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"Yang Tai Chi for Beginners (DVD)" By Dr. Yang. Jwing-Ming. A Review
Yang Tai Chi
for Beginners (DVD)
Publication Center, Inc.
PO Box 480
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
February 2012; $29.95
Steady and Sequential:
5 of 5 Stars
is spreading through the United States like a dust storm blowing across the
Oklahoma plains! I have seen versions of it surface in adult care facilities,
libraries, yoga centers, YMCAs, and hospitals. But what is the meaning of Tai
Chi, its various purposes, and its benefits? All of those questions, and more,
are answered in the 293 minute instructional DVD, “Yang Tai Chi for Beginners,” by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, award-winning
martial artist and instructor.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming walks the learner/viewer through
the longer form of Yang style Tai Chi, a form that includes 37 postures and 113
stances. Though the thought of learning 113 stances may sound daunting, the majority
of the steps are repeats of the 37 postures being done in several different
directions throughout the form. Therefore the student is really only learning
the 37 postures, with a good amount of muscle-memory reinforcement. Proper
breathing is also emphasized, when to inhale, exhale, and how to breath.
In the first half of the DVD Dr. Yang breaks the
form down into three segments. The first is the most instruction-intense
because almost all of postures surface here. He spends a considerable amount of
time explaining stances, spine position, foot location, hand action, fluidity,
and movements from one part to the next. But also, since Tai Chi is a martial
art, Dr. Yang emphasizes the self-defense features that are just under the
surface. To the untrained eye Tai Chi may look limp, lithe and primarily about
relaxation, yet Dr. Yang makes a strong case for the self-protective facet
flowing in the postures and positions that are not easily perceived.
The second half of the DVD is set up for the learner
to practice the three segments of the Yang style Tai Chi uninterrupted. Accompanied
by the calming music playing softly in the background, the viewer can follow,
step-by-step, with Dr. Yang. There’s even a rear-view part in the DVD to make
following along easier. Finally Dr. Yang spends a few moments explaining the history
of Yang style Tai Chi, why it is more popular than another type, how it gets
easily and thoughtlessly promoted only for its relaxation benefits, and why the
fighting purpose of the form is important to keep in mind.
“Yang Tai Chi for Beginners” is a pleasant
instructional DVD for those wanting to learn Tai Chi, get extra coaching outside
their classes, or pick up the self-defense principles in the form. This DVD
would make an ideal addition to the loanable resources at a martial arts school.
It would also be fitting for a public or private library, and is invaluable for
studying at home. I highly recommend “Yang Tai Chi for Beginners (DVD).”
Thanks to YMAA Publication Center, Inc. for
providing, upon my request, the free copy of “Yang Tai Chi for Beginners” used
for this review. The assessments are mine given without restrictions or
requirements (as per Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255).
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