Tastes Bitter But It’s Fun (6 weeks left)

Just a little reminder today.

Our Hsing-I Chuan workshop is only 6 weeks away.

Make sure you’re working on the prep materials and ask me any questions you have so we can have everybody on the same page when you get here.

If you haven’t signed up yet the deadline is drawing closer.

Get your travel planes made and let us know you’re coming so we can give you the material to work on before the workshop.

If you’re into Hsing-I (Xing Yi) or you just want more power. This is the workshop to be at.

It’s an intensive immersion experience that will build a lot of power and make sure you can move with it.

Our goal is to cover the entire curriculum during this weekend so you have a complete package to take home with you and train.

Me and a few of the other Hsing-I students started getting together in the mornings for a few hours to train and get ready for this event. I’m sore and tired but I’m already seeing faster improvements.

Tastes bitter but it’s fun!

I recomend you up your training in the coming weeks and make sure to get plenty of sleep in the days leading up to this workshop.

Here’s the link if you still need details on the workshop:


Take Care,
Ben Sterling

P.S. We are considering offering a morning Hsing-I warm up/ workout each day of the workshop.

Let me if you are interested (those who are attending.)

‘The Power Source of Xing Yi’

That was the title of a seminar I went to a little while ago.

It sounded good. I thought I might learn something about how to add more power to my Xing Yi or at least how to use some of what I already knew more effectively.

It was only a 2hr seminar so I didn’t expect a lot. but worst case I’d get to do Xing Yi for 2 hrs.

Or so I thought.

Instead we played follow the leader for 2 hrs as the teacher did his version of the 5 fists.

Not a word about power.

No explanation on why he likes that particular flavor of the 5 fists.

Just a bunch of choreography packed into a short period of time so even if that’s all you wanted you wouldn’t be able to learn it.

This kind of thing is all too common. It’s a big part of why the Internal Martial arts have little or no respect among the greater martial arts population.

Our Xing Yi workshop in July will be different.

Instead of 2hrs you’ll get 3 full days. We’ll start around 10am. Break for lunch in the afternoon and then keep going until at least 7pm. Probably later on some days. (I recommend you bring some snacks.)

You’ll learn many different flavors of the 5 fists (include animals) and WHY they are important. You’ll learn how they add power or change how a fist is used.



Don’t get me wrong you will learn the 5 fists but you WON’T be trying to follow along and memorize choreography.

Instead you’ll learn how to USE Xing Yi. You’ll learn the method behind the madness.

You’ll learn the different ways that Xing Yi generates the internal power it’s famous for and you’ll learn how to use them.

Oh, and instead of standing for hours each day, we’ll show you ‘inner door’ methods for building the internal alignments, energy and power of Xing Yi that are much faster than standing practice.

They’re not shortcuts because they still ‘taste bitter.’ you still have to do the hard work it takes to build internal kung fu but you get a lot more reward for the effort you put in.

Come play Xing Yi with us in July:


The workshop in July 2012 was excellent and our Xing Yi program is now available online here: http://www.clearsilat.com/xing-yi

Xing Yi Q&A

We’ve been asked several questions about our Xing Yi program.

Why Xing Yi?

Because it’s efficient, explosive, effective, powerful.

Because it builds internal power quickly and is quick to learn.

Why Now?

Because it’s time…

Sigung Clear began learning Xing Yi (and I Chuan) in the early 80’s. Since then he has pursued it in depth because of its street effectiveness and internal power.

He began teaching it in the mid 90’s.

But, until now, it was embedded in the Kun Tao Silat program as the last step before earning a Black Sash (phase 4.)

Over the last couple years, more and more people have been asking about our Xing Yi training.

So he felt it was time to put together a straight Xing Yi program for Xing Yi players and enthusiasts who want to get to the essence of the system and build skill as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What is Kun Tao Xing Yi?

Kun Tao are Kung Fu systems that have been refined & streamlined by their exposure to the fighting systems of South East Asia.

So Kun Tao Xing Yi is a Xing Yi system that has been streamlined to build skill as efficiently as possible.

Sigung Clear has studied Xing Yi with Kun Tao Silat masters from the islands as well as traditional Xing Yi masters in mainland China.

He has put together a curriculum that will take beginners and bring them up to fighting speed with Xing Yi (if they’re willing to do the work.)

…And it will take experienced Xing Yi players and help them understand the purpose behind the form. It will give them the tools to build the skill they’ve seen from other Xing Yi Masters.

Clear’s Xing Yi will be accepting new students in the fall.