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:

http://www.clearsilat.com/internal-combat-arts

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.

16 Kun Tao Silat Lessons & 9 Qigong Lessons in 4 weeks.

So the Internal Combat Arts Course is now available,

…and people have been asking what exactly is being taught during this 16 week program.

In the first 4 weeks there are 16 Kun Tao Silat lessons & 9 Qigong lessons.

The work you do in this section builds skills you need for the Xing Yi, Ba Gua & Tai Chi that comes later in the program.

But first, the Silat.

Lesson 1: Kun Tao Silat 

 – Understanding why an art does what it does is very important to any long term success in that art.

Lesson 2: Avoidance & Awareness

 – Some key skills you must train if you ever want to actually be able use these arts for self defense

Lesson 3: Do Not Exchange with the Attackers

 – Learning how to make sure everything bad happens to the other guy is a key principle in all combative (i.e. not sport) arts.

Lesson 4: Closest Available Target (gifts)

 – Learn how to use the gifts your opponent gives you.

Lesson 5: Rolling Tjimande Strike

 – Learn a powerful bone breaking strike. This begins to lay the foundation for some Internal striking you’ll get to later.

Lesson 6: The Open Hand

 – All of these arts use the open hand extensively so it’s very important for you to understand it’s power.

Lesson 7: Attitude & Power

 – The correct mindset when using Kuntao Silat will add a tremendous amount of power to your technique.

Lesson 8: Stance

 – Location, Location, Location. Understanding where and how to position your body is absolutely critical to success. The vast majority of martial artists do this WRONG.

Lesson 9: Empty Hand VS Knife

– Silat always assumes blades are involved. Even if you carry a blade (or any weapon) you will not always have access to it. It is vital to understand the realities of defending yourself against an armed opponent and incorporate that into every aspect of self defense training.

Lesson 10: Hamburger Range (close the distance)
 – In Knife work, controlling distance is VITAL.

Lesson 11: The Power of Soft: Defeating Destructions

 – Kuntao Silat likes to attack aggressively with the hard parts of the body (elbows, knees, fists, etc…) and it assumes the attackers will also (like an aggressive Thai boxer for example.) Understanding how softness can defeat this method is very important.

Lesson 12: Grappling

 – The study of grappling in Kuntao Silat can get very extensive and elaborate. For now, we are going to keep it simple and immediately street practical by focusing on the question: “What if they grab you?”

Lesson 13: Hands Free Holds

 – When Silat grapples, not only do you trap, lock and break your opponent but you do so while keeping your hands free whenever possible.

Lesson 14: Tackles

 – In which we answer the question: “What if they try to tackle you?”

Lesson 15: Takedowns

 – In which we answer the question: “What if they try to pull your legs out from under you?”

Lesson 16: Games & Drills

 – Learn some of the games we use to build a variety of important skills.

You’ll also start building a strong Qigong practice. 

This part may seem mostly health oriented at first but if you train this diligently it will have a profound impact on your martial ability and power later.

Chi: Energy Activation Cultivation & Flow

Lesson 1: Relaxation

 – Absolutely critical to your internal development and your health.The cultivation of true relaxation (song) is a never ending process.

Lesson 2: Awareness

 – Learn how to begin feeling and understanding what is going on internally. (this is absolutely necessary for high level internal skills.)

Lesson 3: Quiet The Mind

 – Another key skill for both long term health and advance internal ability.

Lesson 4: Activating Yin & Yang

 – We begin working on this idea by working with two body states that you’ll use over and over in our training: Heavy & Light.

Lesson 5: Wu Chi

 – Learn the fundamental internal alignment that everything else is built on.

Lesson 6: Rooting

 – Another absolutely vital skill for success in these arts. (and one that is misunderstood and not trained correctly by most INTERNAL Martial Artists.)

Lesson 7: Body Connection

 – Learn how to connect the body so you can use it as one whole piece. This will greatly benefit your health and is crucial for all the arts we do.

Lesson 8: Removing Blockages

 – Blockages will cause health problems and limit the effectiveness of any Qigong or energy work.

Lesson 9: Energy Alignment

 – Keeping your “energy” properly aligned has a bunch of health and martial benefit over time.

So that’s everything we teach in the first 4 weeks of this course.

In weeks 5 – 8 we build on this with some Xing Yi Quan training and more Qigong but I’ll talk about that later.

If you’re ready to learn this stuff head on over to:

http://www.clearsilat.com/internal-combat-arts

This is an online course so you can get started as soon as you join. (You don’t have to wait on any shipping.)

Do you teach the health part of Xing Yi in your Xing Yi program?

No.

Our Xing Yi program is about how to fight.

You will develop the internal power and fighting methods of Xing Yi.

It will make you stronger, more powerful and your body will become more connected, and this does have some health benefit, But it’s a byproduct of the martial training.

It’s not something that’s taught in the course.

I have a shoulder that’s plagued me for some time.

Tai Chi helped a little.

So did Qigong and our Fa Kung Healing methods, but nothing could get rid of it.

(To much bad posture while working in front of the computer and no sleep keeps aggravating the problem.)

…But the Xing Yi seems to be just what it needed.

As long as I practice consistently I have no problems with it.

When we filmed most of the Xing Yi program in one weekend, I expected the long days and little sleep to aggravate the problem but instead it went away completely.

(Until I spent a couple weeks doing very little training while not sleeping and sitting hunched over in front of the computer for long hours every day.)

Still, DONT join our Xing Yi program if you are looking for the health side.

That’s not what its about.

Our Internal Combat Arts course on the other hand…

http://www.clearsilat.com/internal-combat-arts

…is mostly martial. It has some of that fight first Xing Yi training (as well as some Kuntao Silat, Bagua and Tai Chi)

But it will also teach you the fundamentals of a strong Qigong practice that you’ll get a lot of great health benefits from. (in addition to enhancing the power of your martial training.)

I’m going to get away from this computer and go do some Xing Yi now…

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:

http://www.clearstaichi.com/tai-chi-dvd/internal-power-video

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
more.

http://www.clearstaichi.com/tai-chi-dvd/internal-power-video

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.