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Cheng Hsin art of Effortless Power

Welcome to Cheng Hsin Nijmegen


Cheng Hsin Nijmegen is an international training center offering classes and workshops in Zen Body Being, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Effortless Power, Boxing, San Shou, Tai Chi Sword, Butoh, Noguchi Taiso, Zen Contemplation and Cheng Hsin, the Art of Effortless Power. Head instructor of Cheng Hsin Nijmegen is Rob van Ham.


Cheng Hsin, the Art of Effortless Power is an internal martial art that is not based on resistance, reactivity or brute force, but instead on acceptance, sensitivity and connectivity. Cheng Hsin was created by world class martial artist and zen master Peter Ralston as a unique blend of internal martial arts, self inquiry and contemplation offering an opening for transformation, personal growth and consciousness. In Cheng Hsin our aim is to uncover an authentic direct experience of body and mind, self and relationship.


If you are interested you are most welcome to join our investigations and practise of Cheng Hsin.



The Chinese characters ‘Cheng’ and ‘Hsin’ can translate as ‘true nature’ and ‘being’.



Cheng Hsin characters

“The essence of Cheng Hsin is found in questioning our own event. We’re striving to honestly investigate our actions, emotions, beliefs, relationships, and experience. It seems that in grasping the truth of any matter, the possibility arises of becoming more powerful, effective, and balanced in relation to that matter.”

Peter Ralston


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