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Chapter 12 Lesson 18: Mix & Match All Methods

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Chapter 12 Lesson 17: Add Heavy Feet to All Methods

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Chapter 12 Lesson 16: Aggressive Freestyle Method – Heng Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 15: Aggressive Freestyle Method – Tsuan Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 14: Aggressive Freestyle Method – Pao Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 13: Shock Step

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Chapter 12 Lesson 12: Aggressive Freestyle Method – Beng Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 11: Aggressive Freestyle Method – Pi Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 10: Small Tong Bei Style – Heng Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 09: Small Tong Bei Style – Pao Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 08: Small Tong Bei Style – Beng Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 07: Small Tong Bei Style – Tsuan Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 06: Small Tong Bei Style – Pi Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 05: Basic Tong Bei Style – Heng Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 04: Basic Tong Bei Style – Pao Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 03: Basic Tong Bei Style – Beng Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 02: Basic Tong Bei Style – Tsuan Chuan

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Chapter 12 Lesson 01: Basic Tong Bei Style – Pi Chuan

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Chapter 11: The Animals Are Simply Extensions of the Elements

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Lower Training is Better Training.

I received some great questions about the Lower, Slower, Softer training article.

So, Why Lower?

Well, your ability to relax and move well at ‘thighs parallel’ has a direct impact on your power and quality of movement when you are standing up.

One aspect of this is that the stronger your legs are the less effort it takes to support & move your body weight. The less effort it takes to stand and move the more you can relax and be softer.

The stronger your legs are, the softer you can be.

So, even in arts like Tai Chi and Bagua that often (though not always) fight standing up, this low training will greatly improve your expression of the art.

Also, as soon as you start working low, tension and structural errors stick out like sore thumb. Forcing you to correct them.

Low training allows you to use all 3 dimensions much more effectively.

Many Silat systems work from a medium height…

…but can instantly be flat to the floor or standing all the way up.

This freedom of movement not only adds a lot of power,

– It also greatly increases your ability to use ALL the space around you,

– It increases your reach,

– It’s one way to say out of of your opponents reach but keep them within yours,

– and it allows you to capitalize on any stiffness or hole in your opponents range of movement.

Of course it takes time to build this kind of leg strength.

So, you need to start training with things you can use right now.

…with things that work well with the strengths and weaknesses that you have at this very moment.

You DON’T need to spend years training low postures BEFORE you can fight with the art.

This is why we created the 16 week Internal Combat Arts Course. Because we believe you should start these arts by learning how to USE them.

That’s the Kuntao tradition: Function First.

There are no forms in the course,

just a whole bunch of fighting methods and internal principles

(and a few Chi Kung exercises.)

www.clearsilat.com/internal-combat-arts