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As the work of a budding American Taoist, this book excels. It is not "real" Bagua but it is clearly rooted in the author and the books he learned from. He speaks to what he knows and doesn't claim deeper understand than he demonstrates. He poured his self into this book: respect!
If you buy the book and adopt it into your practice, have faith that the "bad habits" some Bagua teacher may later correct in your form later did not significantly place your health or enlightenment at risk. Mr. Williams did a fine job with his voice and tone and his compassion shines through.
This book should be required reading for any senior student in the US who aspires to become a genuine teacher. Learn from his approach and tone and the example he sets. He is Troy, no more, no less. I detect no mask in his prose.
If you want a very readable, information-packed book that doesn't try to dwell on the mysticism and traditions and lore that so many books and websites I've seen succumb to, then this should be an excellent choice for you. I'm sure hoping he puts out some more books.
Now you're not going to get a lot of "combat oriented" stuff here, and the author goes to some length to try explain his attitudes on this and other topics, which I respect, though somewhat disagree with, having had trouble brought to me on more than one occasion. However, I've never had a workout for my back that came close to doing what walking the circle does, so I can only laud this book highly just on the benefits it can provide as a workout alone. Then again, all of this stuff was developed with "martial" aspects in mind, so one way or the other, I guess a workout is a workout.
Things I liked: The writing is done well, easy to read and doesn't get too boring. Well designed.
Things I didn't like: Too many pages spent on non-bagua exercises. The person demonstrating the Bagua postures (the author?) doesn't demonstrate any maturity (shenfa) in the art. The author's insistence on making the art non-functional.