The name says it all- the “Fall In Love Emotional Education” school.
Apparently, there are THAT many guys in China who lack the ability to have a relationship, says Zhang Zhenxiao, 27, according to a report from the Straits Times.
Enrolling in a three-day course during a week-long holiday in October, he adds: “Many times, it’s not that there’s something wrong with us. It’s that we don’t know what details to pay attention to.”
So who are these coaches?
Mr Zhang’s dating coach, Mr Zhang Mindong, said he was once like the men he teaches. A self-professed diaosi, or loser, Mr Zhang Mindong said he suffered a painful break-up in 2012.
He turned to the Internet to find solutions and discovered the term “pick-up artist”. He started his school, which he now runs with Cui Yihao, 25, and Fan Long, 29, in the eastern city of Jinan in 2014.
The cost for their services ranges from US$45 (S$61) for an online course to about US$3,000 for one-on-one coaching. Similar schools have opened in several Chinese cities.
So what do they do at these ‘schools’?
Mr Zhang held up a profile of an attractive woman on a dating app that had garnered “likes” from 7,000 men. “This is the environment in China,” he said.
In the first hour, he proclaimed them sartorial disasters. Most of the first day was devoted to improving dress. (“Narrow collars, sleeves should be folded up above the elbow and trousers should be fitted.”) They bought clothes and got haircuts.
The makeovers were followed by the students posing for photos – reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History Of Time, sipping tea and nibbling canapes presented in a silver bird cage, looking pensively out a window. That culminated in selfies with Ms Wang Zhen, a friend of Mr Cui’s.
Apparently this is all designed for dating on digital platforms, given most of the Chinese use WeChat .
What’s graduation like? They’re challenged to approach women to ask for their Wechat contacts.
After practising their moves on Ms Wang, the students set off. Mr Zhang Zhenxiao rushed up to two women, who paused, but continued walking. He chased after them and stopped them again. After a minute, they walked away.
“I didn’t succeed,” a dejected Mr Zhang said, returning to the group.
“No, the fact that you approached them means you did,” Mr Cui said, patting him on the back.
By the end of the night, all the students had obtained at least one WeChat contact. Maybe there might be something to these schools after all?
Image from Straits Times