About Clear’s Xing Yi
Xing Yi is one of the deadly old hand Kung Fu styles that has been refined with the vicious survival mindset of the Kun Tao masters.
There is not much in the way of frills in the art but what it lacks in window dressing it more than makes up for in practicality and internal power.
In Indonesia this lethal efficiency is admired as death in the jungle can come awfully suddenly quick.
Sigung Richard Clear has over 35 years of continuous study in the Martial Arts. He has studied Xing Yi in the US and in China.
Clear’s Xing Yi is designed to build internal fighting skill as efficiently as possible.
It combines clear in-depth instruction & step by step lessons with an emphasis on real-world application.
8 Month Intensive Xing Yi Curriculum
Their are 21 chapters in our Xing Yi program. The first 11 chapters discussed below will take approximately 4 months to complete.
With hard work and dedication it will take about 8 – 12 months to become proficient in all 21 chapters.
– Prologue: Basic Self Defense Movements for The 5 Elemental Fists
– Chapter 1: The Basic Physical Movement of each Element
– Chapter 2: The Internal Action of each Element
– Chapter 3: Fighting Use of Proper Body Mechanics. (Dim Mak & 1 Touch KO’s)
– Chapter 4: Dropping Root with Every Hit
– Chapter 5: Hsing-I Fortifies the Center
– Chapter 6: Hsing-I is a Closing Art
– Chapter 7: Bone Shields & The Thorny King
– Chapter 8: Offensive Fighting Methods of the Elements
– Chapter 9: The Evil Version of Each Element
– Chapter 10: Offensive Fighting Principles with Each Element
– Chapter 11: The Animals Are Simply Extensions of the Elements
(Join the program to learn about Chapters 12 – 21)
Prologue: Basic Self Defense Movements for The 5 Elemental Fists
First things first: Survival.
The first question that must be answered by any martial artist or system is,
“Can you fight?”
If the answer is no, all the rest doesn’t matter.
So before we get into the full Xing Yi program you learn how to fight with each fist.
These methods are simple and direct so you can learn them quickly.
You learn how to be “suddenly quick” so you can overwhelm the opponent before they see you move.
Real fights are MESSY.
…but many teachers and even some MASTERS seem to have forgotten this.
They’ll start with every maddening detail of the technique.
…Nit picking every little thing…
Problem is, in the beginning, when the adrenalin kicks in all that detail goes out the window and you’re left with gross motor movements.
So, in the beginning, we keep it simple, direct and powerful.
If you’ve had some previous Xing Yi training the first couple chapters may seem almost stupidly simple.
By the end of this program, you’ll be mixing and matching complex ‘energetics’ fighting principles and movements…
…and you’ll be able to USE it in a fight.
…but ONLY because you started with simple application and an in depth study of the fundamentals.
Xing Yi Quan is based on 5 Elemental Fists.
(Often just called ‘fists’ or ‘elements.’)
In many systems these fists are learned as forms. Sometimes these forms are short and simple. just one or two movements. and in some systems they are more complex and intricate.
The important thing to know is that each of the elements represents an idea.
Being able to use that idea is what’s important.
Being able to do a pretty form based on that idea is not.
The first part of the idea to understand is the basic physical movement of each element.
Chapter 1: The Basic Physical Movement of each Element
In this chapter you learn how to use the physical action of each element.
If you’ve trained some Xing Yi forms before, it’s important that you focus on these physical actions for a moment and forget about the form. (for now, don’t worry we’ll come back to it.)
The actions are what’s important, and the simple you go about it in the beginning the better of you’ll be in the long run.
The more you can use these actions from any kind of position, The more you will actually be able to fight with them.
The more stuck you are in the ABC specifics of a form the less functional it will be.
You also learn how to use these movements with many different tools. Elbows, Fingers, Palm, Fist or whatever is most appropriate at any given moment.
The movement is what’s important, not the tool.
Chapter 2: The Internal Action of each Element
In this chapter you learn how to use the Internal Action of each fist.
These internal actions are what separate an internal martial art from an external one.
As you practice these actions your movement will become much faster and a lot more powerful. (with less effort)
Although each element represents one primary internal action, ALL of these internal actions are present in every element.
Focus on the internal actions individually for now. Make sure you get them down.
Soon we’ll begin combining them and adding a lot more fighting principles, internal actions & ‘energetics.’
So that’s the first two chapters of Clear’s Kuntao Xing Yi.
At this point you already have a basic understanding of how to fight with Xing Yi and you’re beginning to build some real internal power and explosive speed.
Chapter 3: Fighting Use of Proper Body Mechanics. (Dim Mak & 1 Touch KO’s)
In this chapter you will build an internal alignment we call ‘post.’
We call it post because if someone pushes on you, or hits you, or you hit them they should feel as if they ran into a solid fence post or telephone pole.
This quality is a very important part of Xing Yi Quan.
First you learn some efficient ways to build these body mechanics.
(note: This training does not involve traditional Xing Yi ‘Standing Practice.” However if you already do some standing practice then the training in this chapter will help you do that standing practice more correctly and get more out of it.)
Then you learn how to move, strike and FIGHT with these principles.
This adds a LOT of power and body integrity to everything you’ve learned already.
Once you’ve developed this quality of movement and power… ..then the last half of this chapter is on how to aim and focus this power.
This is where you begin to develop the advanced internal Dim Mak of Xing Yi. This is also one type of 1 Touch Knockout hitting.
There are two ways use this.
The first one you learn is how to target someone’s whole body or ‘frame.’ This will move somebody but it won’t normally injure them.
This method is great because you can practicing deliver power over and over without hurting your partner.
With a little practice you’ll be able to ‘pop’ your training partner several feet through the air. This is great for demos because folks can easily see the amount of power you are delivering but no one gets hurt.
Internal Dim Mak
The second method you’ll learn is how to target a small area inside the opponent.
Instead of moving them this method will rupture organs or break bones depending on where you aim.
This is the advanced Dim Mak and it’s the primary way you would strike for self defense.
Obviously you have to be careful training this skill.
You’ll learn several ways to train this safely with a partner as well as ways to train it with inanimate objects so you can work on building more power correctly and without hurting your training partners.
So that’s chapter 3…
You’ll want to put some time into this. These principles are basic to any quality Xing Yi system
You will add these principles to everything you’ve learned so far and…
Everything in Chapters 4 – 21 builds on top of the skill you develop in this chapter.
Xing Yi Chapter 4: Dropping Root with Every Hit
The first thing you learn in this chapter is another way to add more power.
By itself this method should give your hits a bone breaking quality but you’re going to combine this with everything you’ve learned so far for even more power.
(with a little practice this will double or triple your power.)
Now, at first folks who train this method have to move a little slowly to maintain the proper body state.
That’s why the very next thing you learn is how to use continuous explosive movement while keeping this kind of power in every part of the movement.
Last but not least you learn how to use your legs.
Though we’ve used the lower body a little, you’ve mostly learned about fighting with the upper body.
So now you learn how to kick, stomp and shred with your legs while still using everything else you’ve learned so far.
So that’s Chapter 4.
Chapter 5: Hsing-I Fortifies the Center
This is one of the key differences between the internal arts.
Tai Chi Dissolves the center…
Bagua Moves the center…
and Xing yi fortifies the center.
You’ve been learning a lot of things that lend themselves to this principle already
but simply fortifying your center isn’t enough.
So in this chapter you also learn to dominate the opponents center with your fortified center.
You learn to take control of their center and never let it go.
…And once you control it all of your strikes are driving right to their spine again and again and again.
So first you learn to use this principle
Then this chapter continues with 6 games that will help you and a partner refine this principle as well as tune up all the skills you’ve learned so far.
…by working against a resisting opponent…
…while having fun
Chapter 6: Hsing-I is a Closing Art
In this chapter you learn how to aggressively attack and run someone over like a freight train.
This is the primary fighting strategy of Hsing-I Chuan.
When given half a chance Hsing-I will quickly close on an attacker, run them over and come out the other side.
Machine Gun Hitting
The first thing you learn is how to deliver rapid multiple Fa Jing strikes.
This explosive short distance striking allows you to deliver whole body powered strikes at very close range.
You need this because the very next thing you learn is a principle call Smothering Zero Pressure.
Basically with this principle you will be able to shut down your opponents ability to do much of anything (because they have no room to do it)
…While you run them over…
…While you continue to blast and strike with full power.
The last thing you learn in this chapter is some leverage principles that allow you to take a much bigger attacker, pick them up and run them into a wall (or whatever) while still doing everything else you’ve learned so far.
Chapter 7: Bone Shields & The Thorny King
This is a short but very important chapter.
The first thing you learn is how to use the hard parts of your body to protect the soft and vulnerable parts of your body.
However Xing Yi primarily uses this skill offensively.
So next you learn how each of the five element ‘shapes’ use this principle.
And then we take what you’ve learned already, add this principle, and kick it up a notch…
…Until you can take almost any contact with an opponent and make it painful to them.
(Even when they’re trying to strike you.)
Chapter 8: Offensive Fighting Methods of the Elements.
You’ve already learned some basic self defense methods with each of the elements
And you’ve started to put some of the core fighting principles, internal alignments and power generation methods of Xing Yi together.
Now its time to deepen your understanding of methods contained in each element.
First you learn some explosive blasting versions of the elements.
Then we go through each fist and step by step and you learn a bunch of fun ways to destroy and opponent with them.
Xing Yi Chapter 9: The Evil Version of Each Element.
Exactly what is sounds like.
In this chapter you learn some especially vicious ways to use each fist.
Chapter 10: Offensive Fighting Principles with Each Element.
I know this sounds kind of like chapter 8. But in chapter 8 we focused on fighting methods that were unique to each fist.
In this chapter you learn several fighting methods and principles that are used by all the elements.
You learn how to destroy anything within reach and make it difficult for an attacker to get next to you.
You learn how to grapple with the five fists. (nothing to fancy yet. we’re sticking to stuff you can learn and use very quickly.)
You also learn a VERY powerful, leverage based, way to use the five fists. One that’s very useful if someone gets too close and is trying to smother or grapple you.
Chapters 11: The Animals Are Simply Extensions of the Elements
The five fists are the foundation of Xing Yi that everything else is derived from.
Part of why our focus in this program is on the five fists is because if you have an in depth, functional understanding of the elements then everything else is just a variation on what you already know.
You’ve already learned a bunch of different ways to use and expression the five elements.
In this short chapter you learn how the animals relate to the 5 fists.
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Here’s a clip from Chapter 16: Spring Power
Intermediate & Advanced Training
For students who wish to pursue Xing Yi’s higher levels. Advanced training is divided into 8 modules that can be studied online or at our annual Xing Yi members workshop.
Recommended Training DVDs
(The following DVDs are recommended but not required to assist in your training.)
Prepare your body for the rigors of Intensive Xing Yi Training.
The Kuntao Dragon Certification Package is an excellent way to begin building internal strength and body mechanics necessary for quality Xing Yi.
We highly recommend that those working towards their Xing Yi Certification complete the Kuntao Dragon first. You will find it very helpful in accelerating your rate of progress.
Internal Iron Palm & Body
These DVDs teach you to build Iron Palm & Body skills using principles that are integral to all 3 Internal Arts.
Our Xing Yi students find them exceptionally useful in advancing their Xing Yi studies.
Internal Iron Body – $179
Internal Combat Arts Online Course
Learn the basic fighting methods and strategies of Kuntao Silat, Xing Yi, Bagua & Tai Chi and learn how these arts relate to each other.
(Members of the Internal Combat Arts Course will receive discounts on the Xing Yi Intensive.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I Access the online lessons with my iPad or Android?
A. Yes, the lessons are mobile friendly and will play on most smartphones and tablets.
Q. Do I need a training partner?
A. Yes & No. You can get a lot out of the program with solo study. However, to get the full benefit of the program and to prepare for a certification test you will need a training partner.
Q. Does my training partner(s) need to be a Clear’s Xing Yi member?
A. No, Your training partners do not need to be members of Clear’s Xing Yi.
Q. What is required for certification?
A. First, become a member. Then complete the 8 month Xing Yi Intensive. Practice diligently with a partner until you are ready and then test at one of our annual Xing Yi workshops.
(Or schedule a private lesson for testing.)