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johnnyFive  ·  153 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Bizarre World of Fake Martial Arts

Absolutely not. Hong bao is always optional, and is usually only done at special occasions (e.g. sifu's birthday, Christmas, etc.). It's never been asked for directly, and I didn't even learn about its existence from my sifu (only from other students who'd been there longer than me). The only thing that learning something new is conditioned upon is whether you've put in enough time to be ready for it.