The popularity of the Ip Man movies make some people think that they can make a fortune from teaching Wing Chun. And perhaps they can. So for those who have the skills and credentials they stand to benefit. But how about those who don’t have the skills, knowledge or lineage to capitalize on this opportunity? What then do they do? Well, run a con, of course!
Lack of skill – if you lack the skill to teach Wing Chun properly what then do you do?
Simple – claim to have skill anyway and criticize everyone else as not having skills. By making a daring claim from behind a keyboard it would seem to those not in the know that you must have some skills. Otherwise, how would you dare to make such a claim. And if anyone were to call you out on this just continue hiding behind the keyboard and throw out all sorts of excuses for not meeting up to legitimize your claim, i.e. if you even have one in the first place.
Lack of knowledge – if you don’t have enough knowledge of Wing Chun to teach what can you do?
Aiyah……another simple solution. Accuse everyone else of doing Wing Chun wrongly and that only your method of doing is correct. In this way you redefine the argument so that a wrong argument is now a right argument. Nifty marketing skill right? Potential students who don’t know enough about Wing Chun will then easily fall for your little con since they can’t tell what is right and what is wrong in the first place.
Lack of lineage – if you don’t have the lineage will that really stop you from teaching?
No, of course not. All you have to do is claim that lineage is not important or that since the style is wrong anyway, therefore by default the lineage is also wrong. So ergo, your lack of lineage does not prove anything and should not matter. Again, for the uninitiated they will probably fall for the argument. Like PT Barnum said a sucker is born every day.
What if people in the know challenge your arguments and claims? What then do you do to address this setback?
Well, simple. You can do the following :-
a) Attack the person rather than the argument. For example this style AWC – they know they have no lineage, no knowledge, no skill and so they chose to attack me here rather than address my arguments. The writer’s argument is that he is interested in martial arts research thus has merit. Frankly, I see little value in martial arts research done by someone with no lineage, no knowledge and no skill. If such research were to be accepted then I pity the person accepting the information and using it. He would just end up wasting time and probably be conned of a thousand bucks.
b) Boost your arguments with selective videos of other practitioners and styles that back up your arguments. In this way, it seems that your argument has basis when it may have little or none at all.
c) Post videos that claim to show the merits and skills of your style. Never mind, that the videos show poor skills that is of practitioners that are at a beginner level. Just go ahead and claim that they are highly skilled anyway and some sucker will believe you enough to part with a thousand bucks.
d) Put up a challenge to close another school and potential students will be impressed. After all, if you don’t have the skills you would hardly dare to issue a challenge, right? Yes, except potential students will not know that when your challenge is accepted you dare not name the time and place. You just tuck your tail behind your legs and slink into a corner.
e) List down what appears to be scientific research and a way to test it on your blog. Of course, you must conveniently not mention that your test procedures are full of flaws which in essence nullifies its legitimacy.
f) Put up lots of obstacles to interested parties wanting to meet and learn. Pretend that you don’t want to waste time with those who are not really interested and just want to waste your time by charging high fees when really your motive is to try to turn WC into an ostentatious good that people will pay highly for by making it seem that your art is desirable and exclusive. Yeah, right as if bad skill is desirable and exclusive. Best of all, when people are willing to pay you will still not want to meet because you can’t afford to meet people who really have skills and can easily expose your con.
The above are my thoughts on how an unskilled or lowly skilled practitioner of WC can still set up a school to con students of money based on the AWC case study. We have given them a lot of time, opportunity and leeway to prove their claims but they would only momentarily stick their head into the light to bark before slinking back into the shadows.
I urge any students who are thinking of studying with AWC to tread carefully if you don’t want to end up the poorer. I would advise you to go check with legitimate and recognized teachers of WC before jumping into the AWC cesspool hook, line and sinker. You do so at your own risk. I am not teaching WC so I do not gain anything from issuing this advisory.
And yeah, the writer at blacklist will probably call this gossiping because I know he is really the same person behind AWC. Such childish behaviour on his part, to think he can cover up such an obvious con. Anyone wants to know more about the AWC con can join sgwutan on FB.
When I think of it I have to say that the writer on blacklist is showing his ignorance or perhaps its selective ignorance when he accuses me of not doing research when what I have done can be found in the following :-
a) Complete Wing Chun – The Definitive Guide to Wing Chun’s History and Traditions
b) The Ip Man Koans
c) The Ip Man Questions
d) TaijiKinesis Vol 1
e) TaijiKinesis Vol 2 (coming real soon if I can finish it within the next 2 weeks in time for National Day)
I’ll bet that apart from perhaps CWC the writer has not even read the (b), (c) or (d) so I am wondering who the ignorant and gossiping one really is.