I'm pretty disappointed overall. After reading great things about these videos I bought the series of three plus John's T'ai Chi for Liberation. I can see the potential for learning a powerful practice, but it's just a bit too confusing and impractical.
I am not a total beginner, having done some Spring Forest Qigong in the past. Which was lucky because as I worked through the study guide I came across things that conflicted with what I had learnt before (e.g. doing the active exercises two hours before eating or half an hour after. Other teachers say the opposite, 2 hrs after, 0.5 hrs before).
Closer examination shows that there are other mistakes in the study guide, where sections have been copy-and-pasted and clearly don't apply to what they're describing (e.g. rising and falling arms during "The Turtle of Long Life", which is just a movement of the head).
It's easier to learn the techniques working along with the video, and I can feel the qi powerfully. The downside is the video instruction is too long in one session (1.5 hrs) and has no guidance on how to break it up if working along with it.
I can imagine once you've learnt each position from the video, you can create your own routine, which will as little or as much time as you like. However you would need to ignore the contradictory information, somehow learning from another source what is true.
I have now started Ken Cohen's "Essential Qigong Training Course" instead, which is much better structured and not as…