I started training about 30 years ago in Kung Fu San Soo. I owned The Kung Fu Academy for 20 years. If you want to meet I'd give you the first lesson free.
If you practice what I teach you for about 10 hours a week you will be quite capable of using Tai Chi for real street fights in a couple of years. It won't matter how big or strong the other guy is. I'll show you how to use your weakness to defeat his strength. Very few ever even think about using weakness, but it definately has it's uses. Very Taoist. Many talk about softness (weakness), but very few actually use it.
In fact, in the classics we are told to practice softness and then hardness will come. The other way will not work; if you work on hardness you will not get the softness. You need both for Tai Chi. Otherwise it's brute force and nothing else. That is not Tai Chi.
What kind of tai chi do you do?
Do you run that place in North Park? I've ridden my bike past there a bunch of times.
I will be teaching a San Soo class there this coming Saturday at noon. You would be welcome to join us. San Soo is pretty close, almost identical really, to the martial aspect of Tai Chi.
As far as styles go, I don't say. I was taught from the Tai Chi Classics. Do a google search. They never mentioned a style. In fact, you will do better to understand Tai Chi as a set of principles to enable a body to perform at maximum efficiency, i.e. maximum result with minimum effort, rather than a certain "style." Americans are too obsessed with classification.
Hope you can make it Saturday...Rich
I agree with what he said:
FWIW, as I have not personally trained with him, I have also heard decent things also about Jesse Tsao in San Diego:
So anyone in San Diego wanna start an Aunkai group?