on 1 February 2011
The similarities between Martial arts and philosophy are at the end of the day just that, similarities. This is shown to be the case in the in this book. Take the Post-natal set of Tiao (1:6), which the author names as Carry, (it is also known as Rising Palm or flick). To this set is attributed the 23 Hexagram of Bo, from the I Ching, which is more pictorially inspirational in its correspondence than based on hard concrete fact. The inverse of the hexagram 23 (24) is used in correspondence with a set, which is named Press by the author, which further shows the pictorially inspirational nature of this work. There may be other forms of inspiration in finding similarities, finding them and the similarities is half the fun/toil of this book.
This being said, this book is good for being a book, in English dealing with Cheng Branch, Gao Yi Shen Style, Ba Gua Zhang, It also benefits from representing the post heaven sets of the Gao Yi Shen style and for the little reference to martial arts training. And if you like playing with similarities this is a good source of such.
I did feel at times that it was an abridged version of a larger more in-depth book, which was the most disappointing part of the experience of reading this book and this is the reason it gets only 2 stars..