Clear Tai Chi

INTERNATIONAL GATHERING

Maryville, TN

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Whether you're a long time student of ours, or have only seen us online, the Tai Chi Gathering has something for everyone interested in Internal Power, Health, and Push Hands

JUNE 5th - 7th 

Clear International Tai Chi Gathering

Come together for a great week-end of fun & learning at Clear Tai Chi's National Headquarters in Maryville TN!

You'll get 3 Days of high quality Tai Chi instruction from Sigung Richard Clear and his top students!

Once Registered- you can attend as many of the events as you want all weekend long!

Spread The Arts!

Sigung Clear has dedicated himself to sharing the indoor, rarely seen skills of Tai Chi Chuan with everyone!

Our organization is growing with skilled and licensed instructors all over the world.

During the first annual Clear Tai Chi -International Gathering, you can see many of the instructors in one place, and learn directly from them and other long term Clear Tai Chi students!

Meals

Dinner and Lunch plans are being arranged now, and more information will be provided in the near future

Events

There are going to be many events over the course of 3 days at The Gathering.

This includes demonstrations, mini-workshops,  healing sessions, and push hands.

We will also have organized dinners, and a meet-and-greet for friday night.

FRIDAY:

      Noon -  6pm : Instructor Only Session w/ Richard Clear 
     (Requires Clear Internal Push Hands Level 1 or Clear Tai Chi Level 1 certification)

      6pm - 7:30pm : Dinner + Meet & Greet (open to ALL)

      7:30pm - 9pm : Lecture, Demonstrations, & Push Hands Practice

SATURDAY:

      Workshop Sessions

      TO BE ANNOUNCED

      6pm- 7:30pm : Dinner

      7:30 - 9:00 : Demonstrations & Push Hands Practice

SUNDAY:

      Workshop Sessions

      TO BE ANNOUNCED

      2:30 : Closing The Circle (End of Event)

      2:30 - 6pm : Clear Tai Chi Level 1 & Clear Internal Push Hands Level 1 
                                       Instructor Testing + Certifications

MONDAY:

       Private Lessons + Other Certification Tests (Limited availability- must schedule in advance)

Workshops

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

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!

Every Day Training with Sigung Clear

When I started travelling on the road to workshops with Sifu Clear, I needed to get my skills up fast. 

With that goal in mind, Sigung Clear invested some personal time and attention into me.

Every day in the office, Sifu checked me on ONE THING. He took at least a few minutes testing me and giving me feedback on just One Thing, over and over and over again. 

This workshop is an hour long intensive session on getting that One Thing.

Tai-Chi concepts of Yielding, Folding and Dropping in Self Defense
Applications

     -JIM KELLY

Developing the softness of cotton in Tai Chi fighting through the use of yielding and folding with Tai Chi Forms and movements, while striking with the strength of steel utilizing dropping and the issuance of Fa Jin energy including the benefits of meeting force with looseness or softness to absorb, redirect and re-issue opponent’s energy. 

Also, guiding and redirecting opponent’s strikes with your hands, while yielding and dropping to issue energy through the elbows. 

Also covered will be how to issue Fa Jin energy through dropping and testing the effectiveness with elbow, shoulder and hip strikes.

Rooting Power and How to Train It

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

Learn about the power of rooting with 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

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

(DESCRIPTION COMING SOON)

Using Sonar to Develop Ting Jin

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 and internal. 

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 worktoward 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.

Chi Na vs. Internal Chi Na. What’s the difference?

    -TY TALBERT

Chi Na = Grabbing & Seizing (joint locks, grappling etc)
 
Everyone has a Chi Na move!

Self Defense Class Participants
-Traditional Martial Artists 
-Mixed Martial Artists 
-Law Enforcement 

From this workshop, practitioners will learn (and be able to show) the difference between external and internal using Chi Na. 

Included will be how to use Chi Na techniques that folks already know and teach them how to do it better, faster and with less effort using internal chi na.  

The Power of Breath

 With HARRY LEGG

In this workshop you’ll learn how to put your mind in everypart 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 loosenyour body and any tight joints you may have.
  • ​Learn breath techniques for relieving pain inyourself and in others.
  • ​Discover how this breathing gives you even moremartial power.

Chi Kung for Tai Chi Practitioners 

     -ART DONN

This session will involve Walking Meditation, the Yi Jin Jing and Five Organ Strengthening 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

Silk reeling exercises are a set of movements used by Chen Style Taijipractitioners 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 tosparring? 

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.

Lodging

Airport Hilton

Hotel at McGee Tyson Airport. Relatively short and easy drive from the venue.

Luxbury Inn Suites

This is the closest location to the school, and one of the most commonly used by our students.

Quality Inn

One of the more affordable hotels located right beside MgGee Tyson Airport, and a short drive from the venue.

Holiday Inn Express

Mid-priced Hotel located right beside McGee Tyson Airport, and a short drive from the venue.
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