Let’s give this another try
It has been nearly a year since Tai Chi Renegade died…
I’m talking about the website not the man…Erle Montaigue was much more than a Tai Chi renegade.
Those of you that knew Erle personally knew that he was many things to many people…least of all being a Master of the Internal Martial Arts. He was so much more…
The stories that people could tell about the man we knew as “Erle” would fill a number of books…No worries Mate! He was a funny bugger…equally happy in and out of the lime light. He had lots of great life long friends, he always shared …he gave back to the world wherever he could.
Erle Montaigue and Eli mucking about for the camera
Just prior to Erle’s death we were discussing the Martial Arts community , peoples expectations and the state of the Economy. Things weren’t going as well as could be on the sales front… video sales had declined dramatically , business wasn’t booming, the whole world was hurting and his sales reflected this.
We had a New Economy …didn’t we all know it, the world had changed, making money had gotten even harder for some … people were pointing fingers all round. People were angry and resentful…lashing out at anything they could. Erle’s business was no different to others and he was having difficulty trying to work out this New Economy …trying to figure out how to Survive.
What you may not realise is that the internet has helped create the New Economy…blame the Bankers if you will but we are all responsible to some extent. The Bankers took advantage of a human weakness…the internet stimulated this weakness.
We seek the Holly Grail…“Something for Nothing”. Let us call the New Economy the Free Economy. People want their music for next to nothing or free…Movies for free (even if they have to steal them) and it seemed they wanted their Taiji for free.
Many of you know that Erle was way ahead of the New Economy ,he gave a darn lot away for nothing. He had been giving stuff away for years so that people could learn. Erle tried to fit in with the New Economy …so he built up a tremendous following on Facebook,poured his heart and knowledge into Facebook only to one day turn it all off.Why did he do it…he had his reasons.
Let’s just say he was sick and tired of inappropriate comments…
Taichirenegade.com was getting some inappropriate comments behind the scenes so I understood how he felt. People can be very demanding of free services…without a second thought. They have been trained well by the masters of the New Economy.
Now not everyone is cut out for Taiji or any form of Martial tradition. It takes a special someone to train hard …question themselves and the Status quo…a true Renegade.
As I’ve said before …
“Pyjama wearers just don’t understand”
Erle Montaigue and Son Eli showing "How Push Hands should be done"
Some people are just collectors of information and video content…waiting for that magic something to land in their lap …make everything right.They don’t do anything with it. They think they deserve something for nothing…maybe they’re right.
No problem…we’re not here to judge what should be and what shouldn’t and discuss non-duality verses everything else.
We didn’t want to change the world (it could use a little changing though)…we really wanted to find more Tai chi renegades that would get it…
More friends to train with and share ideas…Hang out , be around like minded people.
It had to pay its way though…you know the drill, bills to pay and a family to support. You know…real stuff.
We had come up with a plan to create New video content and give it away for free…not just snippets on Youtube but full feature video …action packed with content on Taiji, Bagua, Qigong and the Internal Self defense arts.
I was going to come up with the platform for this video content and Erle was going to supply “the good oil”.
It was worth a try. What did we have to lose… now I have to admit that Erle wasn’t 100% convinced with my plan and he probably had good reason. We were going to try something new, not sit back and blame the New Economy like so many people do.
We were going to kick it off with more interviews like the Taichirenegade series and Erle was going to start filming the New segments.
We were going to take a risk, hopefully the Martial arts community was going to support it…
…but first Erle said “if we are going to be in business together you have to know one thing, we are in bad shape”.
OK I said “How about you get some friends together that you like training with and make some videos…I’ll worry about trying to make this Bloody New Economy pay for itself”.
Maybe he liked the idea of training with a few special people… putting it on video, just training with the people he loved. Maybe he was going along with my crazy plan…because we were friends, maybe he didn’t know the extent of my vision but just wanted to support me as friends do.
I was going to keep our plan a secret but that wouldn’t be very friendly would it. Ok…we were going to create a Martial Arts ATM website.
An ATM website is a little different to the magical whole in the wall that your bank provides. It is a website were you get your first withdrawal for free and then if you like what you see then you can make a small monthly contribution…then make as many withdrawals as you like, when you feel like it, wherever you are. No big outlay for say 20 DVD’s at once just so you can get a discount.
Just imagine it…a website of real content…access from any computer, smartphone, iPad etc. You wouldn’t have to worry about lugging DVD’s around, if they got damaged or lost. Access to what you wanted when you wanted it…and no risk of buying a DVD that you may never use. You would be truly part of the Renegade family with help at your fingertips…you would belong. We would build it for you…and Yes we would give and give and give. We decided we would build on what Erle had already given but in new revised content and then invest in better ways for you to receive all that you wanted and more.
That was the Plan.
This was my last conversation with Erle…you know the rest.
I can’t tell you the pain I felt with his departure, you may have felt it too.
Erle Montaigue had left the building … maybe Taichrenegade.com and all the content should depart as well. I did pull down all the previous posts…maybe this was a mistake.
I tried to keep it together and made a few attempts…then I took a Gap year to sort my head out and decide what to do.
This is the final try…to make it work… one thing has to change.
I realised that inappropriate comments were not my biggest worry…but they sure as hell can give you writers block.
Well Erle’s business is still going on at TAI CHI WORLD and I can still help his family.
So I’m turning comments off…I need to concentrate on getting the job done and frankly they were paralysing me.
You can’t effectively write whilst worrying about peoples misconceptions and knee jerk reactions…well you just go round in circles.
Those that have a need to comment try our Facebook Page…
What can you do to become a better Tai Chi Renegade…that’s for you to decide.
What is the single most important thing for your Taiji…what would Erle say,
“Just Bloody well Do it”
Better yet…go and buy some Bloody DVD’s at Tai Chi World and support the family of a true Tai Chi renegade. The Martial Arts ATM website never came about due to Erle’s unexpected death so you need to have a look at Erle’s video trailers on his YouTube channel for a better understanding of what to buy then take a leap. Don’t be a Tai Chi conformist…become a Tai Chi Renegade.
Like a true Aussie Erle Montaigue died on Australia Day, 26th January 2011…