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Tom wrote:Sun styletaijiquan iis comparatively rare, even in China. I don't know any active instructor of Sun taiji within the parameters you gave. Consider this as an alternative: get Tim Cartmell's DVDs and book, spend some serious time every day on his basics, and find a friend willing to indulge you with the structural push tests for each endpoint posture. With dedication you can learn the sequence to a reasonable beginner's level within 3 months. Film short sequences and email or Dropbox or Youtube them to Tim and pay him to offer video coaching and critique (obviously clear this with Tim first). Locally, find a push-hands-in-the-park group, or start one yourself via MeetUp etc. Push hands provides a moving test and validation of uour basics and solo form practice. Then, when you've shown yourself you have the initiative and self-discipline required for Sun taiji or any other form of gongfu, take some vacation and head to LA and get some hands-on time with Tim. You can make some real progress this way.
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