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good for the arm chair practitioner
on 11 August 2014
If you are looking at learning the theoretical side to the practice of Nei Gong/Tai Chi, and want to get one up down the pub when it comes to having good banter about how much you know about this subject (that nobody will ever understand anyway) this probably fits the bill.
The book is crammed with lots of theory, actually, just a bit too much for me.
I prefer a more hands on approach. Too much has gone into the theory, which even with a mind of a computer would not have the ability to digest, and remember, then put this into practice. Hardly any explanation has gone into the actual exercises, more pictures are needed... showing only a few examples of the exercises in practice, which without a proper instructor would be pretty much impossible to do correctly.
I am not a disbeliever in this author's content since Chinese arts and philosophy can only be appreciated with a deeper understanding, cannot be proven, but equally cannot be discredited. But my point is that if you are looking it really put this into practice, this book is not enough, go get an instructor.
So good points:
* Learn lots of daoist theory to give potential teachers the impression of being knowledgeable
* Full of diagrams about meridians, energy channels, etc. if that stuff is really important to you.
* Unlock your imagination on learning about energy fields. If you believe in them, and you feel good about them, then I guess there is nothing wrong with it.
* Definitely good if you like the "mystical" side of the art, and want to me mystified in order to keep your mind and belief occupied
* If you really want to walk away and start to practice Nei Gong, you're probably wrong.
* Would need the mind of a computer to remember the content to then put into practice.
* Not enough emphasis on the exercises, which to me is the most important part, since without exercise, knowledge is useless.
* If you're a hands on person, you probably won't get to the end of the book and will wonder if you could have spent your money in a better place.
If I were given a second chance, I would not be buying this book. This is no disrespect to Damien Mitchell, this probably does works for him and others, but it's just not for me.