Synopses & Reviews
Originally published in 1998, this book has become a martial arts classic. It provides detailed descriptions of the three main internal martial arts—tai chi (taiji), hsing-i (xingyi) and ba gua (pakua)—and their sub-styles, as well as how they differ from each other and from such external arts as karate, tae kwon do and judo. Each internal martial art is analyzed in terms of its fighting strategies and applications. This revised edition includes 50 pages of additional material including a new chapter on martial arts and spirituality.This was the first book to provide in-depth information to Westerners about nei gung (neijiaquan
), the sophisticated Taoist system developed in ancient China for working with chi in the body, mind and spirit. Chi helps build relaxed speed and power without the use of muscular tension or adrenaline surges. This gives many internal martial artists a powerful edge over counterparts trained in external martial arts.
The book provides vivid details about Frantzis personal training odyssey in the martial arts, including fascinating profiles of such renowned martial artists as Morehei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido; ba gua master Wang Shu Jin, who emanated chi so powerfully that on cold days his students could warm their hands by standing near him; and Liu Hung Chieh, the legendary master of the internal martial arts and Taoist meditation who also had a complete knowledge of traditional Chinese medical theory.
The new edition demystifies the technique known as fa jin, the storage and sudden discharge of energy without the use of muscular force, one aspect of which is demonstrated on the front cover. The new edition also adds a lengthy chapter on the spiritual development of a martial artist, and describes how the internal martial arts are linked to Taoist meditation.
Based on the author's extensive experience with such past masters as Wang Shu Jin, this book clearly explains how the awareness and development of chi energy in the mind, body, and spirit give the internal martial arts their strength and edge over external disciplines like tae kwon do, karate, and kung fu. Mixing a compelling personal story with inspiration and instruction, author Frantzis describes in detail such concepts as Fa Jin, the ability to project the opponent without harm or injury; drilling power and magnetic hand; soft and hard power; the differences between the major internal martial arts; the 16 concepts of mastery of the internal style; the use of speed and power; and much more. Frantzis includes brief, vivid biographies of the great martial arts masters with whom he studied and offers hard-won insights into the kind of dedication and training that made his 16 years in Asia as a warrior/healer/priest so rewarding. This edition includes a new foreword, a new introduction by the author, an extensive chapter with practical explanations on the spiritual traditions of the internal martial arts, an index, and more.
About the Author
Chi master Bruce Frantzis
is reputed to be the first Westerner to hold authentic lineages in tai chi, hsing-i and ba gua. He began his martial arts training in 1961 and studied healing, martial arts and meditation with renowned teachers in the United States and Asia—including training for three years in Japan and more than a decade in China.
Since 1987, Frantzis has taught tai chi, chi gung, hsing-i, ba gua, TAO yoga, TAO meditation, and energetic-healing therapies to over 15,000 students in the United States and Europe. His teaching methods are spread by a growing number of certified instructors that he has trained.
Frantzis is the author of several widely praised books about the power of chi including: Tai Chi: Health for Life; the chi gung books, Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body and the Dragon and Tiger Medical Chi Gung Instruction Manual; and two volumes on the water method of TAO meditation, Relaxing Into Your Being and The Great Stillness. Two CDs, The Tao of Letting Go and Ancient Songs of the Tao, shed valuable insights into the power of TAO Meditation in helping people let go of their deepest emotional blockages and move closer to becoming truly alive, balanced and joyful.
“Bruce Frantzis is a true Taoist Master.” —Michael E. Gerber, author of The E-Myth Revisited