax and strengthen both body and mind. The 24 forms is perfectly suitable for students of almost any level of fitness and age.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners Only Feb. 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
While Dr Lam seems to be an excellent teacher, the moves are slow and repeated enough times for a beginner to follow, this DVD gives no indication of what style Tai Chi is being taught, the reasons behind the movement, the description of what they represent or anything else that is important to learn when learning Tai Chi. Also, the video quality is poor by today's standards (it looks as though it was filmed by an amateur in someone's basement). I was disappointed with the purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was difficult to follow April 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I had started Tai Chi with Dr. Lams 6 forms 6 easy lessons and found that video excellant, thorough explainations and continuous breakdown of each moves which you practiced with him first, then his assistant Paul and then a class. I found this 24 form video very difficult to follow because the moves are not practiced or demonstrated as well as the first video. He gives a discussion of each move as demonstrated by a helper and maybe an alternate view. However, thats it, except for the complete demonstration at the end. So if your like me, you continously have to flip back and forth between the demo at the end and the explaination of move. Sounds simple but I can't follow the forward demo so I have to fast forward to the demo from the back view, then go back to the main menu scroll down to the move I need to review, then back again to the demo where you have to fast forward all over again. He should break the demo into two seperate spaces. I have many years of Karate so I can follow most of these moves, but if your a real beginner, I would not recommend this DVD.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Stacy
Format:DVD
I can't believe I wasted the money on this DVD. The filming was horrible. The lessons itself were very slow and boring. The demostration too fast. So I am left looking into anotehr video. I go this one because everyone wrote they loved it and I am upset that I picked it based on that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good May 14 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
There are several levels of taichi training, this tape teaches the first stage. The movements are there, but no mention of ying-yang hands, feet, balance, breathing, etc. So, do not expect to learn real taichi from this video.
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4.0 out of 5 stars just what I needed Aug. 30 2005
Format:DVD
I found Dr Paul Lam's video very helpful. It helped me be aware of proper posture and stance and I was pleased to see that he also used a back view as the front view is difficult to follow. I recommend it as a study aide between weekly classes. I found that it kept me motivated to practise. Money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go to the Head of the Class! April 4 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is truly a marvelous video especially to be used as a study guide between classes. I used it in conjunction with a weekly class on the 24 Form with an instructor. I quickly went from novice to the head of the class. Now, when the instructor tells the students, "I know the class is crowded, but, if you cannot see me, watch Pat". I feel very proud. I could not have done it without Dr. Lam. Get this tape. It is an inexpensive way to Tai Chi stardom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Lam-- professional, standard Yang short form Nov. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Dr. Lam and some of his assistants in this DVD have won medals in China in Tai Chi competition. This reflects their standardness and conformity to the Yang style. If you want the standard stuff, and are not willing to settle for watered-down, careless, or altered versions, this is it. This will show you the Yang Short Form as true to its original developers. I have not had any instruction in karate or any martial art, but was able to follow the individual form presentations fine without having to go to the final demonstration.
I believe that much thought and care was put into the development of the forms to the end of maximizing the benefits to the flow of Chi in different parts of the body, with the attendant health benefits. Departing from or altering the forms could cut across the gains to be had from this. So I say be as standard as possible to reap the full benefits of Tai Chi.
I looked at several other Tai Chi DVDs. Some of them were at a lower level than the Yang Short Form. One of them was at a higher level-- showing 48 forms. The Yang Short Form was developed with the idea of having a set of forms that pretty much the whole population of China could do on a daily basis. The intention was to cut down on health care costs by promoting the preventative health care benefits of Tai Chi. So they needed high participation, and they couldn't make it difficult to learn. They also couldn't have it take much time. It takes only 4 - 6 minutes. Leading practitioners of Tai Chi were given the job of sifting through the larger body of Tai Chi forms and practices to come up with a set of exercise forms that would maximize health benefits in a short period of time. I respect the product of this work, and wanted to stay as close to it as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction Oct. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is an excellent value. A full two hours of generous technical instruction.
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