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kantos  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Bizarre World of Fake Martial Arts

Off-topic. Does your school require hong bao to teach further forms? My Sifu hit me with that after teaching me Sil Nim Tau, as though wanting more on top the flat monthly rate outta no where.

johnnyFive  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

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.

kantos  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Maaaaan, I knew it was whack when I heard it.... Kinda a bummer, not worth paying the current school rate just to chi sai for the time I have left in town. Thanks for the insight.

johnnyFive  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Maybe not, although there's no such thing as too much practice! But still, definitely sounds like you got a less-than-stellar teacher on that one.