When You're Choosing a Kung Fu School
Check the school's background
As a doctor would have a diploma on the wall, so to should a Kung Fu
School. Check to see if the certificate is valid or just something
made up in local print show. Any
reference can be checked if you make the effort.
- Check out the Teacher
Sad to say, there really are not many really qualified Masters. It takes
at least thirty years to become a real master. If someone tells you
he or she is a Master and is still in their twenties, chances are they are not!
- Many Teachers are frauds and lie about background
If the Teacher's background seems too good, chances are it is false. Ask who
he or she learned from then contact that person to verify it's true.
Something else to watch out for: I have a number of students I have
taught over the years and threw out of the Gwan for various reasons.
They are therefore not qualified to teach. However they are out there
lying about their background and who taught
them, hiding the true facts.
- Be sure it is not just a commercial school
Commercial schools are only interested in on things, namely how to get your
money. They are usually taught by low ranking Teachers. If you find they
charge for everything they offer, chances are you are in a commercial school
with contracts that will bind you. Traditional school don't use these
tactics. We are low cost and only care about Teaching the Traditional way.
We never have a contract to bind you.
- Go to a class
Watch their training methods, see if the classes are
well run. Traditional schools run strong, balanced classes and never charge you for
extra time. They don't charge by the hour. Never are there charges for a
promotions. That is only a way to get money from you. Beware.
- Check with other schools
Check with other schools in the area to see if the school is well known
and has a good reputation.
Within Kung Fu circles we all know each other. Good Teachers know other
good teachers. Ask around and see what the reputation of the school is. You
would be shocked to find many schools are run by very unqualified and
A good Teacher is a treasure and a bad one is a nightmare. A good
school can change your life for the better, and bad one will drain your
bank account with little or nothing worthwhile to be learned. A bad school
can cost you years of wasted time and effort. The Arts are great to
learn, but they have to be shown to you from somebody who really has gone
through legitimate training under a recognized Master. So ask the Teacher
you meet, "who is the Master that taught you?" Then verify that claim, don't
just believe what you heard. As the old saying goes, trust is easy but
facts never lie. Good luck in your quest to find your Master.
If you we can help in any way in way to find a noted Master we will try or
at least point you in the right direction. Just ask us. We don't
know every teacher out there, but we certainly know who the best are.
Noted Masters know each other, and each of them would want you to check out
any claims or schools so you won't be taken in by the frauds.
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