4oz Moves 1000lbs & Silk Reeling

4oz Moves 1000lbs

4oz Moves 1000lbs

This DVD contains 2 workshops that where held near Washington DC in September 2013.

Workshop 1

  • 4oz Moves 1000lbs – learn how to use minimal force to manipulate the opponent.
  • Hua Jin (neutralizing) – learn how to neutralize the opponents force when they push or strike you.
  • Borrowing – learn to use the opponents force against them.

Workshop 2

  • Silk Reeling / Chan Si Jin (spiral energy) – learn how to use spiral energy for more power and effortless technique.

Combat Tai Chi Vol 18: The Power of Relaxation

The Power of Relaxation

Discover the Deadly Softness of Tai Chi

Learn to fight with relaxation.

Softness, relaxation or sung is an important weapon in Tai Chi’s arsenal.

In this DVD Sigung Richard Clear gives in depth instruction in the defensive and offensive uses of relaxation.

You will learn ways to build and deepen your level of relaxation, and you will learn the martial applications of relaxation.

The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance

Balance difficulties are a major problem in the over-60 population, as well as for individuals with medical issues such as neuropathy, poor circulation, visual impairments, inner ear issues, or medication side effects.

Most of us have family members, friends, colleagues, or students who are dealing with these problems. One in three adults over 65 will have a fall this year, and falls are the single largest cause of serious injury in the senior population.

Although Tai Chi has been shown in several studies to be beneficial in preventing falls, it’s hard to find a coherent, systematic, user-friendly program to lead people to better balance through the time-tested methods of Tai Chi and the Internal Martial Arts.

You might not realize it, but what you feel in your own practice can be translated into an accessible, form-free, direct method for improving the balance of someone you love.

Take this exercise, for example. Here, Don Ethan Miller demonstrates an exercise called The Five Movement Centers:

Shifting weight is, for many people, where their balance problems begin.

Neurologically, maintaining equilibrium as you propel the body through space is infinitely more complex than maintaining equilibrium in a static position. But many people make this task even more difficult by the way in which they shift.

Balance loss frequently occurs when our head and/or upper torso are the “origin points” of the movement, such that by the time the brain registers that the weight of the upper portion has shifted, it is already at or beyond the limits of the base of support, and our balance is in jeopardy.

Watch as Don progresses through the Movement Centers in the video, starting with head-driven movement and finishing in the legs. Do the head- and torso-driven movements remind you of anyone? Does it look stable?

As Don sinks his awareness into the Movement Centers of the Hips and the Legs, can you see how much more rooted the movement becomes?

Explore Your Movement Centers

Stand up and shift your weight back and forth. How precisely do you feel the source of your movement? Now, try to “locate” yourself in, or focus on, the designated point or area of the body, and when you move, to move from that point or area, allowing it to “lead” the movement of the rest of the body.

Note the differing feelings, both of physical balance and of psychological/emotional qualities, in each location.

After you have completed Moving from 1 through 5, take a few seconds of stillness, then move without deliberately thinking about any specific area. See how your movement feels. How has it changed from your usual way of shifting

Rooted Movement – Tai Chi’s Specialty

For many people, simply becoming aware of which Movement Center they tend to use will shift how they carry themselves – but Tai Chi goes further.

As you build body awareness, you actually learn how to combine multiple Movement Centers at the same time.

Working with multiple Movement Centers, we are exploring what gives us the most stability while moving.

The sense of stability in motion always varies a little from person to person, but as a general Tai Chi principle: the Upper Centers (Head and Chest) are considered Yang while Lower Centers (Legs and Feet) are considered Yin. The Hips/Kwa is considered to be a mixed point, where Yin and Yang meet–although it is perhaps a bit more Yin than Yang, in keeping with the Tai Chi “bias” toward the earth and nature.

Therefore, moving from the Head or Chest must always be balanced by at least one of the Lower Centers. If you move from only one Center, it should be Hips, Legs, or Feet.

Experiment with this, test it out, observe yourself when you are moving unconsciously and see which Centers are most active, work to balance upper and lower, and pay special attention to the lower belly/hips area, which corresponds to your approximate center of gravity, and is given particular importance in Tai Chi. It holds the key to balance within movement.

When you understand the Five Movement Centers, it almost doesn’t matter what movement you teach your loved one. All you need to do is teach them how to balance movement from the right combination of Centers. In fact, the more you can show them how to activate the Movement Centers in everyday activities, the more profound an impact it will have on their daily lives.

The complete Tai Chi Way to Better Balance is made up of exercises just like this: authentic Tai Chi concepts, free of excessive form and choreography, layered in safe progressions, and accessible to all levels of movement ability. Learn more here.

One final note for practitioners: don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the Five Movement Centers. The correct combination of awareness and intent in the Centers gives you a power, agile root, with the potential to deliver power and stay connected simultaneously. Try it and see.

About the Author: Don Ethan Miller, 40-year Master practicioner of Tai Chi (and Yiquan, Kuntao-Silat, and many other arts), a 4-time National Champion in Tai Chi Tuishou (Pushing Hands) competition, has developed a unique, powerful program that will take anyone—of any age or current state of physical ability—to better balance, and improved health, energy, and well-being.

Don has distilled and adapted practices from every style of Tai Chi, combined with other systems of Qigong (energy cultivation) and martial arts, into an easily-accessed program, in downloadable e-book and DVD format.

The book is profusely and beautifully illustrated, with photos of Don, famous Tai Chi masters past and present, and Don’s students demonstrating and practicing the Tai Chi Way to Better Balance exercises. The practices are organizing in 3 Levels, beginning with basic Tai Chi Standing Work and progressing to Shifting, Stepping, holding and moving objects, and Multi-Directional Movement. The companion DVD presents the material as 3 separate Tai Chi Balance Workouts, each requiring only between 15 and 20 minutes to complete.

To order this vitally important Instructional Set, for yourself or someone you care about, click here.


Vol-19-web-CoverIn this 3 disc set Sigung Clear takes an in depth look at the many different jings, energies and expressions of Tai Chi Chuan.

You learn how to use each of these expressions combatively.

…and you learn how to build each of them with the 16 Move Fighting Set or any Tai Chi set you know.

Here are a few of the many different methods taught in this 3 disc volume:

  • Fajing Set
  • Floating Root Set
  • Drunken Tai Chi Set
  • Silk Reeling Set (Chan Si Jing)
  • Iron Body Set
  • Listening Set (Ting Jing)
  • Compressed Spring Kuntao Set
  • Predator Style Set
  • Whip Set
  • Unbending Arm & Body Set
  • Shackled Set
  • and many more…

You are NOT learning new moves or forms on these DVDS.

(Though we do spend a few minutes showing you how to link the the 16 forms of Clear’s Combat Tai Chi into the 16 move fighting Tai Chi set.)

Instead you are learning how to take ANY Tai Chi forms and sets you already know and practice them with the jings, energies and expressions listed above. As well as many others.


Combat Tai Chi Vol 17: Combat Breathing

Tai Chi Combat Breathing

This DVD is an in-depth study of the martial uses of breath in Tai Chi Chuan.

You will learn:

  • Fajing with breath
  • The fighting use of Tai Chi’s “secret sounds” Hen & Ha
  • Advanced Dimmak (breath powered)
  • Using breath to neutralize the opponents strikes
  • Add more power through breath
  • Whole body breathing & Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Connecting breath to movement
  • Using Breath to injure the opponent when they strike you.
  • Controlling direction of breath inside of your body
  • Training the dantien for better breath and aim
  • learn to direct breath to and through any part of the body for more power whenever and wherever you need it.


Combat Tai Chi Vol 16: Carry the Cauldron & Grand Tai Chi

Run Time: 130 min | Format: NTSC DVD-R

Run Time: 130 min | Format: NTSC DVD-R

This is the last of the form videos in our Combat Tai Chi series.

In this video we learn how to fight with the closing of the set. Sigung Clear takes an in-depth look at the moves ‘Carry the Cauldron’ & ‘Grand Tai Chi.’

  • You will learn the fighting methods and vicious street applications contained in these moves.
  • You’ll also learn internal skills to make these methods and applications much more powerful and effective.
  • You’ll learn the Dim Mak contained within these movements.
  • You’ll learn how to ‘pick up’ your root energy use it for Fa jing.
  • And much more…

Combat Tai Chi Vol. 14: Parry & Punch


Learn how powerful the Tai Chi Punch can be. This dvd includes detailed instruction on how to use the Tai Chi move ‘Parry & Punch.’

You will learn:

  • Quick & Effective Street Apps
  • Fa Jing
  • Dim Mak
  • 1 touch KO’s
  • Peng, Lu, Ji & An
  • and More…

Workshop in Peoria IL May 18, 19 & 20

Free Practice Sessions

  • Fri 6 – 9pm Intro to Combat Tai Chi & Healing – FREE
    • Dream Center Peoria, 714 hamilton BLVD #200
  • Sun 5 – 7pm Practice with Q&A – FREE
    • Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, 2nd Floor, 305 SW Water St

Combat Tai Chi Workshop

  • Dream Center Peoria
  • Saturday 10am – 2pm
  • Cost $100

Tai Chi Healing Workshop

  • Dream Center Peoria
  • Saturday 6 – 8:30pm
  • Cost $45

Kun Tao Silat

  • Contemporary Art Center
  • Sunday 11am – 3pm
  • Cost $100

Private Lessons

  • Only 4 spots available.
  • Combat Tai Chi, Healing, Silat, etc
  • Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30pm – Dream Center Peoria
  • Sunday from 3pm – 5pm – Contemporary Art Center
  • Private lessons can be shared with up to 4 people.
  • Cost is $200 per hour. ($50 each if split between 4 people)

Jared Voelker
(309) 681-0771

Xing Yi Video & Internal Combat Arts Deadline

Here’s a teaser for those of you who have been asking to learn SiGung Clear’s Xing Yi. This program will be available later this year.

We have one Xing Yi DVD available right now (until the end of the day.) Here: http://www.ClearSilat.com/Internal-Combat-Arts

At around 11pm EST the Internal Combat Arts DVDs will no longer be available from our website. If you miss the deadline you’ll be able to get the dvds from Amazon sometime next month or early May (though they’ll cost a little more.)

New Combat Tai Chi Lesson

Here’s a new lesson from Combat Tai Chi Vol 9.