• Which style are you into and why? (you could also talk about what you emphasize most: health, fight, meditation, philosophy…)
A good, well practiced martial art It benefits every aspect of life. When practiced in the fashion the founders laid out for us, Taijiquan is no different. It is only the limiting of the art by ignoring these instructions that the art is less, as in when it is presented as a only health or spiritual art. It is ironic that practitioners take up such a holistic art only to ignore it’s core aspects and disregard the teachings of Yang Luchan.
Don’t pick your teacher based on who is closest and most convenient to get to. Find one who really teachers the entire art rather than watering it down because he or she hasn’t the skill or courage to practice sanshou.
And Loius Swaim’s translation of Yang Chengfu’s book, “The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan.”