Learning From A DVD???
While learning Tai Chi from a book or DVD is not advisable, those of you (and you know who you are) that have taken our classes or who have studied with a qualified Tai Chi instructor can benefit from a DVD. We can recommend two excellent DVDs: "Qigong/Yiquan" & "Stillness in Movement, The Practice of Tai Chi Chuan" by Sifu Fong Ha.
In the interest of full disclosure, Sifu Fong Ha is our teacher and our parent company produces the DVD for Fong.
However, one of the few Yiquan teachers in the West, Fong Ha is well known for his power, graciousness, and cosmopolitan charm. With humor and insight, he encourages students to be true to themselves, to recognize their inner strengths, develop at their own pace, and actualize their potentials. He directs the Integral Chuan Institute in Berkeley, California and teaches nationally and internationally.
Sifu Fong Ha has been practicing Chinese internal arts since his childhood and has studied with many renowned teachers. He began his studies of Yang-style Taijiquan in 1953 with Tung Ying-chieh, and continued with Yang Sau-chung, the eldest son of Yang Cheng-fu.
The two DVDs can be purchased through our DVD eStore or directly from him: Sifu Fong Ha
I do provide a DVD to help learn Tai Chi principals. Students must be on their way to learning the first section of the short form. This is usually after several 12 week classes. I provide the DVD for a modest cost of $5 for production costs.
Beginning students are preoccupied with trying to remember how to perform the postures, i.e. "where do I put my hands, where is my weight, is my left hand facing in or out". Once they get beyond this focusing point they can start to feel their balance and understand how to move it. This is where the DVD can make a difference.