Archives for June 2012

Which internal art do I start with?

Here’s a common question:

“I really love the Internal Arts and I want to do all 3. Where do I begin?”

Start with Xing Yi.

It’s powerful, aggressive and it will get you up to fighting speed quickly.

Xing Yi is the steel ball. It fortifies the center. You can see it. You might be able to hit it, But it IS GOING to run you over.

Then move to Bagua.

Bagua adds a lot more complexity to the movement. It will refine your understanding of position as you train for multiple attackers.

(The only down side here is that you need at least 4 (6 is better) training partners to really develop the skills Bagua is striving for.)

Bagua is the barbed wire ball. It moves the center. You can try to hit it but you’ll just get tangled up and hurt.

Next move to Tai Chi.

In Tai Chi your physical movement will become a lot smaller and more refined as you take your internal skill to another level.

(Longevity benefits also increase.)

Tai Chi is the energy ball. The ghost. It dissolves the center. You can’t find it, you can’t hit it and when you try it pwnes you.

Take Care,
Ben Sterling

P.S. If health is your top priority start with Tai Chi. If self defense is your primary motivation try out Kun Tao Silat program.

http://www.clearsilat.com/clears-kun-tao-silat

(It also follows the Xing Yi, Bagua, Tai Chi progression once you get past the basics.)

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Why is Xing Yi so deadly?

“Xing Yi Kills in One Year. Bagua is 10 years indoors.”

That’s the old saying anyway.

Now, we’re not trying to pick on Bagua (we like that art quite a lot too)

The point is folks who study Xing Yi learn to fight very effectively and very powerfully…

..And they learn this very quickly…

…Or at least they’re supposed to.

Unfortunately that’s not usually the case. In today’s world it’s tough to find Xing Yi at all much less find someone who will really teach you how to use it.

…quickly…

..Without lots of forms and standing practice.

We’d like to see that change.

We’d like more people to have access to quality Xing Yi training.

So, Sigung Clear has designed this program to help us achieve these goals.

Why is Xing Yi so deadly?

That is the question this program will answer.

This program is fast, powerful and efficient.

We are not going to waste any time on forms or the other public trappings of the art that you can get on dvd from amazon for $10. (or find for free on youtube.)

This program contains just the good stuff.

Only 5 moves… (the 5 ‘elements’ of xing yi)

…and how you really use them…

..With all the power, explosiveness and effectiveness that Xing Yi is famous for.

Our goal is to train folks who want to teach. Folks who will become instructors in the art and who will go out and teach it to others.

With your help, we can make sure this art grows and flourishes in the coming years.

On July 20, 21 & 22 we are holding a workshop where we will film this program.

And we just added an option where you can pre-order the dvds at an extreme discount when you register for the workshop:

http://www.clearsilat.com/xing-yi-quan-workshop

So not only will you be able to train live with Sigung Clear, you will be able to take that training home with you and review it over and over.

Workshop is in 6 weeks…

Deadline for registration is in 5 weeks…

I hope to see you soon,
Ben Sterling
Ben@ClearSilat.com

Tastes Bitter But It’s Fun (6 weeks left)

Just a little reminder today.

Our Hsing-I Chuan workshop is only 6 weeks away.

Make sure you’re working on the prep materials and ask me any questions you have so we can have everybody on the same page when you get here.

If you haven’t signed up yet the deadline is drawing closer.

Get your travel planes made and let us know you’re coming so we can give you the material to work on before the workshop.

If you’re into Hsing-I (Xing Yi) or you just want more power. This is the workshop to be at.

It’s an intensive immersion experience that will build a lot of power and make sure you can move with it.

Our goal is to cover the entire curriculum during this weekend so you have a complete package to take home with you and train.

Me and a few of the other Hsing-I students started getting together in the mornings for a few hours to train and get ready for this event. I’m sore and tired but I’m already seeing faster improvements.

Tastes bitter but it’s fun!

I recomend you up your training in the coming weeks and make sure to get plenty of sleep in the days leading up to this workshop.

Here’s the link if you still need details on the workshop:

http://www.clearsilat.com/xing-yi-quan-workshop

Take Care,
Ben Sterling

P.S. We are considering offering a morning Hsing-I warm up/ workout each day of the workshop.

Let me if you are interested (those who are attending.)

‘The Power Source of Xing Yi’

That was the title of a seminar I went to a little while ago.

It sounded good. I thought I might learn something about how to add more power to my Xing Yi or at least how to use some of what I already knew more effectively.

It was only a 2hr seminar so I didn’t expect a lot. but worst case I’d get to do Xing Yi for 2 hrs.

Or so I thought.

Instead we played follow the leader for 2 hrs as the teacher did his version of the 5 fists.

Not a word about power.

No explanation on why he likes that particular flavor of the 5 fists.

Just a bunch of choreography packed into a short period of time so even if that’s all you wanted you wouldn’t be able to learn it.

This kind of thing is all too common. It’s a big part of why the Internal Martial arts have little or no respect among the greater martial arts population.

Our Xing Yi workshop in July will be different.

Instead of 2hrs you’ll get 3 full days. We’ll start around 10am. Break for lunch in the afternoon and then keep going until at least 7pm. Probably later on some days. (I recommend you bring some snacks.)

You’ll learn many different flavors of the 5 fists (include animals) and WHY they are important. You’ll learn how they add power or change how a fist is used.

and…

NO FORMS

Don’t get me wrong you will learn the 5 fists but you WON’T be trying to follow along and memorize choreography.

Instead you’ll learn how to USE Xing Yi. You’ll learn the method behind the madness.

You’ll learn the different ways that Xing Yi generates the internal power it’s famous for and you’ll learn how to use them.

Oh, and instead of standing for hours each day, we’ll show you ‘inner door’ methods for building the internal alignments, energy and power of Xing Yi that are much faster than standing practice.

They’re not shortcuts because they still ‘taste bitter.’ you still have to do the hard work it takes to build internal kung fu but you get a lot more reward for the effort you put in.

Come play Xing Yi with us in July:

[UPDATE]

The workshop in July 2012 was excellent and our Xing Yi program is now available online here: http://www.clearsilat.com/xing-yi