Product: Simplified 24 Forms Tai Chi Quan (DVD)
Instructor: Li Deyin
Performer: Su Renfeng
Published by Beijing TV Art Center Publishing House
Media: 1 DVD (Is my DVD player able to play this DVD?)
Language: Soundtrack Mandarin Chinese and English, Chinese and English Subtitles
The most popular and wide-spread styles are: Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan, Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan, Wu-style Tai Chi Chuan, Wu Yuxiang-style Tai Chi Chuan and Sun-style Tai Chi Chuan.
To make it easier to be followed by beginners, old Tai Chi master Li Tianyi, uncle of Li Deyin, along with other masters, developed a simplified and shortened version of the Tai Chi Chuan in 1956 by dropping repetitious and difficult movements. It originated from the basic movements of the Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan. This style had easier movements and actions, which combined hardness, softness and a natural flow. Practitioners could relax to form softness, which then transforms into hardness.
The new short form consisted of 24 movements, and this routine could be performed in four to eight minutes. It was less physically demanding than longer forms and especially appealed to older beginners who want to improve their health.
Practicing short forms could also lay a sound foundation for learning longer forms or other styles of Tai Chi Chuan
The video program of Simplified 24 Form Taijiquan by Li De Yin shows the principal points of body shape, hand shape, hand movements, footwork, leg positions, etc. Front and back views of the form are demonstrated by Su Renfeng with the sound of the well-known music "Tai Chi Melody". Step-by-step instructions and demonstration, by Professor Li Deyin - the world's highest authority on the 24 form. This form is the most widely taught version of Tai Chi and typically might take around six months to learn from scratch. The DVD is sensibly divided into 13 chapters for easy revision.
Simplified 24 Form Taijiquan is designed for beginners.