Monday, March 19, 2007

36 STATEGIES FOR NHB
Here are samples from a project i did for NHB. Each illustration demonstrates a strategy from the book of Qi.


Besiege Wei to rescue Zhao:
When the enemy is too strong to attack directly, then attack something he holds dear. Know that in all things he cannot be superior. Somewhere there is a gap in the armour, a weakness that can be attacked instead.


Sneak through the passage of Chencang:
Attack the enemy with two convergent forces. The first is the direct attack, one that is obvious and for which the enemy prepares his defense. The second is the indirect, the attack sinister, that the enemy does not expect and which causes him to divide his forces at the last minute leading to confusion and disaster.


Take the opportunity to pilder a goat:
While carrying out your plans be flexible enough to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself, however small, and avail yourself of any profit, however slight.


Startle the snake by hitting the grass around it:
When preparing for battle, do not alert your enemy to your intentions or give away your strategy prematurely.


Borrow another's corpse to ressurect the soul:
Take an institution, a technology, or a method that has been forgotten or discarded and appropriate it for your own purpose. Revive something from the past by giving it a new purpose or to reinterpret and bring to life old ideas, customs, and traditions.