DVDs: SUN LU TANG

Sun Lu Tang was a very influential practitioner and writer. His three forms of expertise: Tai Chi; Xing Yi and BaGua were - in his writings - subsumed under the general heading of "Internal Styles" a designation still used today. Here are a number of DVDs showing various aspects of Sun's particular approach. .

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DVD#24292 through 24295 A FOUR Volume (5 disk) set: Sun style Tai Chi Chuan
Presented by Tim Cartmell
Here is an extensive explanation and exploration of the Tai Chi of Sun Lu Tang. Tim Cartmell is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese martial arts, a jujitsu tournament champion and a well-known translator of Chinese martial texts. He is also a particularly precise and well-spoken instructor who, like any good teacher, takes nothing for granted while showing you his Sun Tai Chi and yet keeps a lively and informed flow of instruction while never overstating.

This series actually has FIVE DVDs but the first two are priced the same as one, so you get a bonus on the postures, warm ups and general principles of the art, a very good presentation in its own right.Next Mr. Cartmell explains the entire Sun set. He does this with extremely clear and precise instruction; he has a good mind for the details covering what you should and should not do without swamping you. He also shows the postures "loaded" where he uses pressure and pushing to show the correct skeletal alignment for proper Tai Chi. He also shows applications and his own throwing techniques demonstrating every posture and its application.

Pretty much following all of his previous work, Tim Cartmell has given us a thorough and exceptional presentation. There will be those who think his posture too arched or high, but according to his very detailed instructions these are chracteristics of the Sun. A particularly good demonstration for people with "martial minds" who can translate angular, quantitative and coordinated instructions into movement. If you can't raise your left hand without slapping yourself in the face, this series is not for you.

DVD volume #1 (24292)  $39.95
DVD volume #2 (24293)  $39.95
DVD volume #3 (24294)  $39.95
DVD volume #4 (24295)  $39.95
Entire Set (5 disks)  $159.80 PLUM price $144.00 (10% discount)



DVD#12005 A Double DVD set on the art of Bagua
This is a twin DVD set of instruction on the art of Baguazhang by teacher Joanna Zorya.It is composed of two DVDs which were formerly separate. These include...
A Martial Foundation for Baguazhang :
"A Martial Foundation for Baguazhang" shows circle walking, postures and stepping methods as well as palm striking and kicking techniques. It should give you a reasonable grasp of how and why the system works and enable you to "make your training your own." I've always felt that if you want to get good at something you need to know why you're doing it."
Sun style Bagua Zhang and forms :
"Sun style Baguazhang" shows the 10 Sun Style Palm Changes as described in Sun Lutang's book, plus plenty of combat applications."This set of TWO DVDs is now only
Quantity  $55.00
with about fifty minutes per disk


PLUM SPECIAL: Buy two or more volumes of any J. Zorya DVDs (includingTaiji and XingYi) and receive a 10% discount!
Here are Ms. Zorya's notes from her slipcase...

DVD#10025 Sun Tai Chi Sun Style Survey

SUN JIAN-YUN, the daughter of the very famous martial artist and writer, Sun Lu-Tang leads this demonstration tape of the Sun Style. Though the cover lists Sun T'ai Chi there is more here than that. This is not an instructional DVD but starts with a performance of Sun T'ai Chi by Sun Jian-Yun, herself an "old Shihfu". Other students and family members help demonstrate T'ai Chi, Sun Style Ba GuaPartner Sword practice, Sun Style Hsing Yi Fist Set, and a rather nice Sun style Xing Yi sword. Little talking but a lot about the Sun style for the interested student.

60+ Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles  

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DVD#10027 Sun Tai Chi Sun Tai Chi Sword

SUN JIAN YUN. Sun Style sword demonstrated and taught by Sun Lu Tang's own daughter - Sun JianYun. She's now a very old lady, but what a historical document! Complete demonstation of the Sun Style straight sword where not only T'ai Chi but the flavor of Sun other major styles: BaGua and Xing Yi are retained. Further demonstrated and broken down by another member of the Sun family style. This set is divided into two parts, moves 1-38 then 39 to the end. According to the box the "two swords can be divided for single exercise of divided for attack and defense exercises."

60+ Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles 

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DVD#10030 Sun Tai Chi Long Set
Double DVD About 2 Hours

This is a double DVD with over two hours of performance. Here Sun Lu Tang's own daughter demonstrates the elements and specifics of Sun Style T'ai Chi. She exhaustively goes over each move and with the help of a student shows proper form and execution. Though bent with the years - her life in China has been a hard one - she shows the resilience and true spirit of her family art. For those interested in one of the acknowledged "Five Family Styles" of T'ai Chi, here's the source.
Double DVD.

Double DVD Mandarin/ English Subtitles       

Quantity  $32.95

 

DVD#10675 Sun Tai Chi Long Competition Form


With Li Cheng Xiang. who is also a fifth generation inheritor of Shaolin Tai Tzu. This is a gracefuland soft rendition of the Sun Tai Chi suitable and constructed for competition. It contains 73 postures and retains all the essentials of the form. Li Shihfu has obviously been practicing for a while. Sun Tai Chi is lively with a little mixing in of Xing Yi and Ba Gua and is therefore often known popularly as "Open Close Tai Chi" or "Livley Stepping Tai Chi."

60+ Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles    

Quantity   $19.50