30 Xing Yi Lessons & 7 Qigong Lessons

Internal Combat Arts 16 Week Course:

Kuntao Xing Yi Quan (Weeks 5 – 8)

 ** Lesson 1. Xing Yi Quan

In our Xing Yi training we focus on the Internal Principles and the Fighting Methods first.

We find this is a much more effective way to learn Xing Yi than starting with forms and postures.

  ** Lesson 2. The Five Elements

The 5 Elemental Fists are the core of Xing Yi. All other forms (animals, weapons, linking) are just variations & combinations of the 5 Fists.

** Lessons 3 – 5. Pi Chuan – The Chopping fist

You learn how to add more power & body integration to what you already learned
You learn how to overwhelm the opponent with a rapid barrage of continuous Pi Chuan strikes.

** Lessons 6 – 7. Tsuan Chuan – The Drilling Fist

You learn the powerful ‘drilling’ method of this fist and, just like with Pi, you learn a continues fighting method. (not just the application of a few techniques)

** Lesson 8. Chopping & Drilling

You learn how to combine the Pi and Tsuan methods and use them together.

** Lessons 9 – 10. Beng Chuan – The Crushing fist

You learn the fighting method of Beng Chuan

  ** Lessons 11 – 16. Pao Chuan – The Pounding Fist

You learn another aggressive, overwhelming, powerful and continuous fighting method.

You also learn some important strategic principles you can apply to all of your Xing Yi.

  ** Lessons 17 – 20. Heng Chuan – The Crossing Fist

You learn how to fight with the Crossing Fist.

  ** Lesson 21. Run Over Your Opponent

You learn to use the primary strategy of Xing Yi.

  ** Lessons 22 – 26 Responding to Grabs 

You learn how to destroy a grappling, tackling, takedown type attack with each of the 5 Fists.

  ** Lesson 27. Fortify the Center

You learn how to ‘Fortify the Center.’

This principle is one of the key distinctions between Xing Yi and the other internal arts (Tai Chi & Bagua.)

We will build on the understanding you develop here and add a lot more power and skill with it in the full Xing Yi program.

  ** Lesson 28. The Thorny King

You will learn how to make every contact painful to the opponent.

This principle is important in many Kuntao & Silat systems. Xing Yi in particular uses it very well and very often.

  ** Lesson 29. Spring Power

You learn another way to generate power. You’ll want to drill this to the point where you can combine it with all the power generation methods you’ve learned so far.

  ** Lesson 30. Kun Tao Sticky Hands

You learn a two person freestyle game. It uses the principles you learned to build your skill & power.

Whew, that’s a lot for an introduction.

If you practice all that you’ll build a lot of power and you’ll be able to fight with all 5 Fists.

Sure, it’ll be a little rough at first but you can use it AND you’ll have a solid foundation on which to refine your skill and build advanced ones.

You’ll also learn this Qigong stuff too:

7 Qigong Lessons

  ** Lesson 10. Three Dan Tiens Linear

You learn this important internal alignment exercise. For now this is just an energy building & activation exercise. Eventually this has martial uses as well (Xing Yi for example uses this a lot.)

  ** Lesson 11. Balance and Correct the Meridians

You will learn how to put away and store the energy you build from your qigong practice. You will also learn to balance the meridians.

  ** Lesson 12. Foot Breathing

You learn to breath down to the bottoms of your feet. This is very healthy and it’s also a prerequisite for more advanced breathing methods.

  ** Lesson 13. Bone Marrow Washing & Breathing

You will learn a very powerful energy building, bone strengthening, rejuvenation method.

  ** Lesson 14. Building Physical Constitution & Chi

  ** Lesson 15. Squats & Wall Squats for Kidney Breathing

The exercises you learn here is very good for your kidneys.

  ** Lesson 16. Packing & Storing Chi

You will learn more about storing Chi and you begin learning about ‘packing’ chi.

So, when you’re ready to start learning all that stuff head on over here:


Here’s the short outline of the entire 16 week program:

Weeks 1 – 4: Kuntao Silat & Qigong part 1 (I outlined this section a few days ago.)
Weeks 5 – 8: Xing Yi Quan & Qigong part 2 (Includes everything I outlined in this email)
Weeks 9 – 12: Bagua Zhang
Weeks 13 – 16: Tai Chi Chuan

I’ll talk about the Bagua and Tai Chi sections soon.

Grab them by the insides! (Internal ‘Na’)

The ability to Na (hold or control) is important in all martial arts.

But it’s application is profoundly different between Internal and External systems.

(This is the same ‘na’ in ‘Chin Na’)

The external version is simple.

Just grab the opponent and you’ve done it.

You can then use that grab to break something or pull them into a strike or whatever.

INTERNALLY this gets a little more interesting.

We’re now talking about holding or controlling something INSIDE the other person.

A simple example would be to grab someone’s wrist and yet be able to control their shoulder.

If the person you grab is tense this will be easy. The more they relax the more skill you’ll need to do this.

With training there are many things you can ‘na.’

– Tension (one of the easiest)
– their root
– their balance point
– their breath

In the Internal Combat Arts course you’ll learn how to find and ‘na’ someones center.

(Tai Chi Chuan Lesson 16. http://www.clearsilat.com/internal-combat-arts)

Have you ever heard Xing Yi and Bagua folks talk about touching the opponents spine anytime you make contact?

This is another example.

Any time you make contact (anywhere) you make sure that contact effects the opponents spine.


The key is to build the ability to feel inside your opponent.

You need to be able to put your hand on their wrist and feel the tension in their lower back, or their spine, or their kidney.

That’s why we do so many hands on, tactile games.

Like this one:

And each of the 4 sections in the Internal Combat Arts course includes various games that will continue to build this skill (and many others).


(and they must not know you.)

Being able to see where their head is so you can throw your fist at it is a start…

…but it you want to practice an INTERNAL art you need to go a little deeper than that.


Internal VS External: Application

What’s the difference between Internal & External?

This is a common question and there are a bunch of confusing and misleading answers online.

So here’s a simple answer:

– Internal = Inside the body.
– External = Outside the body.

So to help make things clearer lets talk about application of technique.

So the External is where you put your hands and feet.

1. Smack their arm to turn them, then punch them in the kidney.


2. As they punch, trap their wrist and drive you fore arm through their elbow to break the arm.

So if we want to make these applications Internal then we need to start looking at what’s happening inside the body.

We’ll start with inside the opponent.

When you punch them in the kidney…

– Is the force going into the kidney you’re striking?

– Or maybe you direct it across to damage the kidney on the other side.

– Or down into their lower intestine.

– Or up into the lung, heart or head.

In the 2nd application when you drive your forearm through their elbow…

– Instead you could direct the force to their shoulder to dislocate it instead of breaking the elbow.

– Or you could target their point of balance and turn into a throw instead of a break.

You can also look at what’s happening inside you.

– Are you using a heavy body state?
– A light one?
– Do you have Chan Si Jing (spiralling energy) turned on?
– Are you using compression?
– Are you expanding or contracting?
– Are you using Peng, Lu, Ji or An?

Each one of these body states will change the power of an application and how it affects the opponent.

Ok, here’s the cool part:

Say I’m doing the second app. I’m using a heavy body state, a little bit of An Jing (push) and I’m trying to break their elbow.

What if they counter?

They put enough strength and intent in their elbow that there’s no way I could break it.

Well, an External Martial Artist will need to change his technique. He’ll need to move his hands and feet into a different position so he can apply a different technique.

This takes time.

The Internal Martial Artist only has to change his mind.

– Heavy becomes light.
– An becomes Ji.
– and the target becomes his shoulder.

With a little training, this change can happen almost as fast as you can think.

Much faster than moving your hands and feet.

…and if the opponent doesn’t have the sensitivity to pick up the change and the internal skill to counter you fast enough then they don’t have much of chance.

And you can keep changing. Again and again in an instant.

Or you can strike (issue power) multiple times to multiple targets without changing your position or point of contact.

This is ONE of the key differences between internal and external.

We’ll talk about a few others over the next couple days.

When you’re ready to start learning how to fight at the speed of thought,

Go check this out:


Am I too old to start training?

Here’s another FAQ we get:
“Am I too old to start training? I’m well aware that there are many masters in their 60s, 70s 80s & older that are capable of tremendous feats…but I’m fairly certain that most, if not all, started their training at an age earlier than mine.”
There is a myth that Tai Chi & the Internal Arts take a lifetime to master.
This is a MYTH.
Teachers who don’t teach spread this myth so that in 5, 10 or 20 years you won’t question the fact that you are still at a beginner level in these arts.
There is a grain of truth hidden in the myth.
(this makes it believable.)
These arts ARE deep enough that you can continue to gain skill and knowledge throughout your entire life.
Don’t confuse “can be studied for a lifetime” with “takes a lifetime to learn.”
Mastery = Comprehensive knowledge and skill in a subject.
20 years is plenty of time to become highly skilled.
(for Tai Chi. Simpler arts will take a lot less time.)
Learning to fight effectively doesn’t take nearly as long.
When you look at masters that started young they were often considered masters in their late 20’s / early 30’s. 
Yang Chen fu for example began teaching publicly at 31 (so probably about 20 – 25 years of experience.) He was one of the first Tai Chi folks to teach publicly so there’s no way he started doing that without already being a master of the art at the top of his game.
There are also stories of masters who started in later in life. I’ll go look one of them up to share with you later.
So, what’s the best place to get started?
That would be our Internal Combat Arts Course.
This is a 16 week online training program that guides you through the fighting fundamentals of Xing Yi, Bagua, Tai Chi & Kuntao Silat.
In addition to all the combat stuff this program will also help you build a strong Qigong practice. Both for health and for more advanced fighting stuff later on.
You can start training right now:

Can you really learn Internal Arts from video?

I’ve been asked this several times in the last few days.

So, can people LEARN complex and difficult skills by video?

Yes, it happens all the time in many different fields. 

(even surgical techniques are taught by video.)

Can people learn from OUR videos?

Yes. We have many students who successfully study from dvd.

(in fact one of the more common comments from students with 15- 20 years of previous experience is that they learned more from one of our videos than from the last 10 or so years of live instruction.)

Can YOU learn from our videos?

I don’t know, Can you?

  ** Do you have the patience to pause the DVD every couple of minutes so you can practice what you’ve seen?

  ** Do you have the discipline to work that skill until you get it instead of skipping ahead on the video?

  ** Are you willing to do the work it takes to build these skills?

  ** Are you willing to do the work it takes to find 1 or 2 or 5 training partners to work with regularly?

In a dojo the training partners are supplied for you, the training times are scheduled for you and you have someone standing over your shoulder telling you to work harder and spoon feeding you new info as they deem you are ready.

In the beginning this makes things easier.

More convenient.

But the internal arts are not easy.

They are not convenient.

Ultimately, even with live training, you will need to step up and take charge of your education.

When you’re ready to progress at your own pace, on your own terms, we are here:

Why 90 year old masters look half their age.

The other day I made a quick comment about the old internal masters looking
half their age.

And, some of you have been asking me to talk more about that.

What’s their secret?

And, how can YOU do the same — so in old age you’re still flexible,
tough and looking like you’re in your 40’s when you’re pushing 60, 70
or even 80.

The answer:

Build Internal Skill. The same things we talked about last time.

But here’s the secret:

It’s gotta be real.

Doing some Qi Gong set over and over doesn’t cut it. You’ve got to be
able to FEEL what’s going on inside your body.

“Feel the Energy” is NOT some random slogan we dreamed up ‘cause it
looked good on our t-shirts.

We didn’t stick it on there to try to appeal to the ‘new age’ modern
hippy who’s scared of us because we can fight with our Tai Chi.

No, It’s on there because you have GOT to be able to feel it.

Not in some wishy washy abstract kinda way.

It’s gotta be real.

As real as that sick to your stomach, almost gonna puke, feeling you
get when you take a punch to the gut.

Now that’s real.

You know it because you can feel it.

To gain the health benefits of Internal training it’s got to be just as
real. (only in a good way.)

That’s where the Internal Power video comes in:


It’s got a bunch of carefully designed games & drills that teach you
how to really feel what’s happening inside your body.

Sigung Clear spent a long time developing this program so you could
actually learn it by video.

All you need is a training partner.

Sigung Clear has been researching this stuff for over 30 years now.

So far this is the fastest, most effective, method he’s found for
building Internal Skill.

Oh, and there’s one other secret:

You’ve got to do the work.

It’s powerful and effective training but you’ve got to put in the
effort, the Kung Fu, to make it happen.

This isn’t some magic pill.

If you’re looking for the easy path just go back to doing empty forms
and you’ll get the same health benefits as a walk in the park.

But if you’ll put in the extra effort, the rewards are profound.

 – Increased bone and muscle density.
 – Better boyd oxygen levels.
 – Lower blood pressure & heart rate.
 – Better balance, posture and alignment.

 – Learn to feel & manipulate Chi
 – Strengthen your mind intent
 – Build an immense reservoir of Chi

…and that’s just for starters.

As you build skill the benefits increase.

And the method is deep. So you can continue to add to it as you learn


It is work, BUT it’s also all two person games and drills. So it’s
a lot of fun  as well.

Much better than something like standing practice, which is not only
less effective but also incredibly boring.

If you think that a kiss…

“If you think that a kiss is all in the lips c’mon,
you got it all wrong, man.” – Jack White.

And if you think that a punch is all in the hips,

…Oh Well…

then do the twist.

Most martial artists just do the twist over and over.

Dancing to same old song.

Only it looks a little different now,

With those creaking knees and aching hips, it
just ain’t what it used to be.

Didn’t their momma ever tell them that it’s
what’s on the inside that counts?

 – The alignments,
 – the body states,
 – the yi and the chi.

I don’t see too many of the old Internal masters

They just keep getting better and better, while
looking about half their age.

Because ultimately a kiss…

 …a dance…  ..your ‘age’..

even a punch..

..is all in your head.

Your ability to direct your intention, and the
internal skill to make that intent a reality.

That’s what counts.

So, don’t do the twist anymore.

Develop your intention & your internal skill with
our Internal Power training:


…and then go use it to impress your friends.

Because friends don’t let friends do the twist.

I know why you’re here…

I know what you’ve been doing.

Why you live alone and why night after night you practice Kata & Form.

You’re looking for it.

I know because I was once looking for the same thing…

[I just watched The Matrix for the first time since I began studying Xing Yi. I now think everybody should learn a little Xing Yi just so they can watch The Matrix again with new eyes.

Neo at the beginning of the movie reminds me of myself and all those external martial artists out there trapped in a matrix of rote technique and kata.

…and then one day you begin to wonder, to question…]

It’s the question that drives us.

It’s the question that brought you here.

You know the question just as I did.

“What is the Internal? How do I use it?”

The answer is out there,

It’s looking for you…

…And it will find you if you want it to.


S01E01 – Why I Lie About These Internal Iron Palm Questions

In this episode:

  1. How Many Tai Chi Players…
  2. The Iron Palm Questions I Never Answer Honestly
  3. Don’t Ever Stop Your External Training …Or ELSE
  4. The Advanced Internal Strikes Checklist
  5. The Secret Weapon for Lack of Sleep… Better Than Caffeine 

Links from the show: