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kshurika wrote:Hi and welcome to RSF.
In my humble opinion, for neijia, there is no one in Southern California more high-level than Tim Cartmell. He lived and studied intensively in Taiwan/China for almost 11 years and is deeply knowledgeable about many styles of taiji, xingyi, bagua, Xu Xi Dao and other internal methods. He also is steeped in the true (i.e. not fake) histories of those arts. Upon his return to the U.S., Tim continued his neijia practice and learned BJJ, in which he now holds a 3rd degree black belt.
Tim is best for those who want to learn martial arts to their fullest extent. Most MA teachers cannot properly teach applications because they have never fought. Tim is an exception to this norm. Also, because he is very intelligent, he is well-versed in the philosophy, psychology and the more esoteric aspects of neijia in which you have expressed interest. He has authored or translated a number of authoritative books, most of which you can find by entering his name on Amazon. You can read his (not very recent) bio on his website, shenwu.com.
Tim is out of the country currently, teaching in Europe. He'll be back the first week in April. He teaches his privates at a BJJ school in Orange County, south of L.A. (my beloved hometown). When he's in town, he hosts open-mat at the school on Saturdays, from 3:00 - 6:00. You might want to drive down to chat with him. I can't give you his phone number without his okay. He's a very personable guy and is always interested in people who are interested in martial arts. Many people drive or fly vast distances to study with Tim. Those of us who live in Southern California are lucky.
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