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It's A Powerful Life: A Guide To Everyday Fulfillment Through Traditional Martial Arts

Its A Powerful Life A Guide To Everyday Fulfillment Through Traditional Martial Arts

Do you want to be happier, stronger, and more confident? Discover how to take charge of your life through timeless principles.

Has stress and self-doubt kept you from living up to your full potential? Shifu Ahles has found the solution: martial arts. He's helped students from all walks of life over 30+ years of teaching experience, and now he'll help you find success too.

It's a Powerful Life contains a training approach that has helped hundreds of students to get into the best shape of their lives, but it doesn't stop there. By spending equal time on the mental aspects of martial arts, the book can help you improve your core strength, your confidence, and your chances of fulfilling your future. Through easy-to-follow real-world examples, this inspirational book will reduce your stress and give you the focus and discipline you need to achieve your life goals.

In It's a Powerful Life, you'll discover:

  • How trading out the treadmill for martial arts leads to quicker, longer-lasting results
  • How learning focused practice can provide you with a lifetime of positive returns
  • How skill mastery boosts your confidence to take on any challenge
  • The practical application of martial arts philosophy and how it can guide your personal journey
  • Tools to manage stress, spark energy, live in the moment, and much, much more!

It's a Powerful Life is your guidebook to a well-rounded existence. If you like real-world success stories, holistic approaches to mind and body fitness, and no-nonsense guidance from a seasoned expert, then you'll love Shifu Ahles' life-changing book.


Shifu Raymond J. Ahles, is a dedicated and dynamic teacher who is recognised by his students for both his skill and devotion to teaching. He emphasizes not just the physical aspects of martial arts training but the philosophy behind it. Knowing what a profound influence the martial arts can have on one's own personal development, he takes his responsibility to his students seriously and does everything possible to help them cultivate a greater sense of calm, focus and self-awareness, ultimately improving and enriching their everyday lives.

Shifu Ahles began his training in the Chinese martial arts in 1984 and has been actively teaching since 1986. He first studied with Master Randy Elia of Peter Kwok's Kung Fu Academy, where he completed all material available in the styles of Shaolin Chang Quan (Long Fist), Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi), Ba Gua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan and Chin Na, the art of 'seizing and controlling.'

In 1988, he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Adult Fitness at Montclair State University. He is also an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified StrongFirst Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor (SFG2).

He further enhanced his knowledge and understanding with well-known martial arts author and master Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming of Boston, Mass. Shifu Ahles studied privately with Dr. Yang and in regular classes at YMAA, Boston. With Dr. Yang, Shifu Ahles focused on the study of the Jian (Straight Double-Edge Sword) and Chin Na. He also trained in Shaolin Long Fist, Shaolin White Crane, White Crane Staff, and Tai Chi Push Hands.

Dr. Yang was instrumental in forming the perspective that Shifu Ahles has of the martial arts today and was a great early influence on his practice. From Dr. Yang, he learned the only way to become accomplished at anything was through patience, perseverance, and a strong will.

From 1991 to 2016, Shifu Ahles studied Ba Gua Zhang (Pa Kua Chang) under the personal instruction of Grandmaster Park Bok-Nam, with whom he was accepted as a 7th Generation

'Lineage Disciple,' and given the Chinese name, 'Yi Fu,' meaning 'Firm Father (Teacher).' For nearly 25 years, he was an active student and member of the Ch'iang Shan Pa Kua Chang Association.

In 1992, he spent a short time in China to experience the culture and research the martial and healing arts with Dan Miller, the former editor of the new defunct, "Pa Kua Chang Journal" and writer of both volumes of Grandmaster Park's books, 'The Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang.'

As a traditional progression from the martial arts to the healing arts, Shifu Ahles also has been professionally trained and certified in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. While studying at the New York College for Wholistic Health and Medicine in Syosset, NY, he completed the Advanced Amma Therapy« (Chinese medical massage) program in 1997, and is a 'Certified Amma Therapist' (C.A.T.); and the Oriental Medicine program (Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and herbology) in 1998. He is National Board Certified in Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM, NCCAOM) as well as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and Chinese Herbalist in the State of New Jersey.

Shifu Ahles resides in northern New Jersey with his wife, Nicolle, and two amazing children, Forrest and Phoenix. He is the owner and Chief Instructor of the Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts in Bergenfield, NJ, where he continues to share his greatest passion.

Most Recent Customer Reviews

5 stars - A book worth reading.

After reading this book I am happy to say that the author is very right in his views and his ideas of teaching. Having done martial arts for many years I am glad to see much wisdom brought forward in the book and in a good way. Shifu Ahles has trained for many years and shows the Taoist wisdom he has acquired in those years. I am glad that he decided to put out a book with great introspection. I look forward to more writing from him in the future. I would advise anyone interested in the arts to read his book and contact him for more personal training.

5 stars - A Powerful Book

This is a rare and excellent book on the benefits of studying a traditional martial art like Kung Fu taught by someone with the depth of knowledge required to impart real skill. The beauty of the book is that it speaks to the challenges we all face in our busy lives, and teaches us how to get control of the mind thru consistent meditation, and learn to set a plan for your growth as a martial artist. It's also rare and encouraging to hear a martial artist speak to the intent to "stop the fighting". The book is easy to read yet full of gems of wisdom pertaining to the practice of martial arts and the peripheral growth that practice can create in your life.

5 stars - The key to happiness in your fingertips

Shifu Ahles, through personal anecdotes and professional observations, gives us our key to happiness. Whether you study, are interested in studying, or never even thought about studying martial arts, this book is a must read.

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