A year of searching for effortless power
After studying martial arts for years, Ralston had the idea that an effortless power could be achieved, so he set about searching for it.
At this time, he was training in Wong Chia Man's school in San Francisco's Chinatown and was pretty much the only non-Asian guy there.
When he started his search, he began by making his body loose and floppy, like a rag doll, then started 'tossing' his relaxed body around the gym, trying to get it to do his martial arts movements while maintaining the relaxation. He failed to find an effortless power in that first week and even in the first month. But he kept on looking.
To the other martial artists in the gym, what he was doing looked ridiculous. Peter said that was the only time not knowing much Chinese was useful because he couldn't understand what they were saying about him ;-)
Even after 3 months he nothing much to go on. Or 6 months.
But by now, some thing were starting to show. Every now and then he'd be playing with someone else and manage to throw or strike them while staying completely relaxed, or effortless. Then he'd lose it again. And while these glimpses of effortless power came and went Ralston managed to piece together the essential components of this effortless power.
It took him a year.
Failing daily (and he trained long hours every day) it didn't seem to have occurred to him that he wouldn't find it, it was just a matter of how long. He got there in the end, and the many of the principles and structural points that we currently train today are the result of that year long search.
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