Archives for March 2014

Knockout Striking Lesson 79 Light Hitting for Power

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Knockout Striking Lesson 78 Training Steps (power breaking progression)

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Knockout Striking Lesson 77 Caught by Surprise

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Knockout Striking Lesson 76 Talking with Your Hands

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Knockout Striking Lesson 75 Welcoming Postures

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Knockout Striking Lesson 74 Knife

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Knockout Striking Lesson 73 Suddenness Training

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5 Free Bagua lessons are now online & more are on the way.

Clear’s Bagua is here.

The curriculum is divided into four basic parts:

Part 1 Introduction to Baguazhang
Part 2 Baguazhang Basics
Part 3 Baguazhang Intensive
Part 4 Advanced Baguazhang

…and part 1 will be available on youtube for free.

We just published the first 5 lessons this morning and new lessons will be published there every Thursday.

This is an experiment.

We would normally put the stuff in this Bagua Introduction on a DVD and sell it for $150 – $200. and those who are serious would buy it and love it and train hard like they do with our other DVDs.

…but with Bagua we wanted to try something new.

It might work. It might not.

See, the problem with Bagua is that even if you have one or two training partners, and you practice hard, getting beyond a rudimentary level of skill is almost impossible.

Because Bagua specializes in dealing with multiple attackers you need at least 4 training partners or there will be major holes in your ability.

So our goal is to increase the interest and awareness of Bagua so that more people will want to learn it.

…and that way our students will have an easier time finding training partners and developing quality skill.

We thought the best way to do that is to show people how effective it is.

…not by creating flashy demo videos (though we’ll do some of that to.)

…but by letting them experience the results for themselves.

We’ve always found that the best way to find hardworking students who will persevere and carry an art forward is to let them experience the results for themselves.

Like I said, it’s an experiment. It might work. It might not.

If this experiment is successful, we’ll do more stuff like this.

But that’s up to you.

For this to be successful we need to see that people are learning and benefiting from these lessons. We need to see new people become inspired to take up the study of Bagua.

…and we need to see a number of those folks move past a superficial interest in the art and begin working to master it. So that they can carry it forward to the next generation and beyond.

In Tai Chi, Xing Yi or Silat a small number of people can preserve the art at a high level of skill and carry it forward. All you need is one or two people willing to learn, train hard and eventually teach.

But in Bagua you need more than that just to train it properly, much less maintain a high level of quality and carry it forward.

So, if you like what we’re doing, here’s what you can do to make this experiment successful:

1. Study and Train.

Use these lessons and train hard. Become a shining example of what this art can do.

1B. Of course, to train properly you’ll need a study group. So make the search for training partners a regular part of your weekly training routine. You can always use a few more.

2. Ask questions in the comments of each video.

If you have a question, I guarantee you there are a dozen more people out there wondering the same thing but are too shy to ask. So do them, and yourself, a favor and ask.

3. Share this course.

The more people who see this, the easier it will be to find training partners.

So, go get to work.

Ben Sterling

Kung Fu Challenge Matches

Kung Fu ChallengeOccasionally folks have questions about the validity or effectiveness of a martial art, system or school and will issue a “challenge.”

Typically this is a request to test the school in question by participating in a “challenge match” against one of their students or teachers.

A challenge match is a contest of skill pitting the challenger against a member of the school or system being challenged.

Traditionally the party being challenged determines the rules of the challenge match and the challenger must defeat the senior students of a school before they can challenge the teacher or head of a system.

Since he began teaching in 1983 Sigung Richard Clear has had an open door policy. All are welcome to come visit, participate in training, ask questions and test our methods.

Clear’s Silat & Street Kung Fu “challenge” policy.

Step 1: Schedule a time to visit.

We are too busy and too old for this S#!+ but we do want to make sure you get adequate time and attention to address your concerns.

Contact us to schedule a time to visit our headquarters in Maryville TN USA. Usually this will be a Thursday evening from 7:30 to 10ish. However, we travel frequently so you must make arrangements in advance.

Step 2: Participate in a Class.

We understand that our training methods are unusual. In most cases a little live training with a some Q&A is more than enough to address any concerns someone unfamiliar with our system will have.

You’ll be partnered with a senior student who has the skill and knowledge to answer most questions. You’ll be able to participate in class and you’ll get to learn about what we do and why we do it in a friendly & safe atmosphere.

After all, we just want to be your friend.

Step 3: Challenge Match.

If you still have questions or concerns after class we are happy to discuss them with you. If you still feel a challenge match is necessary we will discuss rules, match you with a suitable opponent and let you try your best. (within reason. ex: Full contact is OK. Live blades and firearms are NOT.)

Additional Requirements:

  • All interactions will be filmed.
  • You must sign a waiver before class releasing us of any liability for any injuries you receive during training and giving us permission to film the interaction and use your likeness on video.
  • Sigung Clear is eager to participate in a challenge against you. However, he is 50, type 1 diabetic and has kids to think about. So we’re not going to let him, unless you demonstrate that you can train in a friendly and safe manner during class and prove yourself against one of us (his senior students) first.
  • You are welcome to bring an assistant to to film the interaction for your own records.