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"Simplified Tai Chi for Beginners - Learn the 48 Form" by Helen Liang. A Review.
Simplified Tai Chi for Beginners – Learn the 48
YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
PO Box 480
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
ISBN: 978-1-59439-289-4; March 2016;
5 stars of 5
The graceful, flowing, effortless
moves in tai chi are beginning to attract American attentions. Schools
promising to teach tai chi are cropping up throughout the nation, showing up even
in adult living centers. Helen Liang, eldest daughter of Grandmaster Liang,
vice-president of the the Shou-Yu Liang Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute in Canada,
and cancer survivor, has recently teamed up with Yang’s Martial Arts
Association to produce a 180 minute DVD for level 1 students, “Simplified Tai
Chi for Beginners: Learn the 48 Form.”
In this DVD, Liang introduces
this tai chi form, describing how it is mainly drawn from the Yang style, while
including steps from Chin, Wu, Hao and Sun. Most Americans are unfamiliar with
the Taoist and Buddhist aspects of Kung Fu and Tai Chi, the place of yin, yang
and the chi; but these are brought out in this introduction. Then she
demonstrates the complete form with elegant ease and supple simplicity. Next
she does a walk-through of the 48 positions and covers some basic guidelines.
After this she delicately and descriptively takes the tai chi learner through
six instructions that cover all 48 positions.
Afterwards she completes the form again showing how it looks from behind
her back. Finally, she concludes the video with some words of encouragement.
Beyond the thoroughness of Liang’s
presentation, there are two other items that stood out. First, as she walks the
student through each section of the form, she regularly brings out their
martial application; how this move is a punch, that one is a block, why this
fist is hidden before it strikes, and so forth. Second, is the intensity of the
form. It becomes quickly obvious to the astute viewer that this simplified tai
chi – 48 form has so many moving parts that it will take weeks and months to
learn it, and come to practice it well. And in the concluding remarks Liang
makes sure to mention that it will likely take nine to 12 months to get this
“Simplified Tai Chi for
Beginners: Learn the 48 Form” is an easy-to-follow DVD. Liang’s patient
teaching manner will make this video accessible to most pupils. The martial
applications will thrill martial arts enthusiasts, while the discipline and
fitness aspects will please those desiring its health benefits. If you’re ready
to move up from the 24 position form of tai chi, this is the video to get.
Thanks to YMAA for
providing, upon my request, the free copy of “Simplified Tai Chi for Beginners –
Learn the 48 Form” used for this review. The assessments are mine given without
restrictions or requirements (as per Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part
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