Chinese billionaire Jack Ma recently made headlines for teaching Taichi philosophy to entrepreneurs in his efforts to help diversify wealth and change lives across the globe.
According to local media reports, the CEO of Alibaba Group is charging an estimated total of $20,000 for each student who registers for a course of six classes.
Malaysia’s Kwong Wah newspaper reported on May 22 that Ma offers six classes a year, adding that each lecture lasts three days. In total, each student is expected to have attended eighteen classes per year.
The billionaire’s classes are strictly for business owners and workers.
He wrote a book “How To Build Your Own Billions,” and it’s worth noting that he’s a die-hard fan of martial arts.
At the age of 52, Ma’s love for the art hasn’t waned. He has reportedly practiced taiji quan since 1988.
Straits Times writes that he confirmed his bodyguard is a taiji master who was also born in Taiji, a location in China’s Chen Jia Gou, Henan Province.
Earlier this month, Ma went viral for his comments on a fight between one taiji master and a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.
Image: Jet Li and Jack Ma.
In the post which was published on his Sina Weibo account, the billionaire businessman said taiji and mixed martial arts are two styles which should not be compared because they observe different rules.
While his comments stirred controversies among netizens who questioned the practical use of taiji in real combat, Ma said his art is definitely “combative.”
However, he admitted that such instances would be rare as most taiji practitioners perform the art for exercise.”
“Taiji was invented neither for attack nor defence, but as a movement to illustrate its philosophy,” he wrote. “Attack and defence are part of taiji, but definitely not all of it.”
The difference between taiji and taiji quan, referring to the former as being a philosophy while the latter is said to be the real martial art.
In 2011, he established an online academy named Taiji Zen with famous actor Jet Li, who worked as a lecturer for Martial Art and Associated Meditation Techniques.
The program is made up of nine levels, and is strictly for working professionals, athletes and martial artists who have need for development.
Image shows Jet Li and Alibaba Group CEO Jack Ma.
“Taiji is about how you balance and how you work,” Ma said in an interview with Bloomberg TV in 2015.
He continued: “Taiji is like ‘you fight there and I’ll go over here. You’re at the top, and I’ll go down’.
“It’s a balance. You are heavy and I’m small. When I’m small, I can jump. You’re heavy. You cannot jump.
“Taiji is about a philosophy. I use taiji philosophy in the business.
“Calm down. There’s always a way out and keep yourself balanced.”
Ma’s life is a grass-to-grace story. He applied 30 times for job and got rejected.
Worse still, the business mogul even tried enrolling for classes at Harvard university for a total of ten times and was rejected. The failures weren’t because he’s too ugly but for the unknown fact that he was undergoing preparations for an enviable future.