Clear Tai Chi


Maryville, TN

Price: $295

Stay in The Loop!

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 4-6

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!


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


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.


      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

      Lecture Topic: How to use Clear Tai Chi to defend yourself from Covid-19 and related illnesses
      This will be a roundtable discussion with Sifu Clear and several of the other Clear Tai Chi Instructors.  This includes 2 of the instructors who actually got Covid-19 and used these Clear Tai Chi skills to recover from the illness.


      Workshop Sessions


      6pm- 7:30pm : Dinner

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


      Workshop Sessions


      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


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


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?


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!

Tai Chi Says YES!

Learn how Tai Chi approaches situations and changes intended outcomes based on an attitude of acceptance.

This includes:
   -How Tai Chi receives and becomes one with a partner or opponent's force.
    (This includes doing it when the situation is particularly uncomfortable)
   -How to become the Eye of the Storm & be okay with it.
   -How to use a partner or opponent's force.
   -The importance and use of proper soong (softness).

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


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.

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



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)


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


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?


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


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.

Hanging from a Bungee Cord: Puppet Master or Puppet?


Hanging from a bungee cord is one of the first things you learn in Clear Tai Chi. It is a component of the Wu Chi ten points and helps in the proper alignment of the other nine points, as well as good Zhong Ding. 

Through this seminar, you will:
- learn to test proper head connection.
- learn to use the Yi to change the length and energetic qualities of the cord.
- Use proper head connection to help attain better alignment.

Supporting Methods for Releasing Tension and Increasing Chi Flow


Acupressure, essential oils, and facial exercises with Sheila D. Bell.

How high does your sung start?

Have you considered releasing tension in the jaw and face as a component of your relaxation sequence?

Join me for an introduction to increasing your internal energy through acupressure for release of tension in the head and face and opening the sinuses, essential oil use for opening key points on the meridian system, simple exercises for lifting the spirit and focusing inward and downward.

Smiling from the heart without tension, allowing the face to express the joy and peace you feel during your tai chi practice, will increase the depth of your relaxation and make you more approachable!

This is a great calling card for teachers and the perfect disguise for your inner warrior! 

The Power of Softness

Steve will introduce and help student's feel the power of Softness and how to use it.

Included will be many exercises and drills that help to demonstrate and teach some of the amazing skills that come from properly training and using softness (soong).

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!


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.


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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