First impressions of this DVD are a bit amateurish, mainly because of the one camera recording and lack of editing. But, as I sat back and began to take note of the material being taught, I instantly changed my mind.
Taner and Graziano have recorded a DVD that is jam-packed with details, so no more demonstrations that you just simply follow along blind. What you get is fine points on structure, position and application—all delivered mainly by Sifu Taner with Sifu Graziano chipping in with some excellent key points. Naturally, we get a break down of Bong, Tan and Fook Sao, but with emphasis on feeling, forces, and correct hit lines, coupled with information on when, why and where to use these techniques. And, they are also keen to explain that this is only how they do Wing Chun, which shows great humility.
We then get onto the meat of the DVD with the Chi Sao sections. These are actually great entry drills and ideas on how to attack and counter in Chi Sao, with yet again more information of the forces involved.
Footwork is also given some time with the camera angle being adjusted to help with the learning experience. Pushing and pulling forces are explored next with each of the Chi Sao sections being delivered with the same clarity.
The only issue I have with this DVD is its short length and the fact that it is not split into chapters and therefore there are no titles. The DVD’s major strength of details is also its weakness, because things can get a bit confusing if you need to go back to a previous section, as there is no way of telling where you are. It is a pity because the sound and camera work are excellent as is the content.
Sifu Taner & Sifu Graziano’s Chi Sao Section 1
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Running Time: Approx. 52 min.
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Number of Discs: 1
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Review by: James Woodcock