Where did Sigung Clear’s Yiquan come from?

It’s Q&A time. A reader asks,

“Where does Sigung Clear’s Yiquan come from?”

Another version of this question that pops up occasionally is less polite,

“How the hell did he learn all this different stuff?!”

To answer the second question: This year marks Sigung Clear’s 40th year in the arts. 40 years of research, study, travel, and hard work will do that.

Sigung Clear first began learning Yiquan from his original Xing Yi teacher Tyrone Jackson.

Our Xing Yi lineage is:

Kuo Yun Shen > Wang Xiangzhai > Lee Ying Arng > Dr. Fred Wu > Tyrone Jackson > Richard Clear.

Wang Xiangzhai is also the creator of Yiquan.

Master Wang felt that Xing Yi was often taught with too much emphasis on ‘outer form’, neglecting the essence of true martial power. So in the mid 1920’s He started to teach what he felt was the essence of the art and simply called it Yiquan.

An approach that is similar in many ways to the Kuntao emphasis on practicality and function over form.

Because of Master Wang’s influence, the Xing Yi that Richard Clear learned from Tyrone was mixed with Yiquan and heavily influenced by this philosophy of focusing on the essence of the art.

Of course, Sigung Clear has continued his studies since that time. Learning Xing Yi & Yiquan from a number of skilled teachers in the US and in China. Including from his Kuntao & Silat teacher Willem deThouars.

Our upcoming Yiquan course is a distillation of this study.

It will focus on the core of Yiquan and teach you why it does what it does and how it does it.

How to train it, how to build it, etc…

You can study the Yiquan course in two ways:

1 As a standalone program this course will teach you how to fight with Yiquan, why it does what it does and how to build the internal skills it’s known for.

2. For our Xing Yi students, this should be considered an advanced training module. It will teach you the Yiquan part of our Xing Yi curriculum and take your skill to another level.

The Yiquan course will be available on January 20th.

More details will be available soon at:


Don’t waste time standing around when you could be learning to Fight with Yiquan.

Standing runs rampant in all the Internal Arts but none more so than Yiquan.

Unfortunately there are major pitfalls with standing practice that very few practitioners avoid.

…and as a result they don’t learn the skills they’re looking for and instead build bad habits that have to then be unlearned before they can get to square one.

In these two videos Sigung Clear discusses the Yiquan training progression:

…and how to train Yiquan the traditional way:

…but first I want to cover two common mistakes folks make when trying to do standing practice.

1. Know Why & What You’re Doing!
People often approach standing with vague ideas about what they’re working or gaining from the practice.

Be specific!

Each time you stand you should be working on a very specific skill or skillset and have very specific goals in mind.

for example, if you’ve chosen to work on root during your next session then you should pick a specific quality of root you wish to improve upon. For example: depth of your root.

Then, don’t just try to get deeper. Be specific. If the deepest you can root is 20 feet (the minimum for first level push hands certification) then try to push it to 25.

2. Don’t stand too long!

You’re trying to transform your body (or mind.) This does not come easily. It takes hard work over time.

Just like strengthening the body through weight training, if you can do a high number of reps you’re probably not using enough weight to be effective.

If you are working correctly then it should be very difficult to stand for more than 15 minutes, If you can stand for more than 15 minutes then, most likely, you are NOT practicing correctly or working hard enough.

Standing practice can only produce the benefit it’s supposed to when paired with an understanding of the fighting application and internal principles of the art.

Though it’s important to understand the traditional public teachings, function must always come before form.

Stay tuned for more on our Yiquan course. Coming January 20th.

What is Yiquan (I Chuan) & How do I fight with it?

We have two new videos up on youtube about the art of Yiquan.

Yiquan is a powerful branch of Xing Yi that focuses on the role of the mind (Yi) in fighting. Like Xing Yi, Yiquan is very aggressive and very powerful.

What is Yiquan? (I-Chuan)

How to Fight with Yiquan.

Over the next few weeks we’re going to dig deeper into Yiquan and what it’s about as we prepare for the release of our Yiquan course on January 20th.

If you’re not already subscribed to our Youtube channel, I recommend doing so while you’re watching those videos.

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.