Cheng Hsin: The Principles of Effortless Power

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Every once in a while you find a high impact book. Something that awakens something deep within and lasts forever. This is the one. It is a book that you can pick up time and time again and always gets something new out of it, or something deeper than you. Cheng Hsin is the best introduction for beginners to the internal practice of fighting. It is a seminal work that draws on T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Aikido, and Pa Kua Chang and was written by the first Westerner ever to win the world championship in a full-contact ...
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Overview

Every once in a while you find a high impact book. Something that awakens something deep within and lasts forever. This is the one. It is a book that you can pick up time and time again and always gets something new out of it, or something deeper than you. Cheng Hsin is the best introduction for beginners to the internal practice of fighting. It is a seminal work that draws on T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Aikido, and Pa Kua Chang and was written by the first Westerner ever to win the world championship in a full-contact martial arts tournament.

The renowned teacher describes the fundamentals of physical technique and mental discipline which brought him success and led to the founding of Cheng Hsin.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Principles of Effortless Power is one of the most profound books ever written about the martial arts. It has completely changed my thinking about my own art, Aikido. Every time I read the book, it opens up entirely new areas of inquiry, possibility, and realization."
-John Stone, Aikido in America

"What Peter Ralston does remarkably well is to clarify what the classics have been trying to tell us, and to offer concrete direction on how to continue growing and become better in the internal arts. You can't fix Cheng Hsin on the wall with a pin, because, as you try, you realize that Cheng Hsin is the wall, and the pin, and the action, and the intent."
-Frank LaManna, T'ai Chin Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556433023
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 707,954
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Ralston was raised in Asia and began studying martial arts at the age of nine. By the age of nineteen he was a black belt in Judo and Jujitsu (Nidan), black belt in Karate (Shodan), had been Sumo champion at his high school in Japan, Judo and fencing champion at the University of California at Berkeley, and had demonstrated proficiency in Kempo, Chuan Fa, and Northern Sil Lum Kung Fu. Later he studied Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing I Chuan, Pa Kua Chang, Aikido, Japanese and Chinese fencing, and western boxing.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction, or "How to Read this Book"
Ch. 1 The Principles of Cheng Hsin 1
Ch. 2 A Look at Body-Being Development 19
Ch. 3 Establishing a Relationship With Cheng Hsin 39
Ch. 4 The Cheng Hsin Body-Being: A Further Description 53
Ch. 5 An Introduction to Functional Considerations 65
Ch. 6 A Fundamental Consideration of Creating Ability 75
Ch. 7 Cheng Hsin Applied to an Art Form 91
Ch. 8 In Conclusion 113
Ch. 9 The Basic Principles of Cheng Hsin - Revisited 123
App. 1 An Interview with Peter Ralston - January 1979 139
App. 2 Discourse on the Art of Swordsmanship 163
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    One of the Best Books on Internal Training

    Peter Ralston is one of the most capable martial artists and at the same time, which is rare, one of the best at explaining what he does and how to do it. This book is one-of-a-kind and to the right reader can be a key to very deep skills. A must have for a martial arts or movement arts library.

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