Internal martial arts texts and instruction are full of images and symbolism. In part this is intrinsic, as the nature of internal martial arts implies that mechanical or physical descriptions cannot represent the instructions. In part this is contextual, as any practices naturally comes with its cultural backgroud: names of movements, instructions, criteria all refer back to the same background symbolism.
Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art(中國吉祥圖案) is not a book intended for martial arts practitioners. It is however very useful, as it is quite extensive and detailed. Its organisation, as a thematic dictionnary, allows for browsing through different categories, and moving to related topics.
As a reading companion for a western practitioner, this is a very handy book, even if one is not interested in art in general.

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