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Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics

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Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that enhances agility and power. Qi Gong is a Chinese health system that's been practiced for centuries to improve mental and physical awareness. Taught by Matthew Cohen, a martial-arts master with 30 years’ experience, these two programs cultivate strength and tranquility in the mind and body.

The Tai Chi program contains three segments. First, you'll learn the essential poses of Tai Chi. Next, you'll move through the postures to create harmony and grace while increasing flexibility and endurance. Finally, you'll put it all together to build overall muscle tone and promote vigor and vitality.

The Qi Gong program conditions the body and expands the senses through slow, natural, repetitive movements. You’ll stimulate your immune system and gain a sense of balance and inner calm with this healing practice.

Includes a new 30-minute Tai Chi program and a 40-minute program from the previously released Qi Gong: Fire & Water.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plus Bonus Feb. 23 2012
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Great DVD--loved the descriptive and the extra Bonus of Yoga was great to try and use..Great buy for biginners.Will look for others from same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi and QiGong Basics with Matthew Cohen Dec 31 2013
By Jane
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Fabulous teaching ability. I offer to do a few minutes with my clients (unrelated industry), and they have all wanted to get the disk. So I ordered several to have available. Probably need to get more in the new year. Great for fit people BUT completely available to people with physical challenges. Can't praise it any higher.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive Marketing - Buyer Beware March 26 2011
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Matthew Cohen is an excellent teacher of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, and the production quality of both this DVD and his Fire and Water program are very good. That being said, if you already own Fire and Water you already have one of the two workouts on this DVD. The other one is not his best. Bottom line: if you own Fire & Water, skip this one. If you don't have either, buy Fire & Water instead.

Dear Acacia: Listen up... Your customers are NOT happy when you re-package old programs with new titles. They feel ripped off, deceived and angry when you do this. Its bad karma to boot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 30 2011
By TreeDogRain - Published on Amazon.com
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Agree with "A Reader." Cohen is by every indication a wonderful teacher, one we'd all be fortunate to work with in person, and I probably use the older "Fire and Water" DVD six times a week.

When I bought this new DVD I knew part of it included pre-released materials. But I thought Acacia, Mr Cohen and the producers might have reworked that material in some fashion -- perhaps blending elements of "Fire" and "Water" practices into one? I had no idea -- instead simply of lifting half of "Fire and Water" and copying it here.

It's additionally disappointing that the production quality of the newer Tai Chi segment is lower than that of the prior disc. It's shot inside, not in the glorious setting of the older DVD, which is fine. But the visual direction and sound quality is lower. Worse, the three-step process for repeating the moves of and entering into what is a very short Tai Chi routine seems frankly like filler. To be blunt, the Tai Chi segment feels glib. I would have gained much more from a disc entirely devoted to deeper exploration of more Tai Chi principles and moves. The interview with Cohen is great, but also has a could-have-been-free-on-You-Tube quality as well.

I can live this time with giving my money to support this terrific teacher. But I'll be much more careful with my next Acacia product and other productions in which Mr Cohen participates; much less willing to support the cynical decision to recycle in the worst possible way.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the beginner March 30 2011
By CBMTTek - Published on Amazon.com
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First off:
This DVD is not, I repeat, not for anyone that has any real Tai Chi practice under their belt. I have had very limited instruction, and I was disappointed with the Tai Chi form presented as the "third" exercise of this disk. My most rudimentary Tai Chi DVD presented a better form in the first 5 minutes.

But, having said that, there is one overriding feature of this DVD that makes it a must buy for anyone wanting to incorporate some Tai Chi and Qi Gong elements into their daily fitness routine. (Or that has any interest in learning Tai Chi or Qi Gong) Matt Cohen teaches the entire routine in mirror image poses.

OK, what does that mean?

Watch most every other workout, or Tai Chi DVD. The overwhelming majority of the time as you perform the moves, you "mirror" the instructor in screen. That means when they say lift the right arm, you end up lifting the left arm because it is on the same side as the person in the screen. Matthew Cohen takes this very common and normal human behavior into account, showing the left leg forward, but saying right leg, etc... This makes it about a million times easier to follow the routine then I have ever experienced before. Absolutely zero eye muscle confusion based on what I was seeing on screen.

Another additional benefit, the first two sections of the Tai Chi exercise have in the short time I have owned this DVD, replaced my stretching and warm up routines. In a few short minutes, I feel like I am more then ready to take on any number of strenuous exercise in only about 5 minutes. That works for me, cannot speak for anyone else.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for someone as inept as me Oct. 7 2012
By R. Denhardt - Published on Amazon.com
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I have tried to learn Tai Chi and did a little Qi Gong before I bought this DVD. I first tried a copy from the library and really liked it. I guess it is very basic but I have no motor memory so that is where I operate. It has good music and a nice background. It was easy to learn and now I do Qi Gong every morning on my own. I haven't done a lot with Tai Chi part but it too is basic but at a level I can manage. I am recommending it to my friends but people who are natural with this might find it too simple

Also, it cost less than one lesson.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi March 10 2011
By Jennifer L. Vido - Published on Amazon.com
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Matthew Cohen is one of the leading experts on Martial, Yogic, and Healing Arts. With over thirty years of experience, he is a martial arts master and the founder of Sacred Energy Arts. His integrated teachings are derived from Hatha and Taoist Yoga, martial arts, and healing. His approach is accessible and powerful, setting him apart as one of the most respected teachers in his field. Over the years, he has conducted many workshops nationally and internationally.

In his latest instructional DVD, TAI CHI & QI GONG BASICS, Cohen provides two complete practices which center on the mind, body, and spirit aspect of his teachings. His program includes a warm-up, three segments, and a cool-down. Guided by Cohen's soothing voice-over, he demonstrates each pose with grace and harmony. Focusing on the health and wellness benefits of flexibility and poise, he explains why each pose is essential to inner peace. Despite his detailed instructions, it is difficult to see his foot, knee, and leg placements due to his baggy pants.

The Q&A bonus section is an insightful discussion with Cohen that explains his personal journey that led him to where he is today. He addresses the differences between Tai Chi and QI Gong Basics and encourages the viewer to explore both practices. Overall, this DVD gives the novice as well as the expert an inspirational work-out that will hopefully lead them to a healthier lifestyle.
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