Real Teachers', Real Stories, Real Problems, ...Real Indifference
Khan Foxx : Conor 西狐格漢
Teachers, irregardless of their abilities, reputations, and benevolence,
more than is told or realized by their 'students' or 'proteges'...Teachers...
are indeed damagable and exploitable. A lifetime of teaching can be completely lost due to death of a protege'
student or due to a covetous, exploitive student or martial organization who says nothing or thinks little good about their
teacher and/ or else denies the teacher who taught him. [Note: consider, the origins of Ba Gua Chang or the story
'it came to me in a dream']
A student, wishing to elevate himself 'above' his teacher may deny who taught him or may 'cloister' his teachings as
a protectionism to claim that he is the only teacher capable of teaching the 'real and complete' system of exercises
or that students of his former teacher 'where only taught halfway' or that 'others learned incorrectly and filled in
the parts they were not taught.' A student may also challenge the teacher or else via 'an innocent game of pushing hands'
intentionally injure the teacher. I often consider the sanity of such students.
A reputable teacher will never accept such a student no matter how much money the student may have is they show signs
of exclusive, self-importance or enjoy hurting others to prop-up his self-esteem.
I have had 'students' who come for three lessons and then claim that they are now teachers, or after three lessons
ask if I will give them a certificate as a qualified teacher before they return home to their country.
I have had 'students' who learned yiquan from reputable teachers and although they gained insights into yiquan and how
water-boxing helps in this, they return
to their countries enriched by a discovery, but will never divulge the teacher source. Unfortunate for them, there
does exist, teacher to teacher communiques.
I have demonstrated innate weaknesses to 'martial' students only to have them
deny that this would apply to them.
I have met 'teachers' who proclaim their ability in nearly every popular Chinese martial art: yiquan, jit-kun-do, aikido,
xingyi-, taichi-, white-eyebrow...and have become popular locally; the one I have in mind is in Thailand and 'borrows'
Adam Hsu's books and reissues them as Japanese cartoon manga with no credits give to Adam.
I have had visiting students where nearly everything they have learned is incorrect in form, application, and principle...and
irregardless of their 'teachers' or 'years' of
study, it does not meet basic standards..and the student is not willing to adjust nor to relearn..nor accept the fact
that their 'teacher' also needs relearning. Some of these students, being ethnic Asians, Thai, or Buddhist believe that by
they have 'inborn knowledge' already regarding meditation; a self-delusion.
The worst type of student is the one who purchases a copy of my book..and later
claims they wrote it and I plagerized it from them; a near worst type, is a 'reknowned' teacher who never purchased my
book, claims he just happened to
be given a copy, and then proceeds paraphrase it as his own.
The next worst type of student is the one who has exchanged emails with me and either claims 'I was his teacher' or else
mimes everything I have said via email as being his 'own wisdom and insights'...and to do this to another teacher that I know;
thus a web of theft and misrepresentation.
Multiple worst types are whole organizations or affluent individuals who promise to either import me for a seminar
or to 'use' me as the pillar of a new school and...in reality they are only shining the teacher on with
mind games to mislead the master.
There is also those who exploit incidences in past history such as when the teacher was a student ...requested
to demonstrate and test styles and systems against each other...something that should proceed as friendly academics.
Years later, the other student who is now a 'famous' teacher remixes the story to impress his student, the student then will
circulate the story as 'my teacher defeated..you know who..who didn't fight very good at all.' Leaving out the causes,
the circumstances, and the outcome.
I can also relate the story about a teacher in San Francisco New Chinatown, noted for his mixture of taichi-, boxing,
and aikido...whose school I visited with the intention of observing his class and introducing myself. When this teacher
realized that I was also a teacher, he said he was never afraid of someone coming to his classes and challenging him...he
then produced a .45 automatic pistol he was concealing under his jacket uniform.
I can also relate the story of another teacher in San Francisco, noted for his quite
soft and adaptive style of Cheng Man-chingTai-Chi-, whom I was polite enough to allow to best me at pushing hands...his
way, only to have him scream 'unfair, that's not Tai-Chi-' when I did apply waterstyle with nerve pressure points.
I can also relate the story of Thai Police 'ordering' me and my Thai student,
in the Queens' Park, to 'stop doing Fa Ling Gong' ..he had no idea and no education to discern the differences
to Tai-Chi-; one tap from me, and he changed his mind. Perhaps the Jedi mind-trick does work. [my Thai
student also warned him that I was quite capable of killing him.] My advice, when faced with authority, do not give
over your power, keep it for yourself.
I can also relate to the story of a Thai student who took offense when I suggested that the King of Thailand be given
back the powers previously removed; the student severed all contacts with me; his lose.