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Tai Chi:the 24 Forms

Paul Lam    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 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
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Lam-- professional, standard Yang short form Nov. 29 2003
By A Customer
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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I have been using this DVD for over a year while working with my instrucor on the short form. I found that the DVD was an excellent way to refresh my memory and as a study guide at home. I continue to use the DVD as a guide to both "refine" my movements and help me with a continuous flow.
It is relatively easy when using the DVD or an instructor for that matter to perform each movement as if it were seperate. Certainly my instructor often teaches it this way during class and the majority of the video classes in the DVD also enforce the single movement method. However, the two versions of the form that Dr. Lam performs at the end of the DVD have helped me in seeing and working toward a more continuous flow of the movements.
Dr. Lam is extrodinarily limber and the silk suits worn help to emphasis this limberness. His performance of the form will be impossible for me to attain with the same fluidity of motion and grace. However, it does present a goal that I can work toward and helps me to focus on lowering and watching my wieght shifts.
Several of the secondary instructors on the tape help to show that it is not necessary to attain Dr. Lams flexibility in order to perform and enjoy the short form. Overall, this is an excellent DVD to help anyone learn the short form.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Lam's Form July 11 2003
The good part: The form presented by Dr. Lam, particularly the leg movements, is nothing less than outstanding. He is a pleasure to watch.
The not-so-good-part: The instruction style of pointing to various parts of an assistant is common and acceptable to many viewers. But there is logic to Tai Chi based on its martial arts birth. The movements of Tai Chi come from a series of defensive responses to attacks by imaginary aggressors that surround the "player." There is a logic that comes from knowing what these attacks are and how they relate to the form movements. This knowledge is not passed on by the Author and its absence makes the form much more difficult to learn than it needs to be.
John T. McCabe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great step by step approach , easy to follow.
Published 1 day ago by Raff D.P.
4.0 out of 5 stars just what I needed
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2005 by joan gunning
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to the Head of the Class!
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. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by Patricia Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction
This is an excellent value. A full two hours of generous technical instruction.
Published on Oct. 9 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The best way to get into tai-chi (besides live instruction)
This program enables anyone interested in learning tai-chi off to an enjoyable start. This video/dvd version by Dr. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by Bay Area Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Instruction - Poor Video
The video quality of this DVD is poor. There is a good introduction to Tai Chi. The instruction was clear. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by Duane L. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars 24 Forms Encoding Problems
Problems with Region 1 encoding made this DVD impossible to view. Total waste of money. This is the only DVD in my collection with problems so I know it is not my player. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001 by Cam Bosnic
1.0 out of 5 stars looks like it was filmed in a basement by his wife!
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2001 by Stacy
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