Clear Self Defense Techniques (Applications of Martial Arts Bow)

Here at Clear’s Martial Arts we don’t put much stock in the formalities and pageantry associated with Martial Arts and Kung Fu movies.

(If you haven’t yet learned basic manners and how to get along with others, you really don’t need to be training our material yet.)

However, there are a few formalities that have direct martial applications.

One of these is the martial arts bow. Different systems have different bows but they all are full of quick and dirty street applications.

This is from the DVD “Kung Fu Bow and Fighting Applications” where we teach the fighting apps of the bow we use in Clear’s Silat classes along with the apps for several common martial arts bows.

This DVD is included with the Clear Defense package that will be on sale April 19 – 21.

Where did Sigung Clear’s Yiquan come from?

It’s Q&A time. A reader asks,

“Where does Sigung Clear’s Yiquan come from?”

Another version of this question that pops up occasionally is less polite,

“How the hell did he learn all this different stuff?!”

To answer the second question: This year marks Sigung Clear’s 40th year in the arts. 40 years of research, study, travel, and hard work will do that.

Sigung Clear first began learning Yiquan from his original Xing Yi teacher Tyrone Jackson.

Our Xing Yi lineage is:

Kuo Yun Shen > Wang Xiangzhai > Lee Ying Arng > Dr. Fred Wu > Tyrone Jackson > Richard Clear.

Wang Xiangzhai is also the creator of Yiquan.

Master Wang felt that Xing Yi was often taught with too much emphasis on ‘outer form’, neglecting the essence of true martial power. So in the mid 1920’s He started to teach what he felt was the essence of the art and simply called it Yiquan.

An approach that is similar in many ways to the Kuntao emphasis on practicality and function over form.

Because of Master Wang’s influence, the Xing Yi that Richard Clear learned from Tyrone was mixed with Yiquan and heavily influenced by this philosophy of focusing on the essence of the art.

Of course, Sigung Clear has continued his studies since that time. Learning Xing Yi & Yiquan from a number of skilled teachers in the US and in China. Including from his Kuntao & Silat teacher Willem deThouars.

Our upcoming Yiquan course is a distillation of this study.

It will focus on the core of Yiquan and teach you why it does what it does and how it does it.

How to train it, how to build it, etc…

You can study the Yiquan course in two ways:

1 As a standalone program this course will teach you how to fight with Yiquan, why it does what it does and how to build the internal skills it’s known for.

2. For our Xing Yi students, this should be considered an advanced training module. It will teach you the Yiquan part of our Xing Yi curriculum and take your skill to another level.

The Yiquan course will be available on January 20th.

More details will be available soon at:

Don’t waste time standing around when you could be learning to Fight with Yiquan.

Standing runs rampant in all the Internal Arts but none more so than Yiquan.

Unfortunately there are major pitfalls with standing practice that very few practitioners avoid.

…and as a result they don’t learn the skills they’re looking for and instead build bad habits that have to then be unlearned before they can get to square one.

In these two videos Sigung Clear discusses the Yiquan training progression:

…and how to train Yiquan the traditional way:

…but first I want to cover two common mistakes folks make when trying to do standing practice.

1. Know Why & What You’re Doing!
People often approach standing with vague ideas about what they’re working or gaining from the practice.

Be specific!

Each time you stand you should be working on a very specific skill or skillset and have very specific goals in mind.

for example, if you’ve chosen to work on root during your next session then you should pick a specific quality of root you wish to improve upon. For example: depth of your root.

Then, don’t just try to get deeper. Be specific. If the deepest you can root is 20 feet (the minimum for first level push hands certification) then try to push it to 25.

2. Don’t stand too long!

You’re trying to transform your body (or mind.) This does not come easily. It takes hard work over time.

Just like strengthening the body through weight training, if you can do a high number of reps you’re probably not using enough weight to be effective.

If you are working correctly then it should be very difficult to stand for more than 15 minutes, If you can stand for more than 15 minutes then, most likely, you are NOT practicing correctly or working hard enough.

Standing practice can only produce the benefit it’s supposed to when paired with an understanding of the fighting application and internal principles of the art.

Though it’s important to understand the traditional public teachings, function must always come before form.

Stay tuned for more on our Yiquan course. Coming January 20th.

What is Yiquan (I Chuan) & How do I fight with it?

We have two new videos up on youtube about the art of Yiquan.

Yiquan is a powerful branch of Xing Yi that focuses on the role of the mind (Yi) in fighting. Like Xing Yi, Yiquan is very aggressive and very powerful.

What is Yiquan? (I-Chuan)

How to Fight with Yiquan.

Over the next few weeks we’re going to dig deeper into Yiquan and what it’s about as we prepare for the release of our Yiquan course on January 20th.

If you’re not already subscribed to our Youtube channel, I recommend doing so while you’re watching those videos.

The 5 Elements of Martial Arts Speed Training

In Martial Arts speed is essential,
…but simple being fast isn’t good enough.

No matter how much natural speed you may have, proper training will beat it.

The good news is that no matter how slow or clumsy your are, if you put in the work, you can become fast.

There are 5 elements of speed training in the martial arts.

1. Power must be present

As soon as you tell someone to move fast they throw out good body mechanics and leave behind all their power.

Not only speed is useless if you can’t do anything with it, but true speed cannot be had without good body mechanics.

So, not only did they throw away power for a small speed gain, they throw away the potential of becoming truly fast.

Good body mechanics are essential for both power and speed.

Starting by training the principles of power and you will have built a foundation for speed as well.

2. Physical Conditioning

This is the most obvious and often over emphasized of the 5. You do need to put in some time preparing the body for explosive movement by training the tendons and ligaments. You also need to practice moving fast occasionally.

Here are two exercises that strengthen the body in preparation for fast explosive movement. (Among other benefits.)

Clear’s Bagua Exercise #1 for Internal Power, Strength & Flexibility

Wing Chun Lesson 1 – How to build Iron Body & Internal Power

3. Economy of motion

This is deceptively simple.

Don’t move more than you need to.

Most martial artists have much more wasted movement than they realize and to make matters worse they pause in their movement frequently.

Unfortunately, they move too quickly to notice these errors.

In an effort to be fast they are missing the very errors that are slowing them down.

The majority of your sparring and partner drills should be practice at an excruciatingly slow speed.

..and even when you do train faster, make sure to always move slower than your opponent.

If you are moving efficiently, their speed won’t matter.

If they beat you because of speed then you have efficiency errors. Slow it back down until you are going slow enough to catch the errors and correct them.

4. Suddenly Quick

Your speed is useless if your opponent knows what you’re going to do before you do it.

Your intentions must be hidden. You must be able to work from any position.

You must be able to go from nothing to something in an instant. Most people have a ‘get ready’ stage between nothing and something. Even when this is subtle it will make your speed less effective.

5. Relax

Relaxation is almost a prerequisite.

It doesn’t matter how much other speed training you do. If you are tense you cannot be fast.

Tension limits your ability to fully engage your body’s mass, violating rule #1. It slows down your physical movement negating the benefits of physical conditioning (#2) and limits your mobility (#3 economy of motion.) Tension also greatly increases the visibility of any telegraphing you do (#4 suddenly quick.)

Remember, there is always room for improvement in relaxation. and the benefits of relaxation are exponential in nature. Even small gains will have significant benefits.

Speed with Age:

Inevitably, a certain amount of speed will leave us with age.

However, if you train all 5 of these principles properly, you can maximize your full speed potential.

…and more importantly you’ll be quicker than all the young whippersnappers.

Learn to build explosive Speed and Power with our new DVD:

Is this common Kung Fu myth slowing you down and robbing you of power?

A common myth in the martial arts is that you should tense at the moment of impact.

Like any good myth it’s based on fact:

kinetic energy (KE) equals one half mass times velocity squared (KE=1/2m x v²)

This formula shows that we need to increase speed and mass to get more power.

So the strategy is to do everything you can to get your fist moving as fast as possible then right at the moment of impact you tense your entire body. The theory is that by tensing your whole body you are now striking with your entire mass instead of the mass of your fist or arm.

In practice this will only get you so far.

If you have major alignment errors, then you can use tension to limit the amount of power you lose at the joints.

However, this tension puts a limit on how much power you can get into your strike and it can cause injury.

Here’s how it works:

Alignment errors separate the body limiting how much mass you can get into your strike.

If your shoulder is not aligned properly, then you can’t get the mass of your body engaged and only your arm mass will be in the strike.

Tension also separates the body, but not as much.

So by tensing the shoulder you’ll get more mass engaged (but still a fraction of what it could be.)

This tension causes some major problems:

  1. It slows you down. You are freezing everything for an instant. This limits your momentum (part of why it limits your power.) It also means that your next strike comes on instant later. It may not seem like much, but in a life and death situation every instant counts and these stops add up quick. An opponent who doesn’t make this error can quickly be several steps ahead while using less effort than you.
  1. In addition to the long term health effects of tension, anytime you focus force on part of the body that is misaligned you increase the risk of injury. Tension can reduce this risk in the short term (unless the force is great enough to overcome the tension.) However, it also serves to focus the force on the tense area.

In the example above, if you tense your shoulder during every strike to compensate for the alignment error, eventually you will develop a bad shoulder.

We see this a lot.

The most common issues are bad backs, shoulders & knees from years of using tension to compensate for poor alignment while playing a sport, doing physical labor or training.

The solution is simple.

Work on your body mechanics!

Good alignment means less power is lost at the joints. You can stay relaxed, engage more body mass and you can move faster.

Not only can you move faster and hit harder, you are much less prone to short and long term injury.

To learn more about the body mechanics of speed (without sacrificing power) go check out the new Speed Striking DVD.

Wednesday is the last day it’s on sale.

The Marketing Gimmick that’s damaged Kung Fu

There’s an insidious marketing gimmick that’s wormed it’s way into the martial arts.

In fact, it’s become so pervasive that it’s become ‘common sense wisdom’ at this point.

Many teachers & students spread this myth without even realizing it’s a marketing gimmick.

You’ll recognize it when you hear it, and like all good lies it’s partially based it truth, so bear with me and I’ll break down why it’s so effective and why it’s so destructive.

It can come in many forms but usually it goes something like this:

“It takes many years to learn the martial arts.”

“There is no quick fix to becoming proficient in any martial art”

“Becoming proficient in any martial art system (meaning a foundation with good basics) takes a few years with hard practice.”

“Very few can actually utilize Taiji well enough to fight! This idea that you can use Taiji to fight with after a few years, is ludicrous….”

This message is very powerful and it resonates with a lot of people.

There is some truth to it. Complex arts like Tai Chi or Bagua do take a long time to master. There are many advanced skills which take many years to develop. You will continue learning new things about these arts your entire life.

After all, the term ‘Kung Fu’ does mean “skill through hard work over time.” Students are told to “eat bitter.”

This message also builds on the Kung Fu movie mythology of wise men training on mountain tops and grueling training montages.

Also, a lot of folks are fed up (rightly so) with our on-demand culture where everybody wants everything now and we want to cure all our problems with a quick fix pill.

And so this myth appeals to us greatly and it resonates with our sense of truth and righteousness.

Now, here’s the problem.

Mastering an art and basic proficiency are light years apart.

These arts were created for survival.

When old kung fu masters taught their kids, do you think they said,

“Son, in a few decades you’ll be able to use what I’m showing you to protect yourself in this violent world.”

No, they taught their kids how to protect themselves as quickly as possible.

Sure they spent many years honing their skill and refining it and learning more advanced things.

…but basic, I can use this to save my life, functionality? They taught that very quickly to their kids.

So how did the time it takes to master an art get confused with how long basic proficiency takes?

Like I said, it’s a marketing gimmick.

If you sell someone the idea that it takes years to become proficient, then they’ll keep coming back for a long time and you don’t have to deliver very much.

It’s a way for the teacher to avoid responsibility for a lack of skill in their students.

What if the student doesn’t listen, they don’t work hard enough, maybe they just learn differently and need to be shown in a different way.

With this myth the teacher doesn’t have to take responsibility for the effectiveness of their teaching method. They don’t have to learn how to connect with people and how to teach in different ways for different people. They don’t have to be there for their students to help them learn how to learn and develop good practicing methods.

They can blame the art.

…and they can keep this going for years or decades before the student catches on.

Teachers who talk about getting results in short periods of time are not common.

…and for good reason.

If you tell someone that they can learn a skill quickly, then you have to deliver.

Anyway, I’m putting away my soapbox for now.

If you’d like to learn the self defense method that Sigung Clear teaches his children, it’s here:

Clear Defense – Street Self Defense

Street Self Defense

Learn to Defend Yourself Against Violent Attacks.

Learn a complete self defense method for extreme situations.

This method is very simple (and a little odd looking.)

It uses both hands, both knees, both feet and both elbows all at once. You learn to use your voice, your body language and your mind.

You learn how to trigger the mind and body to fight like a wild animal in an instant.

Training Includes:

  • Make full use of your body’s natural weapons.
  • 3 – 5 hits per second with full power.
  • Overwhelm an attacker with a barrage of power strikes.
  • How to keep from panicking so you never freeze up under pressure.
  • How to win a confrontation morally and in a way that can be defended legally.
  • One Touch Knockouts!
  • How to get someone twice your size off your body.

The Clear Defense method can be used by almost anyone. We’ve taught it to little old ladies and 70 year olds with heart conditions.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to beat the attacker to the hit every time.
  • Move in a way so that you cannot be vitally hit.
  • How to use an ink pen for self defense.
  • How to defend yourself when you’re surrounded.
Clear Defense $250

Run Time: approx. 238 min
Format: 2 NTSC DVD-R Discs

Click Here to Save over $280 with the Clear Self Defense Certification Package.

Sigung Richard Clear

Sigung Clear first began study the martial arts because he lived in rough neighborhoods and needed to defend himself on a regular basis.

He’s now spent over 35 years traveling, researching and training. Constantly working to find the most effective ways to survive bad situations.

That pursuit has led him to an in depth study of Kuntao, Pentjak Silat, Tai Chi, Xing Yi, Bagua, Systema, Kung Fu and other arts.

He’s studied knife, stick & firearm tactics. He’s done extensive research on violent attacks, how they happen, how victims respond, how the body & mind respond to extreme stress and the psychology of criminals.

Street Self Defense

Extreme Self Defense for Extreme Situations

Based on this research, training and his first hand experience of being attacked over 15 times…

What’s the one thing Sigung Clear would use for self defense above all others?

He’s been teaching it in a course we call Executive Transformations.

The program is very effective but there’s one problem.

It’s a bit pricy.

Normally the program is $4500 per person because of the amount of work and manpower needed to hold this course and the results it’s able to deliver. (If self defense is your only goal, this is the fastest way to get it and you only need about 10 – 15 minutes practice per week to maintain it.)

It’s great for executives who need self defense and don’t have time to train martial arts.

…but it’s out of reach of most martial artists.

So, we’ve taken the fighting method and put it on video.

Now, we can’t guarantee the same level of results as the 3 day course because we’re not running you through two and half days of intensive scenario training.

…but if you’ve ever wondered,

“What’s the one thing Sigung Clear would do for self defense, if he could only pick one?”

…this it.
Click Here to Save $280 with the Clear Self Defense Certification Package.

Clear Defense $250

Run Time: approx. 238 min
Format: 2 NTSC DVD-R Discs

Learn from online? Are you Crazy?

Someone left this comment on a Bagua video we posted over on Facebook this weekend.

“Learn from online? Are you Crazy?”

The myth that video training is useless is fading fast due to the rise of youtube and other video training options.

…But apparently it still persists amongst some folks.

Which seems odd, considering how highly regarded the Tai Chi Classics are.

Yang Cheng-fu, Wang Tsung-yueh, Wu Yu-hsiang, T’an Meng-hsien and many other highly skilled and revered Tai Chi masters thought it was worthwhile to create written materials on Tai Chi.

Granted, the classics aren’t the easiest of documents to decipher.

…but imagine what those folks would have done if they’d had an iPhone and Youtube?

We’ll they didn’t, but we do.

That’s why we’ve created so much free stuff like the intro to Bagua Course:

This teaches the fundamentals of Bagua so that anyone anywhere can begin benefiting from this art.

…and the more internal arts practitioners there are, the easier it becomes to find training partners.

The availability of training partners is one of the most important things any art needs to grow but in the case of Bagua it’s absolutely vital. Bagua at it’s core is a multiple opponent system and without groups of people out there training multiple opponent drills the art simply cannot survive.

So grab some people and go train some Bagua:

Take Care,

P.S. We’ll be in the NYC metro area June 3 & 8th

There are still a few spots open to get some hands on training with Sigung Clear.

How Much Of Your Training Time Is Wasted?

Silat12If you’re busy like me you only have a limited amount of training time each day.

So we need to use that time as effectively as possible.

We talk a lot here in the newsletter about how to find the most effective methods and ways to make our training as efficient as possible.

…but even the most efficient training is wasted if you don’t test it.

Without some drills, games and sparring to test our skills under pressure, we can’t be sure our training will be there when it matters.

Pressure testing and sparring is essential in making sure our skills will be there when we need them.

Sparring is also a great way to find our errors and fix them.

…and this makes our training even more efficient.

But sport martial art sparring methods wont do the job.

The Art of Sparring is a 2 disc DVD set that contains all the drills, games and types of sparring you need to properly train a reality based self defense art like Kuntao Silat, Tai Chi, Bagua or Xing Yi.

“So… When Will We See Silat & Tai Chi Competing In MMA?”

Silat17A couple years ago a Muay Thai player came to visit the school.

He hadn’t competed or trained in several years but he still had some very powerful kicks and his movement was deceptively light and agile.

He was quite friendly and we got to play and compare notes on Muay Thai and Kuntao

When he felt the power that Sigung Clear can produce his first reaction was:

“Man, You should go compete!”

This wasn’t the first or the last time we’ve heard this.

…and not just from sport martial artists.

Many Internal Martial Artist, who have felt what these arts can do, are waiting for the day when an internal artist will start cleaning up in MMA type competition.

I hate to disappoint them but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

Competition is just not what Tai Chi, Silat, Bagua & Xing Yi are designed for.

These arts are reality based self defense arts.

…and it’s very important to understand the difference between Competition & Competitive, when sparring with these arts.

Your sparring SHOULD be competitive. In that you are comparing your self to your training partners. and you are using these comparisons that come about in sparring to find holes in your skill and to fix those holes.

However, it should NOT become a competition.

When sparring becomes competition it becomes about winning the game.

…anything that doesn’t help you win the game is now a waste of valuable training time. So the more you try to win the further your training gets from what you need for self defense.

In reality based arts your sparring should always be about building skill.

You are not trying to beat your opponents. You are using them to help you find errors in yourself and you are helping them find their own errors.

Each sparring game focuses on a specific skill or group of skills.

Keep in mind which skills you are working on each time you spar.

Our new DVD: The Art of Sparring teaches you the games drills and sparring methods to build self defense skill with reality based marital arts for self defense.

You can save $103 on this 2 disc set if you order by Monday Feb 23

Details are here:

How do Self Defense Arts Spar?

Silat09Last time we talked about why MMA & Kickboxing sparring methods are ineffective ways to train for self defense.

…but we still need to pressure test our arts.

We need to practice our skills against opponents who are trying to beat us.

One way to do this is through real world experience.

Move to a dangerous area, do stupid things, put yourself in bad situations, etc…

Sigung Clear and many of his teachers learned a lot this way. However, this is very dangerous. Sigung Clear and his teachers didn’t seek out dangerous situations. They had the misfortune of living in dangerous areas.

I don’t recommend this method if you have a choice.

Even if you do have a dangerous job or live in a dangerous place, I recommend doing as much of your pressure testing in training as possible.

After all, our goal with these arts is long term survival and health.

So, How to do we spar…

…and get to practice all of our most lethal techniques..

..against a resisting opponents…

…without hurting our training partners?

The simple answer is: You Can’t.

There is no single way to do this.

Any sparring method, game or drill that is safe will be divorced from reality in a way that leaves holes in your skillset.

In today’s, take a pill to cure everything world, this is not a popular message.

It’s much more comforting to buy into the ‘single solution’ message of MMA & sport martial arts. “If it works in MMA it’s good, if it doesn’t it’s not.” Clear, simple, easy.

But we are Reality Based Martial Artists.

…and the real world is messy, nuanced and complicated.

So, we need a bunch of drills, games & sparring methods.

Each game has a specific purpose, providing pressure in different ways and helping us build different parts of our skillset.

The good news is: we have more fun games to play with our training partners.

In our new 2 disc DVD set, Sigung Clear teaches the primary games, drills & sparring methods we use to spar and develop the skills of Kuntao Silat, Tai Chi, Bagua & Xing Yi against resisting opponents.

This includes the core sparring method of our Kuntao Silat that builds superior positioning skills and, if you put in a lot of hard work, will teach you how to move slower than the opponent while beating them to the punch every time.

Included with this set is a section on how to use these arts in a sport sparring format.

Though sport sparring is ineffective in preparing for self defense, it is very popular and it can often be a useful way to play with martial artists of different styles in a context they are used to.

The Myth of Pressure Testing: How MMA has failed the martial arts.

Pressure-Testing-Martial-ArtsMixed Martial Arts was supposed to be the savior of martial arts.

It was billed as the ultimate proving ground where a martial artist could test their skills against any other style.

MMA was supposed to provide a nonrestrictive format where anyone could test their techniques under pressure and see what really works and what doesn’t.

To this day many folks consider MMA and Kickboxing style sparring to be an essential part of learning to use their art effectively.

Like any good myth this his half true.

Testing yourself under pressure is essential and training your skills against opponents who are trying to counter you is important.

MMA sparring is just a horribly ineffective way to do this.

Of course the first problem is the rules. The rules are there to prevent techniques that could maim or kill a fighter. Rules are also used to keep the fights entertaining and discourage fighting strategies that might lose the interest of the audience.

There are no weapons in MMA. You only fight a single opponent at a time. etc…

So MMA sparring is NOT preparing you for an attacker who wants to kill or maim you. You are not preparing for an opponent who uses a boring but effective strategy. You are not preparing for an attacker who is armed and you are not preparing for attackers that work together.

A reality based martial art is designed for self defense.

Tai Chi, Silat, Xing Yi, Bagua and many kung fu styles.

These arts where all built to help you survive a life and death situation.

…against opponentS who are most likely armed.

MMA has become a great success as a sport and as entertainment but it has failed completely as an effective means to pressure test the martial arts.

Of course we still need to pressure test our methods.

…and we need to be able to interact with other martial artists and play the training games they are accustomed to.

Our new DVD set The Art of Sparring teaches you the games, drills and sparring methods that reality based martial arts like Kuntao Silat, Tai Chi, Bagua & Xing Yi use to make sure the skills we’re building will be there when we need them most:

3 Types of Surprise Attacks and how to prepare for them


1. They came out of no where!

The attackers probably did not beam in from outer space. They were there and you just weren’t paying attention.

These are easy to prevent.

Simply practice awareness drills on a regular basis, plan ahead & use good judgment about what situations you put yourself into.

When good awareness skills aren’t enough, or you make a mistake, you’ll end up with one of the next two types of surprise attacks.

2. Sudden but you have time.

This is any attack where you see it coming. Maybe you catch the flash of a punch the instant before it lands or maybe the attackers engage you in conversation seconds or even minutes before the physical assault.

In either case the key is to not let suprise immobilize you.

Get moving.

Also, have a plan.

If you’re trying to make decisions in that type of situation you will freeze.

Have a simple plan of action that applies to most situations and practice, practice, practice.

3. Blindsided.

This is when the physical assault begins before you realize there’s a threat.

They are already hitting, grabbing or stabbing and you have to figure out what’s going on while that’s happening.

The solution is the same: have a plan of action and get moving.

The difference is that plan must be centered around training your body to instinctively slip and neutralize any incoming force.

This is also the focus of our new DVD.

Tactical Pen 2: Surprise Attacks & Knife Defense.

This DVD features step by step training to prepare you for surprise attacks. Including how to defend against surprise knife attacks.

You’ll learn how to prepare for the unexpected.

…and you’ll train your body and mind to respond instantly to attacks you don’t see coming.

You can save 25% on this new DVD until Friday Oct 24th.

Tactical Pen 2: Surprise Attacks & Knife Defense


Even the best self defense techniques will fail if you are caught by surprise.

Don’t let that happen to you.

This DVD features step by step training to prepare you for surprise attacks. Including how to defend against surprise knife attacks.

You’ll learn how to prepare for the unexpected.

…and you’ll train your body and mind to respond instantly to attacks you don’t see coming.

Click Here to save $100 with the Clear’s Silat Weapons Package

The First Rule of Martial Arts

Silat07The first and most important rule of Martial Arts.

Rule 1) Survive.

Everything else is secondary.

…because if that first thing doesn’t happen, nothing else will either.

There are many great reasons to study martial arts.

  • Safety
  • Health
  • Peace of mind
  • Confidence
  • Longevity
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Friends
  • Fun
  • Stress Relief
  • Fitness

…and many more.

But short term survival is first.

  • You can survive several weeks without food.
  • You can survive several days without water.
  • You can survive a few minutes without air.

When a crazed maniac is swinging a machete at your head you only have a second…

…maybe less.. use your head and stay alive.

This is where we begin.

Don’t neglect your martial responsibility!

Silat05You have two responsibilities as a Martial Artist.

Meet new people & make new friends.

Do this for yourself.

Your art was not created in a vacuum and you cannot grow in one either. Get to know people who train different arts and you will get better because of it.

Do this for your art.

People discover other martial arts through the people who embody them. no-one can discover and appreciate your martial art unless they have friends who are highly skilled in that art.

Do this for the Martial Arts.

Segmenting the martial arts by style, lineage or method only weakens us all. Bickering, infighting and petty politics drives people away from all martial arts.

Seek out opportunities to meet martial artists you would not normally interact with.

Find events that are dominated by Martial Arts Styles you have little or no experience with and get to know the people there.

The more people you get to know the better your art will be.

This is why Kuntao & Silat are as effective as they are. Because of all the mixing, intermingling, “cross contamination” and exposure to the arts from India, Tibet, Thailand, China, The Philippines and of course Indonesia & Malaysia among others.

Now a lot of that exposure was through warfare, piracy and other forms of violence.

Ideally we use other methods. Like friendship and cooperation to get that exposure.

Of course, you need to train hard and study good material so you can be a quality representative of these arts.

I recommend starting here:

To Boldly Go Where No Martial Artist Has Gone Before…

Silat03The Internal Martial Arts are Incredibly awesome.

Anyone who understands this will study them for the rest of their lives.

This is fact.


A teacher’s most important job is to communicate this fact effectively to their students.

That’s the hard part.

…but if the teacher can find some way to get that fact to sink in then their work is done.

The student will take over.

Take charge of their education, learn, seek out new facts and information and boldly go where no martial artist has gone before.

The teacher may continue to facilitate that process, but they are no longer a required component.

If the teacher disappears the student will find another way to continue their studies.

That is our goal.

To find an effective way to communicate how incredibly awesome these arts are.
That’s what each class, seminar & workshop and DVD is about.

Every youtube video and facebook post.

That’s what the Internal Combat Arts Course is for.

That’s what each and every blog post is about.

Sharing information is simply a tool that teachers use to empower their students and communicate awesomeness. So that one day the student will take the art to a new level. One above and beyond anywhere we’ve gone before.

…and if you teach, that is your job.

Just that one task.

Figure out how to communicate the incredible awesomeness of the Internal Martial Arts.

You won’t reach everybody all the time.

In fact, you probably won’t reach anybody most of the time.

…but that’s ok.

We’ll just keep practicing and try again tomorrow.

Is your training past it’s expiration date?

Training Half-LifeTraining methods have an expiration date.

Like a piece of uranium.

Now, a single atom of uranium is highly unpredictable.

It could break down and release it’s energy in the next second, or it could hang around for billions of years. If you get a chunk of uranium things get a little more predictable.

We still don’t know when exactly the whole thing will decay but we do know that in 704 million years half of it will be gone.

704 million years is the half life of uranium.

Your training methods also have a half life.

The half life of a training method is the amount of time it takes to gain half of all the skill you can gain from that training method.

This is a very important.

…because from here on out you will never gain as much skill from this method as you already have.

And the amount of skill you gain will continue to become less and less.

Your progress will slow and stagnate unless you learn something new.

Of course it’s easy to find someone who will tell you to you should continue to learn.

But that’s not enough.

An open mind, an empty cup, going to workshops…

…these are the prerequisites. By themselves they are not enough.

You also need to know WHEN to learn something new and WHAT to learn next.

The first requires training logs and journals to track your progress. The second requires research and study.

I recommend starting with the 16 week Internal Combat Arts Course for a step by step study of Tai Chi, Bagua, Xing Yi, Qigong & Kuntao Silat.

Every skill also has a learning curve.

That’s the amount of time it takes to develop functional use of that skill.

Some skills you can learn today and use tomorrow. Others could take 10 years of training to become usable.

The length of that learning curve depends on where you start.

So here’s the cool part…

Say I have a skill that takes six months to learn from scratch.

You could start now and spend 6 months of hard training before you begin to be able to use it…

OR we could find a second skill. One that’s related to the first.

Say… something with a 1 week learning curve and a 3 month half life.

So you have something you can use after 1 week.

…and you’re experience with second skill will cut 4 or 5 months off the learn curve of the first skill.

This is why learning from someone who is skilled in Kung Fu is a whole lot different than learning from someone who is skilled at teaching Kung Fu.

WARNING: Ignore Sammo Hung At Your Peril.

SammoI was sitting at my desk last night (couldn’t sleep) when my eye fell on a Kung Fu movie that I had been neglecting to watch for months.

Turns out it was a perfect example of the eclectic Kuntao Silat philosophy in action.

A young man, obsessed with kung fu, is torn between the only two kung fu schools in town.

He can’t decide which to study with and both schools strictly forbid studying with the other.

Fortunately for our young hero, he’s saved from The Bad Guy’s Henchmen by none other than Sammo Hung. Who gives him this advice,

“This situation is like food.

Some people like chicken,
others like fish,
others prefer vegetable and bean curd.

I like it all.

As long as it’s edible, I can eat anything.

I don’t care, that’s why I’m so fat.”

So, he takes the advice. Learns from both schools, and he does quite well for year.

Then, inspite of his new skill, he’s beaten up by The Bad Guy’s Henchmen, found out by both his teachers and kicked out of both schools to fend for himself.

Fortunately, The Man Who Eats Everything is still around running a wine business.

So, after a grueling training montage with his new teacher, our Young Hero beats up the The Bad Guys Henchmen, kills the Bad Guy and beats up the Bad Guys Brother (who’s been training in Manchuria for last three years preparing for revenge.)

Oh, and the feuding kung fu schools realize the error of their ways and are reunited.

The moral of the story?

When Sammo Hung says to eat everything, you eat.

…and when you’re looking for teachers, look for ones who don’t limit themselves by style or affiliation.

That’s why the Internal Combat Arts course contains Bagua, Xing Yi, Kuntao Silat, Tai Chi and Qigong.

Each of these arts can work just fine by itself,

…but they’re so much more powerful when you let them support one another, and feed off each other and grow together.

Listen to Sammo Hung.

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