Peter Ralston Pushing Hands in Jasnieres
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In 1978 Peter
Ralston became the first non-Asian ever to win the World
Championship full-contact martial arts tournament in the
Republic of China.
raised in Asia and began studying martial arts as a child.
By age 20, he had black belts in judo, jujitsu, had been
sumo champion at his high school in Japan, judo and fencing
champion at UC Berkeley, and was training in
northern sil lum kung fu, western boxing, and muay
thai. Interest in the "internal" arts lead to a
committed study of t'ai chi, hsing I, pa kua, and aikido.
is centered on developing the Art of Effortless Power and Zen
Contemplation. He teaches internationally and at his Center in
and is the author of six books, including
Principles of Effortless Power,and
His newest book about the nature
of consciousness is
Book of Not Knowing
approach and no-nonsense teaching style have made him a favorite
of experienced martial artists and newcomers alike.
He is an
authority in his field, and in Europe is called "the
Muhammad Ali of the internal martial
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Dear Friend of
T'ai Chi and the Tao,
During my 40
years of T'ai Chi playing and meditation practice I have studied and
taken workshops with many notable and worthy teachers.
Last year I
had the honor of being Peter's demo partner for an entire weekend of
Effortless Power work.
I can honestly
offer that I have never felt this kind of energy in all the wonderful
teachers I have worked with; it is a quantum leap. There simply is no
one else to compare him to.
I am SO EXCITED
to announce Peter's return visit to Northampton. Last year's workshop
was an effortless success thanks to Peter and all the wonderful
people who attended.
we are expanding a bit in both space and texture. Valley Aikido
in Northampton is excited to be co-hosting the workshop in their
gorgeous dojo (Click under "Quick Links" -above left- for
their website); complete with beautiful mats for any floor work Peter
wants to do. Northampton is one of the most vibrant and
'energy-centered' cities in Massachusetts.
I first became
acquainted with Peter through his book, The Principles of Effortless
Power over 13 years ago and have been a 'virtual'
student of his ever since, reading and re-reading the book many times
over the years. It is my great delighted pleasure to bring him
back to the New England area for another workshop.
would be delighted if you can join me in experiencing this remarkable
martial arts, consciousness, effortless power teacher.
Thursday Evening, Sept 19th, 7-9PM
"Not Knowing" Dharma Talk
can be attended separately from the weekend workshop) $10.00
innovators are, by definition, ahead of their time. Therefore, they
remain largely unrecognized, except by a few. How many of us wish we
had met Bruce Lee, sat in a session with Carl Jung, or walked around
Walden Pond with Thoreau? Too late for that, but not too late to take
notice of Peter Ralston. His creativity, commitment, and clarity
shine through as he articulates higher principles based on direct
experience and piercing insight. A caring teacher, he has been to the
mountaintop and bathed in the spring of Being. His insights speak to
Millman, author of "Way of The Peaceful Warrior"
Peter will be
holding this separate evening session, engaging you over your
questions about the nature of consciousness, beliefs, Being, and
on The Book of Not Knowing from Amazon.com
-"Ralston is simply the best
writer and teacher out there if one is interested in exploring
consciousness and the truth."
-"If I ran a spiritual
training center, an ashram, zen or martial arts center, or even a
university philosophy/religion or psychology program, I'd have
students read this book as soon as they entered training and again at
the end of it."
-"This book will change the
way you look at everything."
Effortless Power Workshop Sept 20-22, 2013
this workshop all over the world. The experience is valuable for
anyone who wants to deepen their ability to move effortlessly,
whether as a martial artist, T'ai Chi player, yoga practitioner,
dancer, or healer. In my experience, Effortless Power is a unique
aspect of Peter's teaching, not found in any other art but which can
be applied to enhance any movement-based discipline.
There is a naturally occurring
power already present in the body. By training proper structure
and energy alignments, we can use this intrinsic strength to
it's maximum effectiveness to develop Effortless Power.
Developing the use of this unique
source of power is extremely beneficial whether your goal is the
mastery of an Art or simply a more effective use of your body. Everyone
benefits by training the use of intrinsic strength. It's fun, it
applies to almost any activity, and the practice is energizing
as well as good for the body. People suffering from stress
injuries often find instant relief and a great deal more power
simply by learning to align properly to the task at hand.
We'll look into the nature
of balance and the crucial role it plays. We'll visit the
essential principles of movement and interaction, and use a
cross-section of techniques from the Art of Effortless
Power. Gentle games and exercises, that Peter has developed from
over forty years of teaching, are designed to bring about a more
natural and relaxed use of power.
As always, the Cheng Hsin
principles such as listening,
yielding, following, joining,
leading, and more will be close at hand.
Finally, this workshop will end
up being unique because Peter never teaches the same workshop twice.
He is very much Present to the energy dynamics of each group and
teaches what people will take the most benefit from.
*Full Weekend, (Friday
-Sunday evening): $395.00
(includes free attendance
at the Thursday evening event)
10% discount for early
registration for the full workshop (see coupon below)
*Thurday Dharma Talk: $10.00
*Friday Eve. 7-9pm: $65 (Sets the stage and is required for attendance
on Saturday and Sunday)
wrap up - Peter is the most exciting teacher of all things
"Chi" I have ever encountered, and I have been with many.
He is the only teacher who has clearly and simply connected the dots
for me as to how the magnificent practice of T'ai Chi resonates far
beyond fighting or healing, into the very heart of what Life is. I
look forward to sharing this remarkable event with you. If you have
any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.