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Thirty Six Strategies of Ancient China.

 

friends I do have are not that generous. I really appreciated it and of course I want my “blessings” if you will call them that to continue so 
I am eager to share my knowledge again.
   The book details the so-called “Thirty Six Stratagems” that have been famous in Martial arts and the military history of China for 
perhaps thousands of years. The thirty six strategies are simple proverbs but they contain the essence of all ways and methods of 
winning that are used in all competitive endeavors. 
Whether your area of battle is chess, poker, warfare, martial arts or business I assure you these stratagems can serve you well on your 
journey to victory.
 1.Fool The Emperor To Cross The Sea.
2.Besiege Wei To Rescue Zhao.
3.Kill With A Borrowed Sword.
4.Await The Exhausted Enemy At Your Ease.
5.Loot A Burning House.
6.Clamour In The East, Attack In The West.
7.Create Something From Nothing.
8.Openly Repair The Walkway, Secretly March To Chancan.
9.Observe The Fire On The Opposite Shore.
10.Hide The Dagger Behind A Smile.
11.Let The Plum Tree Wither In Place Of The Peach.
12.Seize The Opportunity To Lead The Sheep Away.
13.Beat The Grass To Startle The Snake.
14.Borrow A Corpse To Raise The Spirit.
15.Lure The Tiger Down The Mountain.
16.To Catch Something, First Let It Go.
17.Toss Out A Brick To Attract Jade.
18.To Catch The Bandit First Capture Their Leader
19.Steal The Firewood From Under The Pot.
20.Trouble The Water To Catch The Fish.
21.Shed Your Skin Like The Golden Cicada.
22.Shut The Door To Catch The Thief.
23.Befriend A Distant Enemy To Attack One Nearby.
24.Borrow The Road To Conquer Guo.
25.Replace The Beams With Rotten Timbers.
26.Point At The Mulberry, But Curse The Locust Tree.
27.Feign Madness, But Keep Your Balance.
28.Lure Your Enemy Onto The Roof, Then Take Away The Ladder.
29.Deck The Dead Tree With Silk Blossoms.
30.Exchange The Role Of Guest For That Of Host.
31.The Strategy Of Beautiful Women.
32.The Strategy Of Open City Gates.
33.The Strategy Of Sowing Discord.
34.The Strategy Of Injuring Yourself.
35.The Strategy Of Combining Tactics.
36.If All Else Fails Retreat.
 Check out the website version of this book for a detailed explanation of each stratagem 
For more info on the amazing culture of China check this lovely site
 http://www.cultural-china.com/

 I am holding in my hands a book, one which I have dreamt of reading for a couple years now, one which I have never seen in any Jamaican bookstore, it’s entitled “The Thirty Six Strategies of Ancient China” by Stefan Verstappen. 

36cover

 The book, being in my hands now, is proof that dreams can become reality (although it may take awhile and happen in an unexpected way). It also proves what I said in the much earlier post “Tit for Tat” to be true.

    I had given my knowledge, of various other books, freely in my Facebook status messages and it caused an intense discussion about a few books worth reading. Some suggested “Think and Grow Rich”, others said authors like Wallace Wattles and Elmer Wheeler (I mentioned an old book by Wheeler which is fully described in the post “Make Daydreams Come True” ) during all this discussion. An old time high school friend of mine named Alison Walker-Grant, who was in the Facebook discussion, offered to get me some of the self help and success books we were talking about and I mentioned this title by Verstappen to her instead as one I was really eager to read.

   I was still somewhat surprised to actually see the book arrive in my mailbox. Surprised  simply because… well… I hardly have any real friends, even though I’m a near celebrity on Facebook, and the few friends I do have do not seem to be very generous, material-wise.

   So I really appreciate the gift and of course I want my blessings to continue flowing so I am eager to share my knowledge again.

   The book details the so-called “Thirty Six Stratagems” that have been famous in Martial arts and the military history of China for perhaps thousands of years. The thirty six strategies are simple proverbs but they contain the essence of all ways and methods of winning that are used in all competitive endeavors. 

Whether your area of battle is chess, poker, warfare, martial arts or business, or some other competitive field, I assure you these stratagems can serve you well on your journey to resounding victory.

 1.Fool The Emperor To Cross The Sea.

2.Besiege Wei To Rescue Zhao.

3.Kill With A Borrowed Sword.

4.Await The Exhausted Enemy At Your Ease.

5.Loot A Burning House.

6.Clamour In The East, Attack In The West.

7.Create Something From Nothing.

8.Openly Repair The Walkway, Secretly March To Chancan.

9.Observe The Fire On The Opposite Shore.

10.Hide The Dagger Behind A Smile.

11.Let The Plum Tree Wither In Place Of The Peach.

12.Seize The Opportunity To Lead The Sheep Away.

13.Beat The Grass To Startle The Snake.

14.Borrow A Corpse To Raise The Spirit.

15.Lure The Tiger Down The Mountain.

16.To Catch Something, First Let It Go.

17.Toss Out A Brick To Attract Jade.

18.To Catch The Bandit First Capture Their Leader

19.Steal The Firewood From Under The Pot.

20.Trouble The Water To Catch The Fish.

21.Shed Your Skin Like The Golden Cicada.

22.Shut The Door To Catch The Thief.

23.Befriend A Distant Enemy To Attack One Nearby.

24.Borrow The Road To Conquer Guo.

25.Replace The Beams With Rotten Timbers.

26.Point At The Mulberry, But Curse The Locust Tree.

27.Feign Madness, But Keep Your Balance.

28.Lure Your Enemy Onto The Roof, Then Take Away The Ladder.

29.Deck The Dead Tree With Silk Blossoms.

30.Exchange The Role Of Guest For That Of Host.

31.The Strategy Of Beautiful Women.

32.The Strategy Of Open City Gates.

33.The Strategy Of Sowing Discord.

34.The Strategy Of Injuring Yourself.

35.The Strategy Of Combining Tactics.

36.If All Else Fails Retreat.

 Check out the website version of this book for a detailed explanation of each stratagem 

http://www.chinastrategies.com/table.htm

For more info on the amazing culture of China check this lovely site

 http://www.cultural-china.com/

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2 Comments »

  1. Sounds interesting, I think I would like to know what the explanation of each is. I especially like “Kill With A Borrowed Sword.” though, very good one hehehe!

    Comment by Stunner | May 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. The link at the bottom of the article has explanations of each Stratagem or Strategy and they are famous enough to be found on Google also.

    Most of the strategies can be applied in various ways it’s really left up to your imagination.

    For instance “Kill with a borrowed sword” sounds simple enough but it can mean, getting someone else to do the dirty work, it can mean taking your enemy’s strength from him, it can also refer to pinning the blame on someone else, among other interpretations.

    Comment by heavylogix | May 17, 2009 | Reply


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