There Are Plenty of Secrets
by Andrew McPherson

"Although, traditional Chinese people understand these things [concepts of the I Jing and ‘ba gua’], in varying degrees, modern Chinese and Westerners alike, generally do not."

McPherson uses the writings of Master Huang Sheng xian and critiques "his work, namely his second book," and explains to readers "either the context of what he has written" or gives additional detail. The author also includes definitions of terms and concepts, such as dan tian, nei gong, song, Zhong, Zhong ding, and Zhong xin. The book begins by defining the term "Master" as it pertains to Huang and others who have studied tai chi for decades. Subsequent chapters dig deep into the author's subject, and one, which explores Master Huang's writings, is subdivided into sections that present the original words of Master Huang followed by McPherson's critiques. Also included are a list and a description of the movements and postures (in order) with illustrations of each. The book ends with a question and answer section, a chapter further explaining the author's thoughts, and a conclusion followed by a list of terms.

The author's admiration for Master Huang Sheng xian is evident in this book. In his view, Master Huang "was essentially an 'unsung' humanitarian of the 20th Century." To explain this, McPherson lists many world problems, such as sickness, stress, and corruption which affect one's health, and writes that Huang "not only aptly identifies the problems but gives us the methods to deal with them." This explanation gives the reader insight into the writings of Master Huang, which is helpful when reading sections of his writings. McPherson's commentary is invaluable in understanding the works of Master Huang as he gives a clear definition of unfamiliar words and concepts. The illustrations of Emily Chalmers are wonderful additions that help one envision the movements and postures included. This book brings clarity to tai chi and will undoubtedly be helpful to practitioners and those considering the practice.

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