Tai Chi Fundamentals: For Health Professionals and Instructors|
100 Minutes ©1999
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This video (also available in DVD) includes background information on tai chi and its documented health benefits. It includes movement training by Tricia Yu and movement analysis by Jill Johnson, MS., PT., GCS. A review of the clinical applications and functional benefits of the movements accompany each section. These are demonstrated in classroom, home health and rehab settings with clients of all ages. Designed to accompany the Tai Chi Fundamentals for Health Care Professionals and Instructors manual. The video provides thorough instruction and guided practice in the Movement Patterns, Fundamentals Form, and the Mind/Body Principles. A mirrored back-drop allows the viewer to see the movement simultaneously from three angles. Guided practice sessions in tranquil, beautiful outdoor settings are accompanied by peaceful music.
The program includes:
About the Fundamentals Program: The Tai Chi Fundamentals Program offers a clear system for mastering the basics of tai chi while retaining the integrity of traditional Yang Style tai chi, Cheng Man Ch'ing lineage.
- Introduction: history, philosophy, and health benefits (8 min)
- Demonstration: Fundamentals Form (4.5 min)
- Teaching in three sections: (68 min) Clinical description, therapeutic applications and benefits Mind/Body Principles Movement Patterns and Fundamentals Form instruction
- Guided practice of each section Guided Practice: Fundamentals Form (9 min)
- Guided Practice: Entire set of Movement Patterns (11 min)
This program is designed to make tai chi clear and accessible for beginners with a wide range of abilities, and for experienced practitioners wishing to refine essential groundwork. The program includes training in alignment, grounding and core movement presented in a sequence that progresses from simple to complex moves.
It also provides perspectives on the practical wisdom of this ancient exercise and its applications for daily life. Whether you are learning it for the first time, or reviewing in detail, this program can help you develop and maintain a solid foundation for your tai chi practice. Growing numbers of tai chi instructors are discovering that this program enhances learning for both introductory and advanced level students. Heath care professionals and fitness instructors are also integrating it into a number of their programs.
First, Tai Chi Fundamentals teaches you how to move correctly when you practice tai chi. The Basic Moves, also called Movement Patterns, provide training in the natural, efficient and safe body movement of tai chi. They also provide practice in coordinating breathing with movement and staying relaxed while in motion. Each movement integrates the skills from the preceding movement and progresses in difficulty. The program then offers step-by-step instruction in the simplified Fundamentals Form. The movements in the Form progress from simple to more complex and correspond to the Basic Moves.
Reviews and Excerpts From Articles
“The style, known as Tai Chi Fundamentals, combines the traditions of the Chinese practice along with modern therapeutic principles to form an exercise plan feasible for elderly adults with a range of health problems-from Arthritis to heart disease.”
— Amy Norton, Reuters Health and Medline Plus
“Tai Chi Fundamentals Program (TCF) offers a clear system for learning basic tai chi moves that are natural, efficient and safe, and have applications for therapy, function and wellness. TCF is accessible for individuals of all ages with a wide variety of abilities, including the medically complex”
— Sandra Matsuda OTRL, PhD, Diane Martin, PT and Tricia Yu MA, Rehab Management Journal, March 2005
“I have 28 videotapes on tai chi on my shelf. …[Yu has] created the best video on tai chi that I have ever viewed. … Brilliant and inspired work.”
—Jennifer Bottomley, PhD, MS, PT, review in The Gerentologist
“The visual quality is superb. … This program is of value for people who wish to learn about tai chi and want to engage in one rendition of the practice.”
—Stephen Wolfe, PhD, PT, FAPTA, review in Physical Therapy Journal
“This program is suitable to an older population, including those with chronic health conditions. …[It] evokes the peaceful spirit an focused concentration of tai chi practice.”
—Jane Mahoney, MD, University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical School
“—an important study of the basic movements of taiji and teaching methods that will enhance an advanced student’s or teacher’s appreciation of the form”
—Noah Nunberg, review in Journal of Asian Martial Arts
“Tricia Yu’s form is the simplest and easiest to learn. It is a unique exercise suitable for all ages …”
—William C.C. Chen, Grand Master, Tai Chi Ch’uan
“—can be used by physical therapists and other health care professionals as a tool in their work with clients. At the same time, teachers of traditional yang-style taiji interested in offering an introduction—--may find this—--an interesting option. If one studies Tricia Yu's "fundamentals" form,---the feeling of classical taiji will be experienced.”
—Don Arenz, review in Taijiquan Journal >
“Provides a simple, systematic approach which maintains the integrity of the traditional Yang Style form.” —American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal “This is a work that gets to the root of tai chi. It will be of value to anyone who practices or is ready to fall in love with this wonderful art.”
—Kenneth S. Cohen, MA, qigong master and author of The Way of Qigong