The 32 Sword Forms - DVD
Suitable for people who have learnt the 24 Forms or another tai chi set.
Duration: 95 mins.
The Sword is a beautiful extension of the essential Tai Chi principles.
This DVD contains step-by-step instructions of the world"s most popular Tai Chi sword forms from different angles and at different speeds. The use of a sword allows further expression of Tai Chi"s essential principles.
"Your video is so easy to understand and remember. I had so much fun learning that I wanted to go to the next step!" Andy Cramer, Illinois, USA
"I use your video a lot to perfect my technique, to check accuracy of movements, listen to instructions and recall various Tai Chi principles." Jana Solovka, Vic. Australia
"I have been practicing Tai Chi for over 20 years, and I have found no one that compares with Dr Lam?your presentation and expertise are what make the difference." Ted Stark, OR, USA
"I also find that your explanations of the principles and moves are very thorough and easy to understand. Due to my working situation, going to Tai Chi classes are very difficult, but with the videos I am able to work out and learn at home and apply the principles in the class." Allan Hartshorne.
Posted by Rurik Grimnisson on 19th Dec 2012
For years I have wanted to learn Classical Tai Chi Sword but like so many others, I found it impossible to learn correctly from a book with still photos. My new Tai Chi teacher, knowing my determination, recommended Dr Lam's 32 Sword Form DVD as the best beginning platform. I'm now making excellent progress using the video as an essential revision backup and progressive learning aid. After my 24 form Tai Chi exercise, I follow up with practice of the 32 sword form both in class and at home. My joint flexibility, balance and posture comfort have increased immensely from the combination of empty hand and sword forms. This is a huge bonus for those like myself who have spinal and joint arthritis.
Posted by Bill on 11th May 2012
The 32 sword forms are Yang-derived Tai Chi forms for the Jian, or Straightsword. The series is aestetically very beautiful. In terms of difficulty, you definitely should have an empty-hand set first, but the athletic demands are not too great. There are a couple of postures which may need modification for some practitioners; in particular, one form involves crouching in a legs-crossed position. One of the strengths of this video is that various individuals demonstrate different sections, and it is possible to compare differences between how Dr. Lam performs the forms and a younger student executes the posture.
As always, the production standards are high, with good sound and image quality, and clear, well-paced instructions.