There are 21 chapters in our Xing Yi intensive. With hard work and dedication it will take about 16-24 months to become proficient in all 21 chapters.
Prologue: Basic Self Defense Movements for The 5 Elemental Fists
First thing's 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 adrenaline 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. Click Here to begin your Xing Yi Training
About Richard Clear
Sigung Richard Clear has over 40 years of continuous study in the Martial Arts. His Xing Yi lineage is Guo Yunshen > Wang Xiangzhai > Lee Yingarng > Dr. Fred Wu > Tyrone Jackson All the Xing Yi masters in Sifu Clear's lineage were known to travel and study form multiple teachers. Sifu Clear has continued this tradition studying from many teachers both in the US and in China. One of his most influential teachers is Willem 'Uncle Bill' de Thouars who Clear has studied with for over 20 years.
Even though he is in his 80s Willem de Thouars personal expression of Hsing-I is still internally powerful and shockingly sudden even today as of this writing.
Just wanted to say how glad I am about this material. The internal Push Hands and the Xing Yi course have in just a few weeks improved my martial skill tremendously.
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 Xing Yi member? A. No, Your training partners do not need to be members of Clear Xing Yi.
Q. How long does the course last? A. You will receive access to new lessons and training steps every week for a little under 2 years. If you keep up with the pace of the program, you should have serious progress before it's even over.
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.
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.
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.
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.