Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Scott Cole's Discover Tai Chi for Beginners - Workout Essentials|
Actor: Scott Cole
Director: Andrea Ambandos
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Open up to the pearls of wisdom that organic movement has to offer. Welcome to Discover Tai Chi for Beginners Workout Essentials. Enjoy soaring confidence, reduced stress, and exhilarating movement as you explore the myst... more »
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Okay introduction for absoulte beginners...
Rebecca Johnson | 02/13/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"however, you have to listen to a lot of New Age blabber. If you don't have much time to spend, have never done Tai Chi before, and you need a workout that is not too physically demanding, scott Cole's program really will fill the bill. However, this is not the traditional short form and the individual positions are performed differently by Cole (though they are easier to do) than by traditional Tai Chi teachers. Paul Lam's Tai Chi - The 24 Forms is a much better place to start if you've had some Tai Chi background or you want to learn according to the traditional style. Lam's DVD is detailed and precise, and includes 6 Qigong exercises as well. Personally, I found Cole's DVD a good springboard to get back into Tai Chi, but probably won't view it again now that I've stumbled across Paul Lam. Lam (a medical doctor) also has Tai Chi programs for people with diabetes, arthritis, folks who are over 50, and for absoulte beginners who need an easier introduction. But most of all, no New Age mental clutter to distract you from the beauty of the Tai Chi movements."
Perfect Introduction to Tai Chi
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 05/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""...because he is alive to difficulty. That is why he meets with no difficulty." ~Lao Tzu
Firstly this workout DVD has so many features it was quite amazing. If you are new to Tai Chi this is a perfect place to start. The music is soothing and exotic, the scenery is beautiful and the instructor's voice is calming.
Secondly, I could actually do the workout on the first try. Tai Chi looks difficult when it is done too quickly. On many other DVDs I felt that I could not learn the moves fast enough so I gave up. Scott Cole moves at a perfect pace.
Scott Cole focuses on guiding you through Tai Chi postures and training techniques. He blends martial and healing arts in order to empower you and motivate you to move in a healing direction. He was named one of the Top 5 Fitness Instructors in the world and has appeared in over 300 publications worldwide.
1. Play Features - Plays all the features
2. Chapter Selections - Pushing the Wave, Beautiful Woman Turns Her Waist, Grounded Chi Journey in Hawaii, Parting Horses Mane
3. Special Features - Postures with Narration, Postures With Music, Workbook Slideshow, Hawaii Workout to Music.
4. Audio Features - Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1
The benefits of this DVD are immediately apparent:
Upper Body Warming - blood flow definitely increases in the upper body.
Increase in Energy and Confidence
This Tai Chi workout is the best I've ever tried. It was easy to learn the exercises and I also had a few great laughs because, well, some of the postures and movements are rather funny the first time you do them.
Once you have learned the moves you can then try the workouts with just music. Once you have memorized the workouts you may find yourself wanting to do the exercises outside. The exercise routines can be done almost anywhere and you need very little space to do them indoors at home.
~The Rebecca Review"
New to Tai Chi
Christopher R. Newell | Warren, mi United States | 02/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been doing Tai Chi in my home in front of the TV now for about 8 weeks. Scott Cole presents the material in an easy to digest way and keeps it light and interesting. I own this disc and the AM/PM workout disc. This disc is a little more advanced than the AM/PM workout disc in my opinion, but it doesn't move too fast. I would recommend the AM/PM disc if you haven't studied any martial arts before. I think that the postures in the AM/PM disc are a little easier to do than the moves on this disc. That said, I think this disc is also appropriate for a beginner. The disc presents an introductory workout that gets the juices flowing. The disc menu is organized to help you do the workout, but also to get additional help on the postures. All of the moves are available from the postures menu. This is a good feature in my opinion - you can review any posture you are having problems with.Overall I really like the disc. One complaint that I do have is that the default audio is stereo. The default should be Dolby digital 5.1. The DVD player and TV can convert that signal to stereo so why make that the default mode? Anyway, enjoy.Cheers,Chris"
Fabulous introduction and a great workout
Mike Lang | 07/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm new to Tai Chi and am very happy with this video. As others have noted, Paul Lam's is a good reference, but is fairly useless as a guide for a workout. Scott knows how most people like to use these videos: standing in front of the TV, getting an extended set of demos and a chance to practice complete motions several times. It also helps that Scott makes himself a mirror image of you, so you don't have to turn yourself around in your head as you practice.
The sequence and pacing of the exercises are wonderful. Gentle seeming, but building up gradually until you may be a bit amazed at yourself. Feels like a very productive workout, and I regulary walk, run, and do calisthenics. From what I've seen, the differences in form from Lam's are small.
The "new age" references are very minor and integrated with the moves. They help to remind you that Tai Chi has a philosophy behind it, rather than just being exercise.
Scott's video is great for getting into the feeling of a connected whole-body routine. You can see his dance background behind what he's teaching you to do, though it really is Tai Chi, at least it looks like what I've seen in China. My in-laws from China, who have done Tai Chi there, give it two thumbs up.
The music and visuals are very pleasant and Scott conveys a sense of enjoyment and fun, instead of being dour or grim.
This DVD I'll use regularly. When I'm ready to prepare for competition, I'll get Lam's out of the library again."