Frequently Asked Questions
Teacher, I have heard the Master is given a red envelope for his birthday and at Chinese New Year.
What is this all about?
he red envelope is an old Chinese custom for wishing someone good luck.
Twice a year the students shows their respect for their chosen master by
giving him/her some money in a red envelope. How much is given is purely
up to the student or disciple or sifu level.
It would be no different
then then giving a family member a card and a money for a birthday or
anniversary. A gift of money is an appropriate gift to signify your
appreciation for the effort the master makes to teach you his beloved
art. Money also tends to be a good gift as
it is the hardest thing to part with, for most people.
It is only good Wu-De (ethics) to show you care and respect your
master's labor of love in teaching you.
Teaching can be
demanding. It takes a great deal of time and effort to teach the
massive amount of material needed to create a new student, disciple or
teacher level. The red envelope is a sign you care, and appreciate all
the effort the master makes to teach you.
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