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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Tai Chi For Beginners
Tai Chi For Beginners
Wellspring // Unrated // May 17, 2002
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Review by Buzz Burgess | posted May 30, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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Starring: Dr. Paul Lam
Encoding: Region 1
Format: Color, Fullscreen
Rated: NR
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Wellspring Media
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002

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Tai Chi in the official Chinese Pin Yin is known as Taiji, and its proper name is Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan). Chinese words that end in quan or Chuan (which means 'fist' in Chinese) are a form of martial art. Tai Chi is a philosophical term in Chinese and means "supreme ultimate of ultimates."

Tai Chi is a discipline that can keep you healthy and happy. It connects body and mind in relaxing and fun movements that promote health and fitness. It has been suggested in studies that it can improve conditions of arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems and other chronic illnesses. It can also improve your balance, posture while lessening depression and stress.

This video shows Tai Chi as taught and performed by Dr. Paul Lam. He is a family physician in Sydney, Australia for 26 years. Upon his graduation from medical school, he set out to research the effects of Tai Chi on arthritis, a disease he was showing symptoms of. In 1997, he designed a 12 movement "Tai Chi For Arthritis" program and "Tai Chi For Diabetics" in 2001. This video, "Tai Chi For Beginners" followed. It's a very basic introduction to the art form in an easy to follow program performed by Dr. Lam and several of his students. Several camera angles are used to assist in performing the movements correctly.


VIDEO
Clean and clear, good colors as one would expect from a new production.


AUDIO
Stereo with good definition.


MENU
Non animated menus with scene select.
- Introduction
- Play
- Scene Selection
- 24 Forms Demonstration
- Credits


EXTRAS

None.


SUMMARY
How much of an effect these movements have on well being can certainly be debated, but they do seem to aid in relaxation and increase ones range of movement. Rent it and see what it does for you.

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