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|YMAA 25-Year Anniversary 2-DVD Chinese Martial Arts|
Kung Fu, Tai Chi
Actors: Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, Liang Shou-Yu, Li Mao-Ching, Jou Tsung Hwa, Ramel Rones
Director: David Silver
Genres: Educational, Sports, Documentary
Celebrate 25 Years of Excellence Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming established Yang s Martial Arts Association in 1982, and it has grown to 55 schools in 18 countries. Dr. Yang has written more than 30 books and 80 instructional video... more »
Very interesting and entertaining tribute to YMAA's first 25
Alain B. Burrese | Missoula, MT | 08/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The "YMAA 25-Year Anniversary" DVD compilation is a fascinating look at Dr. Yang's life and the progression of YMAA as it materialized from a distant dream into an international martial arts community and network. This tribute DVD set is presented on two disks and contains video footage, photographs, and interviews.
The material includes a short bio of Dr. Yang and an interview where he shares the motivation of wanting to preserve what his masters taught him, and why he has written so much and why he has taught in so many DVDs. Then the program includes performances of solo and group kung fu and taiji sequences, demonstrations, and interviews. Video footage includes Taijiquan, Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Liuhebafa, Shaolin Long Fist, White Crane, and many weapons.
The quality of the DVD is excellent as with all of the products I've received from YMAA. The DVDs have an easy menu system and also included is an eight page booklet that includes all of the chapters presented on the DVDs. This guide is very nice to have to assist in finding a particular segment you wish to view. Some of the older footage is just that, older. So the quality is not the same as those that are filmed in YMAA studios. Sometimes lines are present, lack of focus, lack of color, etc. But that is what you get from older video footage. The great thing is to actually have that old footage and get to see Dr. Yang and students of his perform various demonstrations. They did an excellent job of transferring that old footage to the DVD to preserve it. So when I say the quality is excellent it refers to the way YMAA put all of the footage together and created menus to find things. The various segments differ in that sometimes the camera is moving, focus, etc. It's not a studio video but a collection of many clips from demos spanning the last 25 years.
Disk one includes the bio of Dr. Yang, school demos and Taste of China demos from 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, demonstrations from the 1994 China tour, some footage from the expansion of the Boston school in 1991, documentary of YMAA from 2000, forms from 2000 YMAA summer camp - Hungary. There are a lot of demonstrations on this DVD. Personally, I found the ones by Dr. Yang and some of the older masters the most interesting, but I also enjoyed seeing some of Dr. Yang's younger students perform. There is a wide section of material covered in the demonstrations including many forms, various weapons, and even some self-defense applications being shown.
Disk two picks up where the first disk stopped with demos from the 2002 YMAA summer camp - Hungary. There are then demos from the 2002 YMAA 20th year anniversary, 2002 YMAA summer camp - South Africa, 2003 YMAA summer camp - South Africa, 2004 summer camp - South Africa, 2005 YMAA summer camp - Portugal, 2006 YMAA summer camp - South Africa, a 2007 interview with Dr. Yang and finally a short piece from the 2008 Nicholas C. Yang ceremony. Disk 2 also contains the standard YMAA extras, including video clips of other titles and the YMAA catalog.
If you like martial art demonstrations or if you would like to see the history and progression of Dr. Yang and YMAA, you should check out this DVD. I really enjoyed watching it, seeing the older footage, and gaining some extra wisdom from Dr. Yang. I especially found his words during the final segment of the 2008 Nicholas C. Yang ceremony regarding when you age and what you do very poignant. Very interesting and entertaining tribute to YMAA's first 25 years!
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."
25 year DVD
K. Hunter | 09/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of Dr. Yang since about 1985. I have read many of his books and have several of his DVD's. I however do not live in an area where he has a school, so receiving these DVDs was a real pleasure. The DVD starts with a backround look at Dr. Yang's personnel history and has many pictures from his life in Tawain. There are several interviews and lecture moments that give you insight into this mans dream. The video footage is mostly of demostrations that his school has done throughtout the years and was a real pleasure to see. For anyone interested in seeing authentic traditional CMA take a look at these DVDs."
A Lot More To This Video Than Meets the Eye
Shawn Kovacich | The Greatest Little City in the World | 12/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At first glance one would expect this video to be of no interest whatsoever except to maybe the students of Dr. Yang, I mean seriously, who would want to sit down and watch almost six (6) hours of a retrospective on a martial arts instructor and his publishing business? Well let me tell you something, I would and so will you once you see all the truly remarkable demonstrations of Chinese martial arts that are presented over a 25 year period and involving some of the greatest practitioners of the Chinese martial arts in the last 100 years.
I really found myself speechless as I watched this video and all of these really eye-opening demonstrations that were being given and then hearing the truly remarkable Dr. Yang talk about his humble beginnings and his dream of building YMAA into what it is today and what it is going to be tomorrow. Owning this video is like owning a great piece of martial arts history.
Martial Artist/Krav Maga Instructor
Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series."
A must have for any Yang, Jwing-Ming fan
AndyJ | Chicagoland | 02/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD set is a great celebration of the works of Dr. Yang- Jwing-Ming one of Qigong most sought after masters. From his humble beginnings to his creation of the YMAA to his ultimate creation of a monk like training setting he has created the mountains of California Dr. Yang has been a pioneer in spreading the benefits of qigong to the world. A majority of this DVD set is demonstrations of his students at various retreats over the years performing various tajiquan exercise, with different weapons, and with partners on occasion. Very cool to see a lot of forms packed into one DVD set. There are also some interviews with Dr.Yang and even with his old masters! A must have for your collection if you are a fan of YMAA, Dr.Yang, or just enjoy and appreciate watching different forms performed masterfully!"