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Head of Clear's Silat and Clear Tai Chi
Head of Clear's Silat and Clear Tai Chi

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Learn to build and use the primary energies of Tai Chi: Sung (softness,) Peng (ward off,) Lu (rollback,) Ji (press,) & An (push.)

These 5 principles are considered the foundation of Tai Chi.

In this video Sigung Clear breaks down these principles. You’ll learn how to build them and use them to add more power and effectiveness to all your Tai Chi skills and techniques.

20% off until Wed June 24th

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Learn to build and use the primary energies of Tai Chi: Sung (softness,) Peng (ward off,) Lu (rollback,) Ji (press,) & An (push.)

These 5 principles are considered the foundation of Tai Chi.

In this video Sigung Clear breaks down these principles. You’ll learn how to build them and use them to add more power and effectiveness to all your Tai Chi skills and techniques.

20% off until Wed June 24th

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Do your form while working to stay in the current moment. Not thinking about what you have already done and not thinking about what you are going to do. All of the focus is on what you are doing right now.
Most folks will get in a hurry through the form transitions and start thinking ahead. Instead enjoy the transition for each part of itself (into it, the change from into it to going back out of it and then going out of it).
For most folks this is much harder than it sounds. But, still great practice for discipline of the mind, body and spirit. 
Do your form while working to stay in the current moment.  Not thinking about what you have already done and not thinking about what you are going to do.  All of the focus is on what you are doing right now.  

Most folks will get in a hurry through the form transitions and start thinking ahead.  Instead enjoy the transition for each part of itself (into it, the change from into it to going back out of it and then going out of it).  

For most folks this is much harder than it sounds.  But, still great practice for discipline of the mind, body and spirit.  :)
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Wing Chun arm breaks.  These techniques are also used by Tai Chi and Ba Gua.   http://youtu.be/KsMd3zC9J04

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I was sent the following message from a person looking for info and thought it would be worth posting here as to me the full answer to this could easily fill a heavy book:

I wanted to ask from your personal knowledge what is the difference between the xing i and the bagua vs the taichi? it always seemed to me that the xing i is the most direct in your face like wing chun and the bagua is half combat and more body movment , and the taichi is more health or chinna oriented.
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Here's a look at combining different types of spring power in Xing Yi.

Students start working on combining these after about 6 months of training.

The Xing Yi program closes tomorrow (friday)

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Training never reaches an end point. All a black belt really means is that you have "achieved" something not "become" something.

We are always in the process of becoming and along the way we are achieving. You are who you are today. Holding on to what was is an illusion. We can remember it fondly (if we so desire) and keep getting better or we can choose to stagnate and live in the past.

Like an apple. It is great today but next month it is great compost and no longer fit to eat in its current form.

As for me, each day I learn more new things and become who I am NOW. 
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Gliding vs Mud Stepping

I was asked a question via email about the difference between sliding and gliding.  Following is my answer:

Gliding is for maneuvering.  
IMHO, You need and want gliding the most in any real situation.  

The sliding (mud stepping) is designed to help build body connection power and is important but will only be used briefly in a real situation as most of the time it is to slow to be used for real applications.  

Also, ideally, you learn how to use body power when gliding for the best of both worlds.  
                  In Kun Tao Silat we call this Floating Root.   :)
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Gliding vs Mud Stepping

I was asked a question via email about the difference between sliding and gliding.  Following is my answer:

Gliding is for maneuvering.  
IMHO, You need and want gliding the most in any real situation.  

The sliding (mud stepping) is designed to help build body connection power and is important but will only be used briefly in a real situation as most of the time it is to slow to be used for real applications.  

Also, ideally, you learn how to use body power when gliding for the best of both worlds.  
                  In Kun Tao Silat we call this Floating Root.   :)
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