Simplified Tai chi Chuan with Applications (YMAA)

 
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The 24 Forms and the 48 Forms.

BETTER HEALTH IN 20 MINUTES A DAY!

Learn two of the most popular forms of Tai Chi Chuan, the ancient Chinese martial art which is often described as ¡®moving meditation¡¯. The ¡®Simplified¡¯ 24-posture form is taught and demonstrated by Master Liang, Shou-Yu, with martial fighting applications. The form is shown from several angles, with breathing instructions. The Standard 48-posture form is also demonstrated.

This expanded DVD edition contains much more instruction than the VHS editions. DVD-only Detail Sections for both forms instruct each movement, and offer ¡®guidelines¡¯ for refining your training. Chapter markers for each technique and extensive DVD navigation make it simple to find any posture on the DVD with just a couple clicks, so you can continue your study where you left off.

In only 20 minutes a day, you can gain the health benefits of Tai Chi Chuan: increased strength and energy, better balance, and improved bodily awareness. Excellent for beginning students, those who want a low-impact alternative to jogging or aerobics, and those with limited time for exercise.

This DVD complements the best-selling book Tai Chi Chuan¡ª24 Postures with Applications & 48 Posture Routine, by Liang, Shou-Yu & Wen-Ching Wu (sold separately).

Special Features: Over 100 Chapter sections ? Narration: English or French ? Multi-Language Menus and Subtitles: English, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, & French ? History of Tai Chi Chuan sections ? Slideshows of Master Liang demonstrating correct posture alignment ? Interactive YMAA Product Catalog with previews of all YMAA video titles.

YMAA PRODUCTION ? LIANG, SHOU-YU ? "TAI CHI CHUAN 24 POSTURES WITH APPLICATIONS & STANDARD 48 POSTURES" ? WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY LIANG, SHOU-YU WITH KELLY MACLEAN AND RAMEL RONES ? EDITED BY DAVID SILVER AND MEDIAMANIC ? VIDEO PRODUCTION SUPERVISION BY DAVID SILVER ? DIRECTED BY DR. YANG, JWING-MING

150 minutes - color/ DVD9 - NTSC -All Regions

Customer Reviews:

  • great video!!!!
    Simplified tai Chi Chuan by Master Liang, Shou-Yu, has got to be one of the best videos that I have seen on tai chi chuan so far. I am a beginner to this type and method of traing but the way the postures are described and shown on the video, opens up the channels of understanding to me on a totally new level.

    The video is broken down into sections. These sections are the history of tai chi chuan, slide show of Master Liang demonstrating correct posture alignment, the standard 48 posture form, and the simplified 24 postures with martial applications. I have to admit the section with the martial applications was very eye opening and refreshing to see just how some of these moves that I questioned before, can be turned into very effective, if not dealy, moves is done appropriately.

    All in all this was a great video. I fully intent on furthering my understanding of this beautiful, fluid art.

    Thank you Master Liang for such and in depth introduction to this wonder new world of tai chi cuan for me....more info
  • Buy It For the 24 Posture Form, Not the 48
    I wish I'D have had access to something like this DVD way back when I first learned the Yang Style 24 Posture Form, but buying a VHS tape of something like this would have been prohibitively expensive, even if it had existed back then. (BLANK VHS tapes were selling for $25.00 each in those days!) The information on this DVD is well produced, easy to access, very informative, and reasonably priced. I won't go into the details of all that is included on this DVD, as all that has been well documented in other reviews and I don't want to needlessly repeat them here. I WILL tell you what I really liked, however. Besides showing the form being performed by Master Liang from different views and teaching proper breathing cues, I really liked the self-defense applications for each of the 24 postures (even the so-called "get ready" and "closing" positions, which many people do not address). For my money, this DVD would have been just fine addressing ONLY the 24 Posture Form. I think the 48 Posture Form should have been the subject of a separate DVD, and have had as much attention paid to it as the 24 Posture Form. (It WAS nicely demonstrated by one of Master Liang's students, but I'd rather have watched HIM do it.) And there were no martial applications for the 48 Posture Form either. So if you are going to buy this DVD, buy it for the 24 Posture Form, not the 48 Posture Form. And, while you CAN learn the 24 Posture Form from this DVD, I'd recommend that you use the DVD as an adjunct to the teachings of a well qualified Tai Chi instructor....more info
  • Wise choice for Tai Chi instruction!
    "Simplified Tai Chi Chuan: Simplified 24 Postures with Applications and Standard 48 Postures" with Master Liang, Shou-Yu is an excellent DVD by YMAA for anyone who wishes to learn or better understand Tai Chi Chuan. Out of many Tai Chi instructional DVDs to choose from, this is a wise choice.

    The DVD starts out acknowledging there is a companion book that explains some aspects in greater detail. Then there is a short introduction that shares the philosophy and benefits of practicing Tai Chi Chuan. As the narrator explains, you see video of Master Liang performing Tai Chi Chuan movements and other scenes that compliment the narration.

    Next there is a brief history of Tai Chi Chuan section that was interesting, and a little blurb regarding how to learn the forms. From there, the DVD goes into the 24 Posture (Simplified) Tai Chi Chuan Postures. Master Liang first demonstrates the entire form, with subtitles appearing below him to name each of the 24 postures. This is a great preview of what is about to be taught, and a good reference as to what doing the completed form should be like. The DVD then shows the completed form from the front without the subtitles, and then the rear. Please note, you will be into the video a bit over 25 minutes at this point. (It is a long DVD, which I've found to be a trademark of YMAA, they like to pack as much into their products as possible which as a consumer I really appreciate.)

    The form is then performed again, with subtitles at the bottom providing breathing instructions. The subtitles tell you when to inhale and when to exhale with the movements. This is actually a very important aspect of Tai Chi Chuan, and all martial arts, and I liked that it was included. It will be a good tool for people to practice their breathing as they do the form, something that should be done each time.

    Next comes the 24 Posture From with Applications. This section shows each of the 24 postures done solo and then the self-defense application performed on an attacker in slow motion and then regular speed. Multiple applications are shown for some postures. There is not "instruction" during this section, only illustration or demonstration. (For me, instruction is when an instructor actually teaches you by talking, explaining, and demonstrating all together. Of course this is for video, in person the instructor also assists, corrects mistakes, etc.)

    The DVD then goes into more detail for each posture. This is done with the illustration, or demonstration of the postures and applications by Master Liang with a voice over explaining the movements. I prefer DVDs where the instructor actually talks you through things rather than a voice over. I feel that is more like the instructor teaching. However, the voice over on this DVD is done well and if the viewer does what is said and follows along with Master Liang, the form can be learned. This portion of the program is the "meat" as far as teaching the 24 postures.

    Now that the 24 Posture form has been completed, the program goes into the history of the 48 Posture Tai Chi Chaun. There is a younger female, Kelly Maclean, demonstrating the form as the brief history is told. Then she performs the entire 48 Posture form with subtitles for the posture names. As with the earlier 24 posture form, it is repeated without the subtitles.

    The program does not show the rear view next, but rather goes right to the details of the 48 Postures portion. They don't repeat the instructions for the movements that are also contained in the 24 Posture form. Like earlier, the instruction comes from a voice over while Maclean performs the movements. This section does not contain the martial applications. After the closing posture, the programs ends and goes straight to the credits.

    The DVD also contains a slide show of the postures, which is basically photographs of the postures as you would find in a book, with the posture names to the side with pleasing music playing. I liked the music, but I don't know if these slides help with the instruction, since moving video illustrates them much better than stills. (that is why having this DVD as a companion to the book is ideal) Regardless, it was an interesting extra feature.

    The production quality it top notch as I've found with all of the YMAA DVDs I've viewed. There are over 100 chapter selections to assist you with the portions of the DVD you wish to study. However, I wished the menu would have been broken down a bit more. For instance, under the 24 postures detail section, you start at the beginning. If you want posture 15, you have to hit the skip button to pass through all the others to get there. This is easy enough to do, but it would have been great to have each posture listed in the menu. (Would have been a huge menu though) Like other YMAA DVDs, this one contains the YMAA catalog and video previews of other products.

    There are a lot of Tai Chi videos out there. Some are good and others are terrible. This is definitely one of the good ones. There is a lot of information presented in a clear format. If you practice or want to practice Tai Chi Chuan, this DVD is a great resource to compliment what you are learning in a class, or if you are unfortunate enough not to have an instructor, this DVD will help your home study and you can definitely learn a lot from it if you also put in the time practicing what the DVD teaches.

    Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks and the dvds: Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking Essentials series and articles including a regular column on negotiation for The Montana Lawyer. Alain Also wrote a series of articles called Lessons From The Apprentice....more info
  • Excellent Yang Style 24/48 Postures DVD from YMAA
    If you're interested in learning about, studying and/or practicing the Yang Style 24 (and/or 48) postures form, the YMAA "Simplified Tai Chi Chuan" dvd is an excellent choice. Based on my research, I believe it's the best Yang style 24 postures dvd available.

    The 24 postures form is demonstrated beautifully and gracefully by Chinese martial arts and qigong Master Liang Shou-yu.

    After a brief history, the entire Yang 24 form is demonstrated by Master Liang in both front and rear views and once more with breathing instruction. The breathing instruction is followed by a martial application section in which Master Liang demonstrates martial applications (and variations) for each movement slowly and at regular speed. The addition of the breathing and the martial applications sections are part of what makes this dvd unique and a cut above other Yang 24 Postures dvds currently on the market.

    The next section is a 24 postures detail section in which Master Liang performs each movement step by step (and from differing angles) along with audio commentary. Also included is a slide show for each movement with arrows describing hand, body and leg movements. The YMAA dvd menu allows for easy navigation throughout the program and makes it simple to find any posture (or section) on the dvd.

    The dvd also includes a brief history of the 48 postures form, a front view demonstration of the form (performed beautifully and skillfully by Kelly Maclean), a posture detail section and a slide show. (Breathing and martial applications for the 48 postures form are not included).

    Along with the 24/48 posture forms, the dvd also imcludes sections describing the YMAA organization, a brief bio of Yang, Jwing-Ming (YMAA's founder), a YMAA catalog section, and an exciting and entertaining YMAA video previews section.

    The YMAA "Simplified Tai Chi Chuan" dvd is the perfect choice for anyone considering learning, studying, re-learning and/or improving their practice of the the Yang style 24/48 postures forms....more info
  • Apparently there is something New under the sun!
    When I saw this DVD, I asked myself: "how many Tai Chi Dvd can there be out there?" Many of these DVDs either repeat themselves or are way to weird for me.

    This one was a wonderful surprise. It covers all the basic forms; i am not going to repeat the content of the DVD becuase you can read it above.

    What I really liked about this DVD - the description of each move is accompanied by different angle: front, back, side. I also enjoyed seeing how each move is actually used in a combat situation. I have always been fascinated by the Tai Chi moves - so gentle and peaceful. I always doubted those who told me that Tai Chi is actually a Martial Art. Now, I know!

    The DVD is a keeper! The forms are explained clearly and this makes it easy to follow along.

    If yuo're looking for something new about Tai Chi, you found it!...more info
  • A must-own DVD!
    Simplified Tai Chi Chuan is an excellent DVD for anyone who wants to learn Tai Chi for either simple exercise or for self defense. I was never into working out, but I enjoy Tai Chi very much....more info
  • very good
    This is a very good visual tool for 24 forms tai chi. I wish there were more repetition, or a rewind point at each form, but it still works. It shows the fighting applications for the various forms also. Since I am using 24 forms, I have not previewed the 48 forms section. ...more info
  • Very, Very well done.
    I have been a martial artist for the past 42 years. I hold high rank in the art of Kenpo, and am an avid practitioner of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Master Liang's Dvd is easy to follow and it is one of the best Tai Chi instruction DVD's I have found. A valuable section of the program I really enjoyed is the in-depth breakdown of each technique focusing on its martial defense application. As a martial arts instructor I highly recommend this DVD to individuals wanting to learn Tai Chi or to long time practitioners. ...more info
  • Excellent companion study guide
    Almost all martial artists will say that you need a good instructor. But having a video or DVD at home that can help you remember or get through the rough spots is very helpful.

    I was given a copy of the DVD Simplified Tai Chi Chuan featuring Master Liang, Shou-Yu for Tai Chi Day (thanks Barbara). It is an excellent companion study guide, well organized and detailed on both the Simplified 24 form and the Standard 48 form.

    An outline of the content is below:

    * Intro to Tai Chi Chuan- a short description of the philosophy behind Tai Chi Chuan.
    * Intro to Simplified 24 postures (history) - details the history of the effort to take the Yang Long Form and simplify it into a form for the masses, while keeping the essence of the Long Form.
    * Names of the postures (in Chinese)
    * Simplified 24 postures
    o Front view - two versions are given, without narrative
    o Rear View - one version, without narrative
    o With Breathing Instructions - inhale and exhale indicators are show on the screen while the form is performed continuously.
    o Martial Applications - each of the 24 postures is shown, then at least one and as many as three martial applications are demonstrated in slow and regular motion. Each posture is a DVD chapter for easy searching.
    o 24 Postures Detail Section - the form is broken down into minute detail, with instructions on positioning of hands, legs, feet, and all of the movements. A ton of detail is presented, but it is done with stop motion of the form so that the instructions and the form coincide. Very well done. Again, each posture is a DVD chapter for easy searching.
    * Standard 48 Postures
    o History of 48 posture: added postures from several types of Tai Chi Chuan, details difference, including that the 24 is done at the same pace while 48 includes some Fa Jing (power emissions) done at a faster pace.
    o Names of the postures (in Chinese)
    o Front view - two versions are given, without narrative
    o 48 Postures Detail - same as with 24. Where the sequence is included in 24, the narrative is skipped. Again, each posture is a DVD chapter for easy searching.

    There are also stills include of each posture. Overall, an excellent training companion for these two forms.

    This review was originally published on my website, duskbeforethedawn.net.

    ...more info
  • very good
    This is a very good visual tool for 24 forms tai chi. I wish there were more repetition, or a rewind point at each form, but it still works. It shows the fighting applications for the various forms also. Since I am using 24 forms, I have not previewed the 48 forms section. ...more info
  • A welcome surprise!
    I practice Chen and Yang styles of Tai Chi. Just started taking a seminar on the 24 form. With this dvd I'm getting so much more out of the seminars it's amazing. I don't have a very good memory for movement sequence and have always been frustrated when I get stuck practicing a new form and have to wait for help. The only way to get better is to practice, but it's not just "practice makes perfect", it's "perfect practice makes perfect".
    Anybody taking a class or seminar will definitely benefit and the cost will be amply rewarded by the multiplied return of time and money for the class. Anyone with Tai Chi experience should have no problem picking up this form from the dvd even though an instructor is always preferred.
    Deep breath.
    Never thought I'd say this, but even a beginner could go far with just this dvd until an instructor is found. The demonstrations and explanations are clear and easy to follow. The breathing and pointers flesh out the movements. Though there are many more; some applications are shown quite well.
    And then there is the 48 postures. Got enough on my plate for now, but presentation looks just as good and it's interesting to look at another form.
    Tai Chi is a deep and rich field of practice. This is a very good helping hand....more info
  • best I could find
    I bought this video for a young friend to learn Tai Chi.I've been doing Tai Chi(chan style 24 forms)for 11yrs.I reviewed several others,the one by Dorian Ross,in my opinion being the worst.The multiple views of each form are easy to see and understand.The encouragement to take your time and learn a form at a time is an excellent idea.The views of each of the forms martial art application I believe adds a certain intangible quality,in that as one becomes proficient at the 24 forms,being able to focus on an opponent,not necessarily each round,gives an added degree of focus,I also feel will be of value and enjoyment.
    An extra bonus for me personally is the 48 forms which I've been curious about for some time and now will begin to learn for myself and expand my Tai Chi abilities.If you are an afficionado of Tai Chi watching the young lady perform the 48 forms is truly a thing of beauty and physical accomplishment.
    In my opinion I feel this is the best product of its kind on the market I could find and I looked very hard to find the best I could for my young friend....more info
  • Excellent Intro to Tai Chi Chuan
    As the title of the DVD notes, this is simplified Tai Chi Chuan. The DVD provides an excellent introduction with background history on Tai Chi and the health benefits of adding Tai Chi to your daily workout.

    The 24 and 48 postures are presented in detail along with martial applications. I was able to follow the movements fairly easily as they were shown in a slow progressions with clear explanations. I would definitely recommend this DVD to a person looking to incorporate Tai Chi into their life. ...more info
  • Tai Chi Chuan video
    Simplified Tai chi Chuan with Applications (YMAA)
    This video introduces you to the movements, forms & mood of Tai chi Chuan. This highly respected Tai Chi Master, Shou-Yu Liang, makes it look so easy and effortless.

    After viewing this video (as well as others), I no longer believe that you can learn Tai Chi by only watching videos or reading books. It is essential that you take a class, too! There you will learn routines from the instructor as well as from fellow students. Muscles will be stretched and strengthened, and breathing techniques will be learned. ...more info
  • Not for beginners
    I baught this DVD based on the name, thinking it was going to be geared towards beginners...not so!

    Although the movements are extreamly beatiful and the music in the backgrount is very calming, unless you have a pair of video glasses it is very hard to follow these instructions.

    First of all, it might have been a good idea for them to shoot this video in a room that has mirrors. Being a former Martial Arts student, this is always a big help being able to see the techneque being tought from all angles.

    This DVD starts out with a great history and demonstraits how each movment is uses as a defense, it also shows you the full form from all angles. The problem is that because you have to move in a complete circle, it is hard to see the next move from behind.

    This definately takes practice, but I strongly recomend purchasing a pair of video glasses to avoid a crampted neck!

    Personally I found the DVD to be extreamly long....more info
  • A Good Beginner's Introduction To Tai Chi Chuan
    Review of Master Liang's "Simplified Tai Chi Chuan (DVD)."

    This instructional DVD shows the student that with only twenty minutes per day the art of Tai Chi Chuan can be learned to gain the health benefits of increased strength and energy, better balance, and improved bodily awareness.

    I chose the DVD as a low-impact alternative to jogging and was intrigued by the short exercise period.

    In this DVD Master Liang helps the student learn two of the most popular forms of Tai Chi Chuan. the 24 posture or movement form and the 48 posture or movement form. Tai Chi Chuan has been described as "the ancient Chinese martial art translated as `moving meditation'."

    Through his instruction Master Liang demonstrates the "Simplified" 24-posture form along with some martial arts applications. These forms are shown from several angles for the purpose of understanding the movements and techniques for breathing are also explained. The Standard 48-posture form is then demonstrated using the same camera angles for understanding.

    Through his DVD I found Master Liang to be an effective instructor and the postures that he teaches are demonstrated in a way that is slowly and clearly enacted to be effectively followed and learned.

    From a beginner's perspective well done....more info
  • Simplified tai chi chuan is great....
    The most popular form of Tai Chi just got another boost. The Simplified Tai Chi Chaun gives you an example of what a learning DVD should be like. You get front and back views, multiple repetitions and applications of the postures. You also have a teacher who is easy to follow and executes techniques and postures as if you were in the class with him.
    You also get a look at the 48 posture form all based on the 108 move long form. Liang, Shou Yu is not doing the 48 posture but the person that is is doing a great job.
    Finally you get a detailed explaination of how to do the 24 form along with the much forgotten breathing sequence. Not every DVD or book will give you that information. These are the attention to detail that other DVD's leave out.
    Not all practice of Yang Tai Chi is the same. Master Liangs' version is slightly different than mine but that does not matter. He shows the possibilities of what you can accomplish with practice.
    ...more info
  • precise and concise
    I am a beginner in TAI CHI, after around 10 lessons taken long time ago. I use this DVD to pracise every day. It is a well done, well thought out presentation, teaching one element after another. It presents first the front view, repeats it, then the rear view, then adds the breath. The poses are presented with quiet and pleasant music which is helpful for me. You can also watch the history of TAI CHI, look at the static poses or watch the section about martial arts applications.
    For me it is a high quality training material. The only thing I cannot do with it is to pracise when I am with my back to the TV...If you buy 4 TV sets, though, and place them around the room, you are all set....more info
  • best I could find
    I bought this video for a young friend to learn Tai Chi.I've been doing Tai Chi(chan style 24 forms)for 11yrs.I reviewed several others,the one by Dorian Ross,in my opinion being the worst.The multiple views of each form are easy to see and understand.The encouragement to take your time and learn a form at a time is an excellent idea.The views of each of the forms martial art application I believe adds a certain intangible quality,in that as one becomes proficient at the 24 forms,being able to focus on an opponent,not necessarily each round,gives an added degree of focus,I also feel will be of value and enjoyment.
    An extra bonus for me personally is the 48 forms which I've been curious about for some time and now will begin to learn for myself and expand my Tai Chi abilities.If you are an afficionado of Tai Chi watching the young lady perform the 48 forms is truly a thing of beauty and physical accomplishment.
    In my opinion I feel this is the best product of its kind on the market I could find and I looked very hard to find the best I could for my young friend....more info
  • Great Value and Literally Loaded With Sound and Valid Information
    Well I had better start off this review by first stating emphatically that YMAA is absolutely fantastic on their DVD's, not only on the wealth of information that is included in every one, but also the tremendous value you get for your money. I mean really now, where else can you get a 2 ? hour long DVD filled with great and useful information on Tai Chi for a mere thirty bucks? I have paid almost as much for a DVD that wasn't even 30 minutes long. You can't go wrong with this, or really any DVD from YMAA. And now, on with the review...

    Please note that there is also a companion book available Tai Chi Chuan: 24 & 48 Postures with Martial Applications to compliment this DVD and it is one that you should consider getting in order to supplement the knowledge that this DVD contains.

    This DVD starts out with a brief history of Tai Chi itself and also the history of the 24 and 48 posture forms, which were originally a martial arts form but have now been usually applied as a means of health improvement. I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing, I guess I will leave that up to you to decide.

    Both forms are shown from two different angles, first from the front and then from the back. I felt that this really helped me to understand and appreciate the forms being shown. It also helps considerably when you are attempting to follow along with the DVD. Another nice point was the emphasis on breathing techniques as you perform each of the postures and movements.

    I noticed that this is definitely a DVD that you can't really watch all in one sitting as there are just too many things to learn throughout the DVD. Therefore, I would strongly recommend that you go ahead and watch it in perhaps 30 minute increments or even just one or two chapters at a time in order to fully get out of this DVD everything that it has to offer.

    I personally have really enjoyed many of the Tai Chi DVD's that I have viewed and have adapted a lot of the techniques to my own particular style of martial arts with great success. Something you may want to incorporate into yours as well.

    Shawn Kovacich
    Martial Artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series....more info
  • Very, Very well done.
    I have been a martial artist for the past 42 years. I hold high rank in the art of Kenpo, and am an avid practitioner of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Master Liang's Dvd is easy to follow and it is one of the best Tai Chi instruction DVD's I have found. A valuable section of the program I really enjoyed is the in-depth breakdown of each technique focusing on its martial defense application. As a martial arts instructor I highly recommend this DVD to individuals wanting to learn Tai Chi or to long time practitioners. ...more info
  • Best Yang 24-Form DVD
    This is a great DVD for learning the Yang 24-form. I actually own another DVD covering this same form, and this one is superior. I believe this, along with the companion book would allow one to learn the form safely and effectively. It is a good form for beginners, none of the individual motions are extreme. And thankfully, this video includes a view from the front and the back. This is really critical to fully understanding the nuances of the movements.

    You can take your time with this, just start learning each motion and keep practicing it as long as you need to. Then add the next one and so forth. Don't be in a hurry to learn the whole thing, there is great benefit from the very start in terms of relaxation and mindfulness.

    The footage itself is drab, no-frills. If you are looking for beautiful sets and lighting, look elsewhere. If you can look past this however, you will find this to be an excellent Tai Chi DVD....more info

 

 
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