- Internal Martial Arts Book
- by Peter Ralston
- Multiple martial arts
- In depth look
- Great read
Cheng Hsin Description
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.
'On the Back' of Cheng Hsin
Though born in San Francisco, Peter Ralston began studying martial arts at teh age of nine in Singapore. Whilst still a teen0ager he earned a Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Judo, Jujitsu (Goshin Jitsu No Kata) and Karate (Shotokan), and was Sumo Champion at his high school in Japan. An extraordinary well-rounded martial artist, he studied Kempo and Ch'uan Fa Kung Fu, won awards in collegiate fencing, and earned his Nidan (secodn degree black belt) in Judo at Berkeley. During this period, he began to specialize in the more internal arts of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Hsing I, Pa Kua, and Aikido. Over the years since, he has enlarged his study to include Muay Thai (Thai boxing), Tea ceremony, Western Boxing, and japanese and Chinese Fencing.
In 1978 he won first place in the the World Championship Full-contact Martial Arts Tournament in the Republic of Cina, the first non-Asian to do so. He has continued to study a wide variety of forms, including internal contemplative disciples. he presently teaches Cheng Hsin T'ui Shou, his own blend fo energetic techniques, nationally and at his school in Oakland.
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