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Last update: November 18th, 2014.

There are new special services.

Please see Special Services for offline lessons

 

 

Lesson Fee:

Each offline and online lesson fee is $42 / €31.

WARNING: Please include the transaction fee in $42 / €31.  If you mistakenly pay more, I’ll return the money or send you more problems to compensate for that.

WARNING: Please do not send the payment as a family.  Please use the payment as business transactions.

If I receive lots of payments from family members from all over the world, PayPal might start getting suspicious about the transactions and suspend my account.  If I find out about someone paying me as a family, I may have to stop teaching that person.

Dollar or Euro? If you’re not sure of which currency to pay, I prefer the dollar.  If the payment in dollar will cost you more than the Euro, please let me know.  I’ll compensate for that by sending you extra problems.

 

 

Special Announcement

Special Services for offline lessons

You can buy 11 lessons for the price of 10, you will receive four special services below.

This special service is provided until December 23rd, 2014.

WARNING: This is only for offline lessons.  Not online lessons.

George in his 60s has been taking my offline Special Services Lessons, beginning in summer, and has improved quickly.  See George to learn how he has studied.

This learning result will help you see what you will possibly improve.

 

Special service 1:
If you take 11 lessons, you will receive at least 30 problems in each lesson until the 11th lesson.  So you will be receiving at least 330 problems in total.  If you take one offline lesson 11 times, you will receive 25 problems in each lesson.  So you will be receiving 275 problems in total.

 

Special service 2:

If you take 11 lessons, you will receive following texts free.

Opening texts: 1. How to counter the Chinese opening, 2. How to counter the mini Chinese opening,  3. How to counter the Kobayashi opening,  4. How to counter 5-4 point joseki,  5. How to counter 5-3 point joseki, and there are more, and there are more.  ( If you want to know a particular opening, please ask me.  I have all the counter moves against any opening.  Some openings don’t have a name, so I cannot spell them out here.)

You can get all of them above. All these opening texts very simple and easy to learn.  I always try to present the simplest texts, and they are made in such a way.  Once you learn it, you will never forget them because it’s really simple.

I’ve made these because of the following reasons.

My 15-year of teaching experience tells me that learning the most popular opening or joseki is not going to make you strong.  More importantly, the most popular opening or joseki variations usually don’t have basic tesuji or basic shapes, but pro level advanced tesuji and shapes.  In addition, they often have many exception moves.

I’d like to let you know that top pros can read more than 100 move less than a minute, but amateurs cannot.  Even if you follow the first few moves, that doesn’t make you play like pros.  Most importantly, just following pros’ moves will not make you strong.  I’ve explained that in detail on my blog: http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/251428407.html

If you have time to learn about the most popular opening or joseki, I strongly suggest that you build the basic foundations.  I elaborate on this matter on my blog more.  See http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/252401123.html.

So if you receive my special service 2, you no longer have to worry about how to deal with those opening or joseki variations.  Instead, you can focus on learning basics at your level.

 

Special service 3:

Other texts: You can choose five texts from each of the following or get five texts from one area:

  1. “Fight like Rocky Balboa!  Fight like Rocky Graziano!  Fight like Raging Bull!”  You will learn about fight.
  2. Learn about “the 0nion Tesuji” (which makes an opponent’s eyes water just like chopping onion).
  3. “Thick, Thicker, Thickest !!!” Maximize your thickness and make an opponent’s thickness useless.
  4. “Attachment effect, butterfly effect”.  If you learn the proper attachment and how to make the most of it, your moves could affect the entire board just like the butterfly effect.
  5. The “Killing-stones-syndrome”.  If you’re addicted to killing an opponent’s stones, you need this.
  6. “Big pig snout”.  You will learn about one of the most commonly shown life-and-death problems.
  7. “He is a peeping Tom?!  Peep, peep, PEEP!”  You will learn correct peeps and incorrect peeps.  You will find that so many people, kyu and dan players alike, play incorrect peeps.
  8. “Endgame techniques (If you learn these endgame techniques,  you will be able to turn around a 25-point losing game. WARNING: I’m still making these.  I’ll try to finish them soon. )

 

Special service 4:

You will receive information regarding the best way to study.   A university professor recently collected data from 10 million Japanese students learning English words.   There appear to be certain limits to learning; that is, studying harder does not necessarily mean that you will learn more.  In fact, the research shows that studying for shorter periods can actually produce very good results.  I will show you how to study, so that you can apply this method to your Go study.  I’ve been trying it myself while learning Chinese, and I’m happy to say it seems to be working.

A bit skeptical?  According to my facebook friends who speak several languages, learning Go and learning languages share many similarities.  So this information should help Go players.

( I currently don’t use facebook, so you won’t find me there.)

Deadline: The Special Services are provided until December 23rd, 2014.

 

 

Lesson Fees:

You can buy 11 lessons for the price of 10 when paid in advance: $420 / €310.  (This is equivalent to a lesson for $38.18 / €28.18.)

You can buy 23 lessons for the price of 20 when paid in advance: $840 / €620.  (This is equivalent to a lesson for $36.52 / €26.95.)

WARNING: Please include the transaction fee in $420 / €310.  If you mistakenly pay more, I’ll return the money or send you more problems to compensate for that.

WARNING: Please do not send the payment as a family.  Please use the payment as business transactions.

If I receive lots of payments from family members from all over the world, PayPal might start getting suspicious about the transactions and suspend my account.  If I find out about someone paying me as a family, I may have to stop teaching that person.

Dollar or Euro? If you’re not sure of which currency to pay, I prefer the dollar.  If the payment in dollar will cost you more than the Euro, please let me know.  I’ll compensate for that by sending you extra problems.

 

Additional Information: In case you don’t realize the good deal above, please take the following into consideration:

If you take one lesson 11 times, it will cost $ 462.

If you take one lesson 11 times, it will cost € 341.

 

Time Frame: Once you pay the lesson fee in advance, please take those lessons in a year and a half.  Sometimes people get busy with work, family, etc.  In that case please let me know that.  I will extend the time.  “A year and a half” is only a preferred time frame.

 

Refund policy:

Suppose  you’ve paid a 11 lesson fee, $420.

After taking 2 lessons, you decide not to take any more lessons, then the lesson fee will be: $42 × 2 lessons + 1 lesson for my texts = $126.  So I’ll return $294 minus the transaction fee.

After taking 3 lessons, you decide not to take any more lessons, then the lesson fee will be: $42 × 3 lessons = $126.  So I’ll return $294 minus the transaction fee.

After taking 4 lessons, you decide not to take any more lessons, then the lesson fee will be: $42 × 4 lessons = $168.  So I’ll return $252 minus the transaction fee, and so on down the line.

So far, all the students who have taken my 11 lessons keep have never asked me for refund.

 

Payment by Paypal.

I use Paypal and accept the US dollar or the Euro.  I don’t accept credit cards.

How to apply for Kaz’s Go Lessons!

  1. Please go to Paypal and look for my email address: cickazu@gmail.com
  2. Now you’re ready to pay the fee to Kazunari Furuyama, (in Japan) but don’t finish the payment, yet.
  3. Before you click and complete the payment, please scroll down and find “Message (optional)” on Paypal.
  4. In “Message (optional)”, please fill out your instruction.  Here is an example of how you write your instruction.

“An offline lesson fee. This is Harry Callahan (your full name, please); I’ll be sending you 10 games soon.  Choose one of the games. Go ahead, make my day!”

  1. After this, please send me your 10 games in sgf files.

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