Archives for June 2014

Wing Chun Lesson 3 – Create Openings to Strike

This is lesson 3 in our free online Wing Chun Training.

This game builds directly on the Hide a Hand game you learned in lesson 2. With one important variation.

Instead of trying to get a hand free, your goal is to touch the opponents left shoulder and keep your hand there as long as possible.

One person should play offensively while the other just focuses on defense. Both players will need to use the sticky and trapping skills from lesson 2.

This game is designed to teach the offensive player how to use their sticking and trapping skills to create openings where they can strike the opponent. While the defensive player gets better and sticking and trapping.

Bagua Lesson 8 – Defending Attacks from Behind You

This is lesson 8 in our free online Bagua training.

Transcript: In Bagua, when you’re in single palm position, if the person is attacking around behind you or there position is slightly behind you. The number one thing to do about this is to step. I’m staying positioned so I can turn quickly and so that I have the ability to move out of there at speed.

As soon as I see them I’m off to the races. I’m walking as soon as he’s all framed up at all or looking like he’s bringing something.

If your going to turn to them, the way you’re going to turn to them is to raise the top hand up as if you’re raising a window and looking underneath it. And when you do that you step and then turn back and so literally it becomes he’s pushing down on my arm and he could overcome it while I’m stationary, but now I’m moving and it’s got that same slicing action that made it so I don’t receive the force but he feels like he’s really doing something.

If he hits it it hurts him even though I’m getting out of the way.

From here if I step, which gives me my position through me and I can turn, and I barely need to touch him because it’s a bad position for him and a good position for me.

If he brought a punch from behind your head and one from in front you’re still in that position and keep turning as well off of that position. So I went here and turned as he came with that. And you’re going use it to break his arm or let him go and hit him in the back of the head or to do other things.

Don’t sweat that one right now, I just want to show you that if he had come in behind you it’s either walking or turning into him.

Normally you’d think you’re in a bad position because they are behind you, but if I’m gonna run away, where is he going to be? Behind me, if I’m running. Or even if I’m trying to walk away at some point he probably ends up behind me so it’s not such a bad thing you just have to understand what its strengths are and what its weaknesses are (most people see that right away) and how to use it, both aspects, all of it.

Bagua Lesson 7 – Single Palm Fighting Strategy & Presentation

This is lesson 7 in our free online Bagua training.

Transcript: In Bagua, there are three simple ways that the single palm position can be used for the strategic aspect of fighting.

Fighting in the Single Palm Position

The first one is that I’ve got that palm up here and I’m facing him with that palm. I’ve got the back one as well and the leg and the ability to move and that kind of thing.

Using a Welcoming Posture to set up the Single Palm

The second one is, in Bagua where you walk the circle doing the stationary postures, now some of them are very conducive for fighting stuff. Some of them are more to build your body and that kind of thing and normally most of them do both but there’s a couple or several specifically that are really useful for fighting and specially for multiple attacker situations.

One of the one’s is here, not this or other things, but there or hands out in front of you, kind of. There’s also this idea where you’re walking the circle and you’re doing this bit here and you’re using that, and in this case I’m facing him from here and as soon as he brings something or starts to I come out of there and I’m in single palm, now, like where I was before.

So, if he went around and came again, at some point here I’m striking him and notice I’ve opened back up. Even though I hit here he’s got sort of a strength here so I feel that and I’m coming off of that, from the single palm that I’m in here.

So the simple of this to see it from in front of you would be you’re doing like you’re doing that posture, walking the circle and you use it as you’re receiving. Now it’s not close to your body, when you do it in the form it’s not there either, it’s out in front of you like that.

Somebody in front of you might think it looks like that, that’s fine, but it’s here. As soon as they start to come and you figure out where you need to be going, then it becomes single palm. So that’s the second one.

Single Palm as an emergency technique

The third one is, for simple opening strategy. So the first two were, he’s a fighter and I’m right there, he’s a fighter and I’m right here. The third one is, I’m in whatever situation I’m in and he’s crazed, wants to hit somebody by surprise without them knowing it’s coming and I’m doing whatever I’m doing, and now I went to the position.

Notice that I got off the line, he’s gonna feel that hard hit there, it’s soft to me and I hit the weak spot on him all in the one move. Even if I wasn’t sure of the situation, then I realize there is a punch there and I’ll footwork it. It’s not this, It’s that whole body where the power is coming from.

And when he brings his other punch, same thing again.

Bagua Lesson 6 – Single Palm Position & Stance

This is lesson 6 in our free online Bagua training.

This lesson begins the Single Palm portion of our intro to Bagua. Single Palm is the signature fighting positon of Bagua. In this lesson we cover the basic posture and in the next several lessons we’ll show the fundamental of how to fight effectively from the Single Palm stance.

OK, so we’re going to do Bagua’s single palm position and stance so that you can work on that. So I’ll show it real quick here.

So I’ve got my knees together, I’ve got my butt underneath me, and my waist is turned. I’m off to my side, this is up here kind of like cross-pocket.

This shoulder is not sticking up like that, it’s more like I’m holding something heavy this way and that I came a little bit further with this while keeping that down. Turn the fingers up, put the other hand over there, kind of like ‘get away from me’ kind of a thing.

Single Palm Foot & Leg Position

So footwork first. Put you feet together bend your knees, and then bring you butt back forward a little bit and in. Then scoot that foot so that it wasn’t actually a step, it was a slide out to there.

Make sure that you’re sunk enough so that you can bend the knee like you’re stepping on the gas but that you’re back here and there’s no gap really between your legs. At the same time you could just as easily step behind you, set it down. That way you can also turn, and when you turn, put your legs together like this and notice that my knees are together and the foot could come here or here.

Turn the foot in, now I’m in the same position as i was in a second ago but facing the other direction.

the knees are protecting your groin area. You can pick up the front leg or the back leg if you want to. So you’re very mobile in the position even though to look at it in the beginning or you’re doing it wrong, it seem like it’s not. So the foot is here, pull it out of there completely, pull it up, put it back. The other one, up, back, behind you. Shift it, there they are together. That’s your footwork for simple, simple right now. That’s the footwork for the stance.

Hand and Arm Position

Then from here it’s, put your hand here like it’s holding something. Don’t let that shoulder move even though you’re gonna move that arm all the way across you. Turn that palm over but don’t lift the shoulder, keep it like that. Turn you fingers to the ceiling so that this is pushing down and around and up like that.

Now, don’t have it sharply bent and cut off here as much as it’s sort of angling it’s way up and it should point at the elbow on the other arm and then that hand faces straight out. There are different styles, hand positions and things that people do.

Simple, simple is I want that palm to come off there with no problem. the other arm is helping to cover my whole ribcage, covering those organs as well as your elbow is helping to cover some of that. It’s supporting to some degree that other hand.

Stay sunk for quick stepping

If your butt is sticking out before you step forward, you’re going to have to pull it in and then step. If your but is in, you’re literally rocking the feet and step. Same thing for going backwards. If your but is out, you will feel it in the shift. If it’s down and under you, it’s as fast as you can think to move your foot.

Internal Iron Body (Kuntao Silat)

Kuntao Silat Iron Body Training

Kuntao Silat Iron Body Training

This Iron Body training set is used to kickstart the internal iron development of all Clear’s Silat students.

Iron Body Training FAQ

Q. How much practice time do I need?
A. We recommend at least 20 – 30 minutes per day. (It will take some time to build up to 20 minutes per day. Eventually you could do up to 1 hour if desired.)

Q. How long will it take to develop my Iron Body.
A. That depends on how hard and consistently you train and how much previous development and experience you have. Clear’s Silat students usually begin to see noticeable development in 1 – 2 months.

Q. Are there any special diet, qigong or abstinence required with this practice?
A. You will learn a Bone Marrow Washing method on this dvd that must be practice along with this Iron Body Method. For best results you will need to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest and keep your vices to a minimum.

Q. Does this method need equipment such as iron/bamboo/mung bean beaters or similar stuff?
A. The Kuntao Silat method is internal. There is no equipment needed.

Q. Does the method covers all the body?
A. Yes, it covers the whole body from head to toe.

What’s the difference between the Internal Iron in 100 Days DVD and the new Kuntao Silat Iron Body DVD?

Q. Which Internal Iron Body is better? Tai Chi or Kuntao Silat?

The Internal Iron Body in 100 Days DVD is a Tai Chi method (Xing Yi & Bagua use this as well.)
The Kuntao Silat Iron Body DVD is an internal Kuntao Method.

If you’re focused only on Tai Chi then stick with the Tai Chi one.

If you study our Kuntao Silat, Xing Yi or Bagua… enjoy Iron Body training…
….or you want to increase the pace of your Internal Iron development then get the Kuntao Silat one as well.

Our Kuntao Silat students learn the Kuntao one first and train it for several years before they build on top of it with other methods including the Tai Chi one.

The Kuntao Silat method is faster and a little less common while the Tai Chi one is slower but more advance and more internal.

If you are over 45 years old you’ll want to transition to the Tai Chi method exclusively at some point. However you will accelerate your Iron development quite a bit if you build a base with the kuntao method for a year or so first.

Q. Can I combine the Tai Chi method (Internal Iron Body in 100 days) and the Kuntao Silat method?
A. Yes, you can combine both methods.

If you already have good development with the Tai Chi method and want to add something then learn the Kuntao method and do both at the same time. The primary mechanism at work in the Kuntao method is the spiral which is used in all the internal arts as well.

If you haven’t trained either method start with one train it long enough to fully understand the method and get some decent development and then add the other method to it.

Bagua Lesson 5 – Bagua Intercepting & Cutting

This is lesson 5 in our free online Bagua training.

Bagua has different methods for how it engages or doesn’t engage an opponent. So I’m going to give you some insight into that.

As they bring a punch right down the line, one method is to get out of the way and keep walking, get off the line and keep walking. If you have been looking at other Bagua at all, ever, anywhere where they’re using it some, ideally you’ve seen that a bit.

Softly get out of the way

So that one is what I will call a very soft, to the other person, you’re trying to get them to hit empty air and not even necessarily feel you at all where you’ve made that connection but the connection is light and not stationary, it doesn’t stay put.

Although you will see where they punch and you cut across and they come and you’ll cut across and they come and you’re interacting and being soft until you get into a place where you actually land something.

Let them run into some hard

There is also this idea, I want to get out from in front of it, but I actually want them to feel like they ran into something hard.

This is one of the trickiest things that I try to teach regularly to really convey to people. Because for you, on your side it should feel like I hit air or almost air. for them it should feel like they ran into the wall and this should happen at the same time.

Use the Wedge

How do you get that, how does that happen, how do I get it so that he runs into something hard and I felt soft?

One of the ways I’ve seen it taught, and this is from Dr. John Painter, was what he calls the wedge and with the wedge he’s doing it here and the person comes and he starts coming this way and then it rolls a bit and cuts in so that you’re really rolling across it but they’re hitting into something hard that they can’t navigate through so they’re hitting it hard while you’re sort of coming around them.

So you can start it like that for simplicity. Make sure that it’s not grrr and I roll while keeping in there and I roll it and stay on it so that he feels all that power and it knocks him out of the way and yet I’m getting very little off of that because of the way that I’m wedging into it.

Use the forearms

I’m going to step it up a notch and do it slightly more sophisticated but also something a little more powerful. So what we’re going to use is the whole back of the forearm which we call a bone shield. You’ll notice that if my arm is in front, this part is leading, whether I’m going back or forth, up or down.

It is a little bit rounded because I want all that bony edge right there to be what they’re getting.

It should be that you can tell it’s a hard hit but the back of your forearm is going, “I’m not really feeling a whole lot but it’s good. It’s a rake or a brush, not your wrist but your forearm, back and forth, up and down.

It’s like they’re running into the wall but I’m hanging out here.

Baguazhang Lesson 4 – The Opponent Only Hits Air

This is lesson 4 in our free online Bagua training.

So when Baguazhang is done properly the opponent only hits air or they’ll hit your hard parts that you’re giving them while you’re getting out of the way.

Which means if they hit my elbow, if I’m there I still receive their force in, If I’m moving out of there I feel nothing. they catch my elbow in a place where for me it’s barely a touch but for him it’s BLAM, I just found his elbow! And they’re doing that with a fist or whatever they’re doing it with and it’s incidental to you, you just keep moving. In the middle of a real situation you will probably won’t know it happened.

Let them hit their friends

They’ll hit your hard parts or, they throw their hit at me and they hit their friend, and I help them hit their friend which you will get to in the more advanced programs, but initially he’s hitting his friend over there (in the direction of his punch) while you’re moving out.

So they hit only air, your hard parts (which could be more that just your elbow) or they’re hitting their friends. That’ll work for me just fine.

Baguazhang is Always Powerful

Let me add this last though for you for this part of it.

Baguazhang is powerful, whole body power hits to the opponent’s weak points or position while you’re moving, slipping and evading their attacks.

Just as Baguazhang always flanks and evades (or it’s not really Bagua) Bagua is always powerful or it’s not really Bagua either. thank You.

Bagua Lesson 3 – Your Strength is Always Aimed at Their Weakness

This is lesson 3 in our free online Bagua training.

Lesson Transcript:

First get out of the way.

Part of a Bagua person’s strength in terms of application and strategy is their constant negation of the opponent’s power by moving, stepping and turning. In the beginning it’s gonna be kind of haphazard and probably all over the place.

The further you go and the more you train and the more refined and the more right to the little inch of movement it becomes, then it starts to look like magic. In the beginning it looks like you’re getting the hell out of the way because hopefully you are.

Aim your strength at their weakness.

The next step then, once you’re out of the way, is to aim your strength at their weakness. So when they’re pushing in and I’m getting out of the way, the first thing I’m doing is that negation of the strike by moving, turning and stepping all at the same time.

Then, where is their force, their power at? It’s right there in front. It’s not force on force cause that’s no good for me, it could even hurt me and it’s not trading blows or striking his arms or attacking his power area. I go after whatever is exposed, the back of the head, an organ, or whatever they give me.

You must negate their force

The bigger trick is, if you’re not getting out of the way, you gotta do that first! It doesn’t work if you’re not getting out of the way, negating their force and dissolving, moving, turning and stepping out so that their force is not landing into you to do anything to you.

Learn to analyze their position and always aim your strength at their weakness

It’s not one spot every time, it’s whatever they give you. Once you’re getting out of the way then just put your hand there. You can even pick a safe spot on your partner and not give them a full shot by any means but enough that I go, Ok these spots I’m picking if that’s the shot, how is it? Where he could go, I don’t think so. If they’re going, aw no, that’s good, then you’ve got other things to work on which we’ll get too.