Learning a Hakka Style in Montreal
Hi, a posted a similar thread to this in the newbietown forum but decided that as my post was largely CMA specific, I thought I might find better results here.
So, I guess this is going to be your typical "can you help me find a good school" thread. I've actually got a few ideas in mind and was wondering if anyone had any experience with them or thoughts about them.
I've been scouring the internet researching various martial arts (aka reading their wikipedia article) and the ones I've found to sound the most interesting are the Hakka Styles (Bak Mei, Southern Dragon, Southern Praying Mantis, etc). However, these martial arts seem to be rather rare and the only place even vaguely mentioning teaching one of these was http://www.shaolinwingchun.com/index.php?lang=en which literally has Wing Chun written all over it with rather vague mentions of Bak Mei made. I'd really like for it to work out, but looking over the website there is just so much that jumps out at me saying "no...just, no".
The next possible place that seems like a likely candidate is http://www.shaolinwhitecranekungfu.com/ which teaches Fujian White Crane. From what I've read Fujian White Crane and the Hakka styles are cousins, or good friends, or maybe just neighbors or something but they have several common elements anyways. This place seems a bit more promising and even has a rather good review on here http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=52364
Ok, this last point, I'm sure I'll catch some flak for, but anyways. If I can't find a school that teaches a Hakka style (quite likely) and there isn't any convincing argument for why Hakka sucks and that I should give it up for something more reasonable, then I was wondering what thoughts are on learning via DVD. I know it's not optimal or recommended in any sense and should never be the sole source of learning, but if for example I was taking classes at the Fujian White Crane place while learning the principles of a Hakka style by DVD, do you think that would be at the very least acceptable or should you just never attempt to learn anything by DVD ever?
If it might be ok to learn by DVD, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience or thoughts about http://www.chinamantis.com/mantis-in...ional-dvds.htm which seems to have an extensive set of DVDs for Southern Mantis.
Any other recommendations or alternative suggestions would be gladly welcomed on any of the points above.