T'ai Chi of the Wu Style (Vol. I and II) featuring Wu Ying Hua & Gerald A. Sharp
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This Two-Volume Set Features (for the first time in English) Instruction for the Wu Simplified Form, an Overview of the Traditional Slow Long Form, and T'ai Chi Applications. The Wu Style Slow Set was developed by Wu Chian Chuan and first taught publicly in Beijing, China in 1911. This video series provides the most direct evidence to date of legitimate traditional Wu Style with instruction for the Wu Simplified form (created by Ma Yueh Liang and Wu Ying Hua in 1982), a chapter of Wu Ying Hua, Wu Chian Chuan's eldest daughter, herself doing the complete Slow Long Set, as well as T'ai Chi applications from the Slow and Simplified forms. VOLUME I: The Simplified Form and T'ai Chi Applications (over 60 minutes): Main Menu: 1. Intro: Includes a brief overview of the Wu Style Simplified's development in 1982 and inner door student, Gerald A. Sharp's background. 2. Simplified Tai Chi: with Sub Menus for Instruction and Form Review. 2 a. Instruction: Provides instruction for the entire 30 form Wu Simplified Set. Next technology has been added allowing you to use your remote to go from form-to-form as needed. 2 b. Form Review: With a Further Sub Menu broken down as follows: 2 b. 1: Front Angle (with Titles). Includes next technology allowing you to use your remote to go from form-to-form as needed. 2 b. 2: Rear Angle 3. T'ai Chi Applications: Presents Self Defense Applications from 22 forms from both the Simplified and Slow Forms (many with multiple apps) in Clear Detail and with Close-Ups. Covered are how to use spring energy, relaxing to create space and counter, warding off, diverting, joint-locks, take-downs, and submissions. Next technology has been integrated allowing you to use your remote to go from app-to-app as needed. VOLUME II: The Slow Set (over 70 minutes): 1. Intro: Includes a brief overview of the Wu Style Slow Set's development from Quan You to Wu Chian Chuan to Wu Ying Hua and Ma Yueh Liang, as well as inner door student, Gerald A. Sharp's background. 2. Slow Set (Front Angle with Titles): Gerald A. Sharp performs the Wu Style Slow Set in over 25 minutes without stopping. The titles of the names of all 89 forms (plus each of the six sections) are shown. Next technology has been added allowing you to use your remote to go from form-to-form as needed. 3. Rear Angle: Gerald A. Sharp performs the Wu Style Slow Set in over 25 minutes without stopping from a rear angle. 4. Demonstration of Teacher Wu Ying Hua: Rare archival footage of Wu Ying Hua, Wu Chian Chuan's, eldest daughter, performing the entire Wu Style Slow Set. This footage was shot with equipment that is not as technologically advanced as today, and therefore the demo appears somewhat grainy and at faster speed than it was actually practiced. While the video's quality on this chapter is substandard, and there are some glitches, the educational content outweighs the limitations of the video footage. 5. End Credits: Provides an inspirational message for life-long, daily practice, as well as credits for the production of this series. Wu Style T'ai Chi is one of the most internal forms of the art. Slow, smooth, and patient, the Simplified and Slow Sets foster five characteristics as follows: Stillness, Lightness, Slowness, Exactness, and Perseverence. The Wu style has very precise footwork and movements that ultimately sets the practitioner free from an endless cycle of form correction without an objective criteria for competent practice. The simplicity of the movements helps the practitioner move on to more in-depth levels of understanding earlier in their development. This form is for those wishing to develop a deeper understanding of the internal aspects of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, as well as precise applications of the principles of the art.