Cynthia Karube-Spangler is a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and owner of THE FITNESS HUB Personal Training Studio located on E. Broadway in Maryville, TN. Certified in Pilates, Yoga, and Group Exercise as well as in Clear’s Beginner’s Tai Chi, she has over 17 years’ experience instructing and personal training in the fitness industry.
She specializes in restorative and conditioning coaching for injured athletes and seniors. After nearly 30 years living in Japan and China, Tai Chi is a natural fit for this baby boomer, who loves to teach and share Tai Chi’s energizing, health-building forms and technique with her students.
Health, wellness, and fitness are Cynthia’s passions. She is a grandmother of four (with plans to be around and see their children). Cynthia enjoys trying new healthy recipes, researching the latest in health and wellness, teaching what she learns, travel, hiking in the mountains, and studying the Bible.
Tai Chi Basic Skills Instructor
Si-Gung Richard Clear has studied in the U.S. China and Canada. He has over 40 years of continuous study in the martial arts, psychology, philosophy, medicine and physiology. Si-Gung Clear is the Creator of a unique program of 1 Touch Knockouts He began teaching in 1983.In 1990, he opened his first Pentjak Silat martial arts school in Tampa, Florida. In Novemer 2001 he relocated Clear’s Silat National Headquarters to the Smokey Mountains in Maryville Tennessee.
Sigung Clear & Si Tai Gung Willem de Thouars (Uncle Bill)
Si-Gung Clear and his highly successful schools have been featured in Inside Kung fu magazine, Fox National News, World Net News Daily, as well as other local television and media all over the U.S.
Sigung Richard Clear, Cikgu Sulaiman Sharif, and Cikgu Majid.
His training includes over ten styles of Silat and Kung Fu and Systema, as well as intensive knowledge of Tai Chi and Chi Kung. His certifications include a Guru (senior teacher) level in Pentjak Silat, a Master level (Si-Gung) in internal Kung Fu, and he received an Instructor certification in Systema in May of 2003. Si Gung Clear is professionally sanctioned by KunTao Silat de Thouars, Silat Kilap Betawi DeThouars, Black Tiger Fighting Society, Jackson’s Wu Shu Institute, the International Taiji Boxing Association, and the Jian Mei Internal Arts Association.
Sigung Richard Clear with Master Guy Savelli of Huc Chung Kuntao.
Richard Clear is an Internationally Known Si Gung (Senior Teacher/Master) and Guru Tiga (Senior Teacher). He began his study of the Internal Arts, Kung Fu, Silat and Tibetan Arts in 1976. Si Gung Clear has studied in depth with over 40 senior master teachers. He is the inheritor of a family lineage of Kung Fu including the Internal Arts of Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Hsing-I and PaKua (Ba Gua) as well as Fukien Shaolin Methods including but not limited to such styles as Monkey, Drunken Style, Five Animal Kung Fu (Tiger, Snake, Crane, Leopard and Dragon), Wing Chun, Praying Mantis, Dim Mak/Dim Hsueh and other special hand methods. He is a senior student and lineage holder in Kun Tao Silat under Martial Arts Living Legend Si Tai Gung (Great Grand Master) and Guru Besar Willem de Thouars. Si Gung Clear is also a qualified instructor in Systema Russian Martial Arts, having received his Instructor Certification from Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev in 2003.
Si Gung Clear has continually studied with various Senior Masters and teachers from all over the world including several of China’s Living Treasure’s (China’s Top 100 Living Martial Arts Teachers). The 2 most famous of these masters was Liu Wan Fu and Ma Yeuh Liang. Liu Wan Fu was the winner of the last full contact death matches held in China during the 1950′s. Born around 1900, Ma Yeuh Liang and his wife Yeuh Wing Hua were already famous in the 1930′s for being the leading exponents of the Wu Chien Chuan Tai Chi style that was created by Wu Ying Hua’s father. The Wu style is famous in China for being one of the best styles for fighting as well as health and internal energy development. Both Ma and his wife lived well into their 90′s. Si Gung Clear was fortunate to have studied with these teachers when he traveled to China in 1994 and 1995.
Sigung Clear with Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko, senior instructors in the martial art of Systema.
Si Gung Clear has trained with Senior Masters and heads of various Indonesian, Malaysian and Kun Tao Silat styles in empty hand styles and methods, energy work (including the study of breathing and the science of the mind and spirit), weapons with a specialization in the knife, stick, staff/pole, cloth such as the sarong or shirts or towels and using every day objects as weapons. Si Gung Clear has been recognized as the head of his own system of Pentjak Poekalan KunTao Kilap Kilat Silat based on the characteristics and specialization of Si Gung Clear’s fighting method. The main Silat styles in the system are Kendang, Tjimande, Tjikalung, Tjipetjut and Serak. After naming the system, Guru Besar Willem de Thouars gave the gift of a personal drawing of a lightening bolt through a palm to symbolize the kind of striking that is particular to this system.
Sigung Richard Clear and Guro Dan Inosanto
Si Gung Clear has been attacked over 15 times in the street as a result of living in bad neighborhoods and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Generally, attackers were unarmed lone individuals but four of the incidents involved multiple attackers, two were at knifepoint and two of the attacks were by gun wielding assailants. Si Gung Clear successfully defended himself every time and only had to make physical contact with less than one out of four of his attackers. These incidents form the true basis of Clear’s Self Defense Method.
Sigung Clear and Pendekar Herman Suwanda
Si Gung Clear began teaching in 1983 and opened his first school, Clear’s Silat of Florida in 1990. The school is still in operation and is doing well. Si Gung Clear has also opened several other Martial Arts Schools. Some of the schools are privately owned and some of the schools are independent. In 1993 Si Gung Clear created a Self Defense program designed to make it easily possible for the average person to physically, morally and in a legally defendable way win a violent street encounter. This highly successful program is called Executive Transformations Beladiri #1. Several hundred people have taken the program in both the U.S. and Canada. Students have ranged from corporate C.E.O.’s, executives and high-ranking military officers to elderly grandparents and young teenagers. Every time a graduate of the course has had to defend himself or herself the course has worked exactly the way it was taught with the most common result being that the attacker was knocked out. When the attacker has not been knocked out the attacker was injured sufficiently so that they could no longer attack and the physical fight was over within 3 seconds. The really interesting part is that out of the over twenty graduates of the course who have been attacked most of them sufficiently deterred the attacker without ever having to make any physical contact. Basically, they never had to touch the attacker. A fortunate side benefit of this amazing program is that it empowers a person so much that most graduates report that the program has changed their lives and that it is a life changing event/experience.
“The man and woman are husband and wife. His name is Pei Xi Rong. He is one of the 5 senior Wu Tang Mountain stylists publicly teaching in China. This picture is in Shanghai. I learned Wu Tang Chi Kung from them in 1995. I also learned some Wu Tang Ba Gua and Hsing-I from him. ” – Sigung Clear
Si Gung Clear and his highly successful schools and Martial Art Systems have been featured on Fox National News and in Millionaire Magazine, Inside Kung Fu Magazine, The St. Pete Times, Florida Sports Magazine, as well as other local Tampa, Florida television and media.
Si Gung Clear is professionally sanctioned by KunTao Silat de Thouars, Silat Kilap Betawi DeThouars, Black Tiger Fighting Society, Jackson’s Wu Shu Institute, the International Taiji Boxing Association, and the Jian Mei Internal Arts Association. However, the true measure of success has been the thousands of students whose lives have been improved by the study of these arts and the use of the arts for their own defense and the improvement and/or health of their mind and body.
Si Gung Clear currently travels nationally and internationally teaching corporate seminars and he privately teaches teachers and private clients at his home near the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Public classes are also offered at the Tennessee facility.
Master Clear’s current and previous Students Include
- Charles Slepian (CEO Foreseeable Risk Analysis Center & Airline Security Advisor to Fox News and CNBC)
- Lt. Colonel Robert Leonhard (Author of 3 books on Maneuver Warfare and advisor to the CIA and the U.S. army, Served as a Bradley Battalion Commander in Desert Storm.)
- Scott Ritter (U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq and the only civilian American to ever address the full Iraqi parliament, Advisor to the CIA and the United States Congress, Author, CNN expert guest on Iraq & former U.S. Marine Special Forces)
- Special Forces Personnel many who were stationed at SOCOM and an Air Force pilot for Air Force 2.
- Senior FBI & DEA hand to hand instructors and field agents
- SWAT Team members
- SWAT Team of Hillsborough County (Tampa Florida)
- Kevin Trudeau (Famous TV Personality-Best known for Mega Memory)
- Tony Little (Famous Fitness Guru) -Private Student
- N.Y.C. Police Dept. Veterans
- T.R. Smith (7th Degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate)
- C.J. Bader (7th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate)
- Over 100 different 1st to 6th degree black belts and Sifus in every major style of martial arts that is widely taught in the U.S. today.
- Tom Gamboa 3rd Base Coach for Kansas City Royals who was attacked During a live game on National Television.
- Government Officials (Congressmen etc.) -Various local and state level.
- Many Business Professionals, CEO’s, Attorneys and Doctors
Clear’s Silat & 1 Touch KO DEMOs Performed
- Foreseeable Risk Analysis Aviation Specialists in New York City for JFK Airport
- The Shanghai WuShu/Kung Fu Senior Teacher’s Association in Shanghai China
- Monica Seles (Former #1World Class Women’s Tennis Player)
- Splendid China Cultural Center and Amusement Park in Orlando Florida
- Numerous Television and Print Media
- 10th Degree Black Belt Masters in numerous styles of Martial Arts
Teachers I have learned from or been influenced by & highly recommend
- Liu Wan Fu – Winner of the last full contact death matches in China
- Ma Yeuh Liang – Senior most Tai Chi Teacher in the world from 1992 to 1999
- Willem de Thouars – Senior Living Kun Tao Silat Master in the World
- Dr Ahn Ming Wu – One of the first senior real Kung Fu Teachers in the USA
- Mikhail Ryabko – Senior Spetnatz Systema Fighting Instructor in the world
- Vladimir Vasiliev – Chief Instructor Systema outside Russia & former Spetznaz
- Ju Bong Yi – Inheritor & Senior Master of famous Guo-Lin system of Chi Kung
- Don Miller – 2X World Push Hands Champion in Peoples Republic of China
- George Dillman – 10 Degree Ryukyu Kenpo Pressure Point Knockout Specialist
- Many Others including mind/body/spirit teachers
Director of Programs & Master Instructor