Super Rare Style Club Best-Practice Refresher

Here’s a humorous piece I wrote recently that I thought I’d share. It was inspired by my most recent podcast, in which I had to (again) explain that the Yang style I do isn’t the common Yang style – it’s a much smaller sub style, which meant I belong to the Super Rare Style Club. And then I thought, what if that club was real? 🙂


I just wanted to refresh everyone on the Super Rare Style Club best practice we put together in March.

I’ve noticed some people are still not crediting their Super Rare Style correctly, can we make an effort to be Brilliant at the Basics with our Super Rare Styles, please?

Our content is being shared across the world and it has been flagged to me that when the basics are missing it makes bragging rights and ego boosting more time-consuming than necessary.

In particular, it has been flagged that a number of people are not correctly crediting their Super Rare Style at least once a week. Super Rare Styles need constant reference, not just once a year at the annual Kung Fu Banquet get together.

So, here’s a timely refresher:

1. The first rule of Super Rare Style Club, is that we do not talk about our Super Rare Style, unless nobody has asked about it, in which case we talk about it all the time. Although, if somebody asks you about it specifically, you just reply, “Sorry, it’s secret”, obviously.

2. The second rule of Super Rare Style Club is to be sure to condemn other people’s Super Rare Style as bullshit. Just not your own Super Rare Style, which we can also refer to as “elite” if necessary.

3. At least once a week you must casually mention that your Super Rare Style is no big thing, except that it TOTALLY DOMINATES in all physical encounters.

4. Avoid all sparing type scenarios and sport fighting matches, or anything that involves “testing”, with anybody except your own students. This is not the exclusive venue that your Super Rare Style demands!

5. Remember, the reason your style is Super Rare is that it’s exclusive, special and THE BEST, and not because nobody actually liked it that much, so it all but died out. Those are lies perpetrated by your enemies!

Thank you for your compliance, and have a great day!

Graham Barlow

Super Rare Style Membership Co-ordinator and Public Liaison Officer (acting up).

Super Rare Style Club secret handshake. Photo by fauxels on

2 thoughts on “Super Rare Style Club Best-Practice Refresher

  1. Pingback: Super Rare Style Club Best-Practice Refresher | Fresno Reiki, Tai Chi & Qigong

  2. Well said [and I laughed out loud several times]. Part of the problem as I have experienced it is that even talented and experienced instructors are reluctant to “own” whatever they have brought to what they practise and teach. That’s partly because it was considered in martial bad taste to change what you had learned as it insinuated that your teacher’s forms and methods needed to be improved.

    Perhaps, it was also a question of not wanting to be an outsider if your stuff was very different from what is considered main stream in taiji. Humans find meaning in groups and a sense of belonging to something unique [even when it isn’t].

    In the end you have to be true to yourself and as long as you’re honest with anyone you might teach; other people’s opinions are less valuable than a rodent’s rennet. 😁



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