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Tai Chi - Chen Style 36 Forms DVD with Dr Paul Lam


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Tai Chi - Chen Style 36 Forms DVD
Approx total duration: 5hrs

Powerful and Artistic

Chen style features resilient and powerful internal force that is beautiful and practical, with many fascinating techniques. Chen is the original style featuring fastness complimenting softness, slowness intermixed with fastness, explosive force delivering movements, and complex expression of the spiral force. Learning it is like climbing a magnificently steep mountain, challenging and fulfilling!

Dr Lam has a deep fascination for the Chen style and has learned this set directly from its creator, Professor Kan. He has translated her book Chen Style 36 Forms Taijiquan to English and has practised the set for over forty years.
The 36 Forms is the world's most popular Chen Style set. It is a condensed version of the original 83 Forms being taught in the early part of this century by the great Chen Fake. The set is well-balanced, containing all the essential characteristics and principles of the original Forms.
  • Analysing and applying the spiral force (chan suu jing), DanTian breathing method and Tai Chi principles.

  • Step-by-step detailed and in-depth instructions

  • Close-ups, repetitions, different angles and foot prints to facilitate learning

  • Demonstrations (front and back on views) of each section and the entire set

The Program

Section 1

1. Opening Form
2. Golden Guard Stamping Feet - Right
3. Leisurely Tying Coat
4. White Crane Flashing Wings
5. Step Diagonally Forward and Twist Step
6. Lift Knee and Withdraw Hands
7. Forward Block
8. Cover with Hand and Punch with Fist
9. Double Push Palms
10. Punch Underneath Elbow
Section 2
11. Repulse Monkey
12. Step Back and Press Elbow
13. Left and Right Parting Wild Horse's Mane
14. Left and Right Golden Cock Standing on One Leg
15. Six Blocking and Four Closing – Right
16. Single Whip - Left
Section 3
17. Waving Hands Like Clouds
18. High Pat on Horse
19. Left and Right Patting Feet
20. Kicking with One Leg
21. Fists Draping Over Body
22. Back Twist with Shoulder and Elbow Punch
23. Green Dragon Emerging from the Water
24. White Gorilla Offering Fruit
25. Six Blocking and Four Closing - Left
26. Single Whip - Right
Section 4
27. Double Stamping Feet
28. Fair Lady Working at the Shuttles
29. Beast's Head Pose
30. Dragon on the Ground
31. Step Forward Seven Stars
32. Step Backward Riding Tiger
33. Turn Body, Lotus Kick
34. Forward Cannon Punch
35. Golden Guard Stamping Feet - Left
36. Closing Form

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  1. Best video instruction available 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Sep 2021

    Dr. Lam does a wonderful job explaining each of the forms. I really find helpful watching his demonstration with another person simultaneously demonstrating the form 180 degrees opposite. Perfect number of repetitions for each form before moving on. Thank you Dr. Lam!

  2. It is Possible to Learn Chen Tai Chi! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Apr 2021

    This is really a great DVD. As Paul Lam says, learning Chen Style Tai Chi can be like climbing a steep mountain. Like many others, I became fascinated with Chen after learning some of the movements with Dr. Lam's "Tai Chi for Energy" DVD's. Learning an entire Chen form, however, just seemed impossible. With this video, I feel that I will finally be able to learn the Chen 36 Form. The video takes it step by step, both with front and back views. Each movement is broken down and repeated several times. The basic principles of the form, such as spiral force, are clearly explained. Dr. Lam's love of the form really is obvious. It is a steep climb, but I am really having fun with this.

  3. So Excited! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Nov 2020

    I have always wanted to learn this form! I now feel I am ready. There is no way better to learn a form than with Dr. Lam. The Chen form burns calories and helps to keep you healthy. All Tai Chi helps to keep you healthy!

    Thank you Dr. Lam!

  4. chen 36 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Oct 2020

    Fun and good to follow after learning Energy 2.
    I would like a side / angle view to practice along with Dr Lam.
    He’s a great teacher!

  5. Chen Style 36 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2020

    I am really enjoying the DVD and learning the form. Dr. Lam is an excellent instructor!
    My only request would be that he review each new step from the beginning once a new lesson has been completed. It's often difficult to put it all together when each step is separate.