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I was advised to be skeptical of fluff and Damo adding his own things into his practices, but I've also been told that he knows what he's talking about. I'd like to hear any anecdotal experiences about Damos academy/books/resources, whether you found it to be good, if you hit any glass ceilings with his methods, if he's credible, reliable, and as knowledgeable as he seems. How accurate is the theory that he presents in his books? Or if you are knowledgeable of neigong theory, whats your opinion on his work and information? Which parts of his theory are credible, which parts aren't? Any and all anecdotes and opinions are appreciated :) 

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A good rule of thumb for any teacher: 

 

"By the fruits, ye shall be known." 

 

Observe his students versus what he claims he imparts. Do this for any teacher you encounter and their students. 

 

More importantly, see if they're having fun, are healthy, joyful, and supportive.

 

This should help you before narrowing down the inevitable discussion for and against Damo specifically. 

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5 minutes ago, Earl Grey said:

A good rule of thumb for any teacher: 

 

"By the fruits, ye shall be known." 

 

Observe his students versus what he claims he imparts. Do this for any teacher you encounter and their students. 

 

More importantly, see if they're having fun, are healthy, joyful, and supportive.

 

This should help you before narrowing down the inevitable discussion for and against Damo specifically. 

 

Great tip, thanks :) 

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Damo's teachings, in terms of his later book's and (often free) video's, are a great place to start on your path, particularly as they give an accessible introduction to the systems he prefers. He is originally a martial artist from North Wales, hence talks and teaches in a very specific and Western style, which is great for folks who have little or no exposure to Asian language and culture, but does not suit the modern 'Woo Woo', self help, new age spirituality style.   

 

All decent teachers get criticized, both rightly and wrongly, but it will be some time before that would be an issue - opinions vary, as they say. In Damo's case this relates mainly to his diluted theoretical explanations, more acceptable to a 'mainstream' Western audience, and his practical interpretation, even condensation of physical methods that he has found work for him. Of late he has largely removed most of what some would call Western 'fluff' from his published teaching, as it's evolved a lot over the last few years, referencing the classic cannon far more in his later materials.

 

Hope that helps.            

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I've found a lot of value in Damo's Comprehensive Guide to Neigong. I'm still trying to wrap my head around White Moon on Mountain Peak but I'm hoping this Martial Man course will help me decipher it a bit better.

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I found his style wuji to be counterproductive for me. But this is how with any teacher - it is useless to gather anecdotal evidence, what matters is your personal experience, not somebody else's. His courses are very accessible, just try them at a nominal cost and judge yourself.

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