Presenters

Richard Clear

Sigung Richard Clear is a third generation lineage holder in Tai Chi Chuan from Lee Ying Arng (an indoor student of the Yang family).  

Sigung Clear has studied directly in the US and China with such famous masters as Ma Yeuh Liang, Wen Mei Yu, Dr Fred Wu, Liu Ji Fa, Ju Bong Yi, Pei Xi Rong, Willem de Thouars and Don Ethan Miller among others. 

Master Clear began teaching in 1985 and has over 40 years of continuous study in tai chi (tai ji), qigong (chi kung) & internal martial arts.  He has produced several international Tai Chi tournament champions in forms and push hands.

Master Clear has produced videos and books to help people all over the world learn in-person as well as online. He is also an adept practitioner of internal iron body and hand skills and related martial arts, healing and qigong practices.

Matt Holker

Matt first got involved in the Martial Arts in 1984, when he was 5 years old. Drawn to the effortless power of Tai Chi at an early age, he spent nearly 20 years searching for a teacher willing to share the Internal aspects of the Art.

Matt met Richard Clear in May of 2015, and by August 2015 he had moved to Maryville to train with the Master. Since then, Matt has taken on more and more responsibility with the Clear Tai Chi organization. 

Matt is the Regional Organizer for the Maryville area in Tennessee, and is the primary contact for Clear Tai Chi students worldwide.

Harry Legg

There’s a good chance you have heard Harry – he’s the signature voice of the NBC Sports Radio Network and is heard on hundreds of Radio & TV stations around the world. He is the founder of New Jersey Tai Chi and teaches tai chi chuan, qigong, push hands, and self-defense at his private Verona studio, and at the Verona Community Center. Harry is a Fa Kung healing practitioner. He also teaches corporate wellness programs.

Harry’s experience also includes a black belt ranking in the Body Mind Studios training system, with training in kung fu, tai chi, baguazhang, ship pal gye, kong su do, aikido/hapkido, udo, kom do and more. Harry’s recent awards include 1st Place for tai chi form in the 2018 KToC Nationals Tournament. 

Harry is the NY/NJ Regional Organizer for Master Richard Clear.

Daniel Stringer

Daniel studied Kung Fu for 10 years. In that time he studied traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Chuan Fa, Wing Chun, Bagua, Tibetan Lama, and Kali.

After his first decade of Kung Fu, Daniel discovered the Internal Arts and began to focus on his Internal Power. 

After meeting Sigung Richard Clear in 2016, Daniel chose to study Tai Chi Chuan. Today Daniel is the owner and chief instructor of Living Water Tai Chi and he is the Clear Tai Chi Regional Organizer for the Orlando area in Florida.

Greg Knollmeyer

Greg is the Clear Tai Chi Regional Organizer for the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti area in Michigan.


Since 2003 Greg has been practicing healing arts as well as studying and teaching t'ai chi. Greg sought out t'ai chi masters in his previous lineage and made some progress. But it was in 2015 Greg had the good fortune to study with Sigung Richard Clear. It was a revelation to experience great depth of skill and openness in teaching t'ai chi. 

Greg has pursued advanced studies with Sigung Richard Clear ever since and has become one of his advanced students. Greg holds certifications in T'ai Chi, Qigong, Fa Gong, Chi Healing, Reflexolo-chi and Subconscious Belief work and integrates these in a unique way in his healing practice. 

Jim Kelly

Jim started in the external art of Shotokan Karate as an inner city teenager and branched out into competitive Judo in college. As a Police Officer in NYC he studied other disciplines including Jujitsu, boxing and Tang Soo Do Karate along with exposure to street style fighting.
 
Jim was introduced to Tai Chi in 1998 as a rehabilitative exercise due to fighting injuries. Although the non-internal practice of Tai-Chi (outside student) helped heal long term back and neck injuries, Jim credits his transition to the internal energy arts to meeting Sifu Richard Clear at a Tai-Chi event in Pennsylvania in 2017.
 
“Sifu Richard Clear’s understanding and knowledge of the internal martial arts, and his openness in sharing that knowledge make him both a guardian and teacher of everything that internal Tai-Chi practice should be.”

At the age of 56, Jim still active in law enforcement, and runs a school in Boca Raton FL, where he is the Southeast Florida Regional Organizer for Clear Tai Chi. 

Ty Talbert

Ty Talbert started his training in boxing at an early age, his father was a golden glove boxer. He achieved his first black belt at the age of fifteen in Tang So Do.

Ty started his study of Ninpo, under Lt. Jack Hoban while in the Marine Corps. One of his secondary duties in the Marine Corps was Close Combat Instructor. During his twenty-years of active duty and 10 years as a reservist, he spent eighteen years as a Close Combat Instructor. 

Ty was exposed to a variety of martial arts by co-workers, while working for various government agencies and corporations in combat zones around the world.  During this period, he continued his study of Ninpo. When he passed his Go Dan test, Sensei Hatsumi told him to go and study Tai Chi or Bagua for a year.

“ I was lucky enough to find Sifu Clear, I have never experienced anyone better at teaching Martial Arts.” 

Master Clear directed me to Master Anthony Ho, and explained Master Ho was a senior instructor he respected. Master Ho is the most amazing fighter I have ever met. I train with Master Ho weekly and have the honor of being the 37th of the 38 students he has certified in the last 60 years.  I feel very fortunate to be able to continue to study with both my teachers.

Ty, is a certified Peer to Peer Counselor and W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Program facilitator. He provides training to active duty military, reservist, veterans and their family members free of charge.  Ty teaches Tai Chi and Chi Kung Classes in Riverside & Redlands, California.  Ty also teaches at the March Air Reserve Base.

Ty is the Clear Tai Chi Regional Organizer for Southern California.  

Art Donn

Art has a well-rounded background in Chinese martial arts including the internal styles of Tai Chi, Hsing-i and Bagua. He also has knowledge of and experience with some Shaolin styles, White Crane and Praying Mantis, among others. 

Art had been practicing the internal art forms, working with a number of people, until 2017. At that time, he met Sifu Richard Clear and concentrated more on Tai Chi, also learning Internal Push-hands and Healing Arts from Sifu Clear. With that knowledge and training Art’s Tai Chi gained much substance and power. 

Art is the Clear Tai Chi Regional Organizer for the Washington, D.C. area.

Steve Robertson

Steven began his martial arts career in 2002, learning both Shaolin Kungfu and Tai Chi Chuan. From 2005 onward, he Dedicated himself solely to this public style of Tai Chi that did not reveal the internal principles. 

In 2012, when he began to develop internal skill, he sought further training and, in 2013, found Sigung Richard Clear during an energy healing seminar.

Switching to Clear's Tai Chi, he learned more in a few weeks than he had learned in the prior 10 years. Today, Steven continues to train and improve his Tai Chi and Qigong skills daily and is open to instructing and advising anyone who wishes to pursue a more in depth study of Tai Chi's principles and applications.

Steve teaches in the Knoxville area.

Jared Voelker

Jared Voelker began training in 2004. He currently lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife and daughter. 

Jared grew up in Illinois and trained in martial arts there until 2015, when he moved to TN in order to train with Sifu Clear full time. He is a school counselor for a middle school in Knoxville and has been in the martial arts for 15 years.

Jared is certified in Clear Tai Chi, Internal Push Hands, and Fa Kung.

Jared teaches classes and private lessons in Knoxville, TN.

Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett began learning martial arts at the age of 5. His journey began with Karate. Later, he studied different styles of Kung Fu including Wing Chun, Five animals and Bak Mei.
 
After finding Tai Chi Chris began learning the Yang style and soon began practicing Chen style as well under the Chen Qingzhou lineage.

Chris founded Green Dragon Tai Chi in 2014. Today he teaches adult and kid classes in Tai Chi and self-defense, as well as classes for special needs children and adults. 

Teaching at Universities and several corporate entities in the Cleveland area, Chris loves to spread the benefits and knowledge of Tai Chi and qigong. As a certified Medical Qigong Therapist Chris also does what he can to heal and educate to the best of his ability. He is always learning and striving for authenticity in martial arts and healing.

Senior Master

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EVENTS

In Tai Chi -Pushing Hands is NOT The Goal (So What Is?) 
   -JARED VOELKER

The goal in push hands is to move the opponent and not be moved yourself, right?

Wrong. 

The goal of push hands is internal development for combat and healing.  

The only way to reach the "real goal" is to prioritize and commit to listening while you play. Push hands is a means to an end, not the end itself. So how can you start making your push hands work for you instead of the other way around? 

This seminar will take you through how to approach the game of push hands so you can get the most out of it! Through this seminar you will:

  • ​Develop effortless power through increased awareness
  • ​Begin to see fast things in slow motion (frame rate of perception)
  • ​Build a calm, steady, powerful mind
  • ​Identify and release mental tension and fear
  • ​Heal aching muscles & joints
  • ​Enjoy the process!

Rooting Power and How to Train It  
   -FORREST OBNAMIA

Have you ever wondered how to become more rooted while practicing your Tai Chi? 

Learn about the power of rooting with Sifu Forrest! 

Explore ways to develop your root deeper and deeper into the earth by yourself and with a partner. Get grounded in this workshop as we explore together how to work this foundational quality throughout your body, energy and mind. 

Take away easy-to-implement exercises that will help you continue to strengthen your practice long after the weekend and throughout your Tai Chi journey.

Unbending Jin 
   -DANIEL STRINGER

Learn unbending Jin. Discover the quality of unbending arm that leads to unyielding body. Put power in your form by utilizing unbending jin through your internal structure. Learn how unbending jin enables the moves of the form to capture your opponents structure and unbalance them with minimal effort.

Ting Jin & Awareness in Yourself and Others

 With FORREST OBNAMIA

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Using Sonar to Develop Ting Jin 
   -GREG KNOLLMEYER

Learn how to develop sensitivity by bouncing subtle energies into your opponent and seeing how you and they respond. We will start with gross mechanics and end up very subtle. 

It will culminate with simply noticing how internal changes in yourself show you different information in yourself and your opponent.

Waving Goodbye to The Double Weighted Error (and Your Partner)

 With GREG KNOLLMEYER

We’ll develop wave in both solo practice and applying it in push hands. We’ll work toward perpetuating the wave through every joint and passing it seamlessly onto your opponent. 

Exercises in proper receiving of an incoming wave will make obvious and help fix the double weighted error.

Forward Stance / Fixed Step Push Hands 
   -HARRY LEGG

While there are many ways to practice Push Hands, fixed-step, forward stance is mostly the default type of play you’ll find at Push Hands Meetups and in many tournaments. 
You’ll learn the basics of Forward Stance / Fixed Step Push Hands and  will then be able to use your Clear’s Internal Push Hands skills in the forward stance method and how to troubleshoot common errors such as using too much force / external type of play that frequently happens among many forward stance Tai Chi Push Hands players. 

We’ll also go over Tournament basics for forward stance/fixed step Push Hands.

The Power of Breath

 With HARRY LEGG

In this workshop you’ll learn how to put your mind in every part of your body and breathe through it. If you already know how to do this, you’ll learn how to convey this concept to other practitioners and we’ll use Master Clear’s Internal Push Hands to gauge your breath – this will increase your ting jin (listening energy). 

  • ​Feel how whole body breathing helps to loosen your body and any tight joints you may have.
  • ​Learn breath techniques for relieving pain in yourself and in others.
  • ​Discover how this breathing gives you even more martial power.

Chi Kung for Tai Chi Practitioners 
   -ART DONN

This session will involve Walking Meditation, the Yi Jin Jing and Five Organ Strengthing Exercises. If time permits, Tai Chi Ruler and Tiger Playing With Ball will also be introduced. 

These chi kung methods are useful for Tai Chi practitioners at all levels of skill.

Intro to Silk Reeling, Dan Tian Rotation & Applications 
   -CHRIS BURNETT

Silk reeling exercises are a set of movements used by Chen Style Taiji practitioners to build a body that is relaxed, connected and able to emit power from the ground and out to the extremities. These movements use spiraling through the limbs and rotation of the body’s center, known as the lower Dan Tian. 

This set was developed by my teacher Sifu Tony Wong which uses movements he learned from the late Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang and the representative of Chen style Taijiquan, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. 

In an introduction to silk reeling we will take a look at some of these exercises and 
explore why they are great for the major joints of the body and how they can
be applied in push hands and martial application.

Clear's Internal Push Hands for Power... and MOBILITY!

 With JARED VOELKER

Having trouble getting your internal power gains to cross over from push hands to sparring? 

That means that you're probably playing push hands while double weighted, and a big cause of being double weighted in push hands is bad Zhong Ding. During this seminar, we'll talk about common ways people use small leans to stabilize during push hands, the combat and health problems associated with it, and how to fix it. 

Fixing this common error will help put you on the road to soft, effortless power that can also MOVE.

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