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For those seeking humor, or those willing to tap their scrotums to train their groins...
on March 13, 2015
Although this book attempts to translate directly Chinese to English from its source of historical reference, and does a good job at retaining the original text, it has not made much of an editorial effort in improving upon the material, whether literature or illustration wise. Hence, the reader is stuck with somewhat vague instructions for antiquated and useless training methods such as "one should train his finger daily on a wall or a tree trunk (...) It is necessary to strike with your forefinger at a wall or other objects (...) The skin tears off, muscles and sinews swell and hurt, but it is necessary to continue (...) The soft skin becomes hard. After three years of training the finger will become like a tree brunch (yes, they spelled it that way without editing)" or "After that, it is necessary to sit quietly with your crossed legs and tap on testicles with a palm. It is quite painful in the beginning. (...) Painful felling (yes, another misspelled word) Will disappear in the course of time" or "Tie small bags of coarse fabric with iron shot (treated in pig blood) to your arms and legs. (...) You have to run on the wall in the horizontal position every day."
The illustrations are probably even worse if there are any at all. Please have a look at the photos I've attached to this review. At this point, I'm really thinking of returning this book, save for the fact that it made me cry from laughing too hard.