The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi: Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Hsing

by Bruce Frantzis (Author)

Editorial Reviews

"Bruce Frantzis has a depth and breadth of knowledge of the nei jia (internal
arts) that few Westerners possess."
—Don Ethan Miller, Four-time national USA tai chi Push Hands champion

"This work by Bruce Frantzis on the practical structures and essence of the
internal systems is definitive. It will become a classic, and will serve as a
catalyst for kindred spirits. A must for all serious students of the martial
—Stan Israel, senior student of renowned tai chi master, Chen Man-ching.

"Bruce Frantzis is one of the few Westerners to comprehend the Taoist internal
martial art system. For those seeking to understand energy principles in their
own art, Frantzis has now opened The Way."
—Robert Nadeau, Aikido Sixth-Degree Black Belt, Director of City Aikido, San
Francisco, CA

Product Description
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.

Product Details

Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Blue Snake Books; Rev. Ed edition (August 7, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1583941908



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