Trouble with my WC school

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  1. trolloc63

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    Some special thing called funny money that he wants me to buy for sifu. Some thing you get at one of those Asian outfitter stores. No idea what it is.
     
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    Funny money? Or Lucky Money? I think the latter is presented in a special red envelope with cold hard cash inside(?)
     
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    To answer your question, I was interested in 2 different styles at one point. Aikido and WC. The Aikido fell through after trying different schools. I found it to be very impractical on how it was taught in this area. That's when I tried WC. Seeing how there is only 1 school here, I'm kind of stuck on either doing it or not.

    I have no idea what I'm going to do at this point. I started Aikido because I thought it would be somewhat practical. Be seeing is believing for me. Watching Steven Segal is one thing. But actually watching online vids of Aikido working in real life is another. Thus, I left Aikido.

    So for WC, I saw online classes and vids of both Master Wong and Sifu Mark Phillips. These seemed to be very practical. But here again, I'm not going to get that here in Nebraska. I'm going to get the traditional stuff only.
     
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    It's "Lucky Money" (Hung Bo) not funny money. It's traditional to show respect. It's also given during celebrations or ceremonies.
     
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    yeah, lucky money
     
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    You can either leave the art and find something more "fight" oriented with more sparring/aliveness, or learn the structure and traditional approach and take that and make it your own. WC is new to me so I understand where you're coming from.
     
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    I am planning to take up boxing very soon. So perhaps that will be a good compromise. I just have a hard time with the soft structure bit, and relaxing. I dont feel the soft structure will stop hard punches on the street. But again, i'm a noobtard.
     
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    I understand your dilemma. I love boxing too. It's simple and effective. Also consider WC can look and be applied this way:



    You do have to step in and bang with WC and most schools don't seem to stress that. In WC, you turn your body into a bundle of attack reflexes. In a real fight, all you have to do is react.
     
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    Good stuff. After watching too many Sifu Phillips and Master Wong vids, I do believe that WC can be made practical. This supports these arguments. The problem in my eyes, is getting to that close range distance.
     
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    Okay... Not going back to pull the original post and subsequent replies in, because I'm being a little lazy.

    First, rates and pro-rating, money in general... $90 doesn't seem bad at all. It seems like you have several training opportunities each week, so if you broke it down into a per class fee, I'm guessing you're looking at under $10 a class... Pro-rating? Well, that sucks, but may not be practical, or it's simply run as a club, and the fees are your monthly dues, whether you join on the 1st or the 31st. There may be rent, insurance, gear... in short, the owner has bills to pay. Buying gear from the school may help support the school -- or simply ensures that students have the right gear in the instructor's eyes. The Lucky Money thing? It's cultural. Someone should have explained it better to you... but if someone's pressuring me for extra money -- I'm going to ask questions until I do understand why.

    Second, the master not teaching much... Can't say. I was incredibly fortunate to have a master instructor that had no business teaching beginners teach me from day one. It's not uncommon for masters to have advanced students teach beginner classes so that they can focus on teaching the advanced material. In fact, sometimes, it's hard for a master instructor to teach beginners because they have to suppress much of what they do, and really focus on bringing out the fundamentals. Not everyone can be "backwards compatible" that way... There may also be other reasons -- health, personal life, full time job... If you're concerned, discuss it with the senior student... and perhaps, then, the master.

    Third, "offering tips." This ties into your assessment of the school's quality, and other arts. Who the hell are you to offer tips, to disrupt the class, or assess a style that you're just beginning in? How many decades of training, what sort of experience do you have to judge? As I read your experience in wing chun -- the most "advice" you should be offering your classmates is "gee, it looked to me like sihung Joe did this..." You read like a dabbler and a guy who spends a lot of time on internet videos. Settle down, take your time, and actually learn something before you try to make it more, or infuse your own interpretation on it. Maybe I'm wrong -- but that's how you're coming across.
     
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