Hey everyone! Sifu Larry here…
Before you guys and gals check out this video on wrist locks, I want to give you a little back story on why I am releasing the second half. Back In January of 2015, I uploaded a 6 minute video up on YouTube, it was a preview of one of our member videos we filmed in 2014 when we first opened up our website. I thought it would be nice to share a sneak peak of what one could expect once becoming a member.
At the end of the video I added a little blurb about how if they would like to watch the rest of the video, they you could find at our site. And recently we have had some rather disgruntled people be upset about it being only a preview. Like we were stealing from them (it’s free!?!), not providing any real value (umm, what!?!) or trying to be tricksters (you can join or not, the choose is always yours) . It’s been kinda crazy to say the least.
Jamie did not really know what was going on, as I usually take care of the YouTube comments unless a comment is directed to her personally.
She got railroaded a bit a few days ago by a person that recently signed up for the free 5-day course and had not received lesson 2 and they also said something about needing the rest of the wrist lock video… There was much more to it than that but, moving on.
To which Jamie was perplexed because neither lesson 1 or 2 are about a wrist lock. Once she got a hold of the fan she was able to help him out and that was when she realized what video this person was getting upset about, This person told her it feels like we’re trying to pull the old bait and switch.
So she went to check out the video while wondering, “Why is this person insulting all of our hard work?” We are honest and upfront, are people really that upset we need to feed our families too and that we don’t give everything away for free?
This is after all what we do for a living… LITERALLY! And we aren’t rollin in the dough, but if we were, wouldn’t that be a good thing? Isn’t that how it should be!?!? You get rewarded more and more over time for your consistency and hard work? Like a job well done!? Like how your Kung Fu will keep rewarding you more and more over time with your consistency and hard work!?!
Well we aren’t there yet, heck Jamie and her daughter still have to live with our family to make ends meet and our families help each other our to repay the favor to each other, in skill, time, help and/or things that reduce each others’ bottom line.
But my point is not only is it insane to be attacked for providing value, it’s insane we get insulted for working at doing something we love which is how we choose to feed our families.
We aren’t going to attack you for your work that pays you, so why is this so different in the martial arts arena? I say this, because some of the stuff Jamie and I have witnessed is just insane since we started this online Kung Fu journey. It is this extremely entitled and everyone owes them or is out to get them somehow mentality that we just don’t get or understand.
Sure we’ve seen it else where in the internet, but it has been heavy in this section of the world. I guess we just don’t expect that type of behavior from people who are suppose to be cultivating their chi and therefor their minds. Kung Fu will refine you if you put the work in.
We know no one is perfect, we just expect better manors from said people in the martial arts community.
What I can tell from re-watching the video is it provided value, if you actually listen and apply it, there is enough to work on right there. It wasn’t the complete lesson, but it wasn’t devoid of lessons.
These shorter clips are like the crumbs, they are not insignificant, they can still fill you up and add substance; meaning there is plenty to learn for free. If you want just free, we are cool with that. However, those that want to learn more from us and want to fund our efforts of providing amazing Kung Fu online, well we love you guys and gals and appreciate that greatly.
Going back to the blurb at the end of the clip… Jamie did point out that it would have been better to put a slide at the beginning specifying it was a preview of one of our member’s lessons and a slide vs. text at the end of the clip to reiterate how they can get the rest, (www.entershaolin.com/join not www.entershaolin.com) which we have been doing in our newer previews. Point taken.
So since I didn’t make it as obvious as I could and in the spirit of giving more value to the community whether you want to support our cause or not…
Here is part 1… The originally released YouTube video of “4 Basic Wrist Locks”:
Now you can be the judge. Where you able to learn something from this, let me know in the comments at the end of this post. 🙂
I would like to warn everyone in advance… I’m not a professional video editor, and have been learning as we go on this journey. Jamie gets upset when I don’t run ideas especially graphics by her before editing, and that is something we have been working on so we can get our message across more clearly. Because clearly I did not make this clear enough the first time around! LOL
However that being said, when we put stuff on YouTube it’s free content. When someone gets upset because they can’t get the rest of the video free and insists on spamming or insulting us… I just have to wonder why!?
After all, we spend hundreds of hours a month keeping Enter Shaolin and the videos flowing with our number 1 priority being keeping both our members and list subscribers/fans happy.
And we are always looking at how to provide even more value for those wanting the free lane and those who see the value in what we do and choose to invest in themselves and us.
Special thanks again to those that make contributions to our dream and help us upgrade equipment and keep improving Enter Shaolin!
This video footage on this page is from 2014, we’ve upgraded our camera lens, how we film and our mic among site upgrades since then. So just so you know our newer content is even better and we have plans to get even better footage for you once we raise the funds to upgrade again. 🙂
Here’s the full “4 Basic Wrist Locks” lesson that only members could see until now:
I hope you enjoyed getting to see the whole lesson, let us know what you think in the comments below.
I would like to ask for your forgiveness if you feel we are cheating you in anyway and know we are always learning and growing too.
When you invest in Enter Shaolin, you are investing in yourself and us! You are investing in your martial arts, your health, your life!
Every dime we have goes to operational expenses, helping us keep Enter Shaolin running, getting new equipment and other things needed to keep upgrading what we do and yes… You help us feed our families too. But again why should that be a bad thing? We work hard too, it just happens that we work doing something we love. Shouldn’t we all choose that?
One of the upgrades we are looking to do as soon as possible besides upgrading our camera/filming gear, is selling DVDs as many have asked for them. We listen, we hear you! However, we need to buy better equipment. For us to get better equipment we need to bring in more members. We are always re-investing the money we make back into Enter Shaolin. And we have only scratched the surface friends and family!
Even where we film needs to be upgraded. The studio needs a new ceiling and a new floor. The good news is we are growing every month and we are excited for what we have in store for you.
The point of this rant is it blows my mind that people who are getting free stuff rather than being grateful instead accuse us of things like spamming and bait and switching them.
In short we get beat up often, for providing value and doing our best to put something in the hands of people that would never have the opportunity to learn this stuff any other way.
Quick Shout Out To The Awesome Folks That Do Love What We Do
We really appreciate you. We will continue to share our knowledge and love of martial arts with you. Because that is who we are and we want to help people who have the same love of Kung Fu too. If you aren’t ready to join us inside Enter Shaolin yet, that’s okay. Please keep enjoying the free tidbits we put out there!
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Thanks for taking the time to read my rant and we will be here whenever you are ready.
Do what you love,
Sifu Larry Rivera
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