Ok, I will be honest right up front. I have no access to training with the Chinese straight sword. I have no schools which teach that art in my area. I am looking to train entirely on my own, simply for fun and personal enjoyment. I know there are different styles, and different DVD's, and books, etc. I was thinking of studying different forms from the styles. I would like to learn a southern Hung Gar style, a northern Shaolin style, some Tai-Chi (Yang, or Chen, etc), and maybe some Wudang forms, etc. I know that the Wing Lam kung fu site has a number of DVD's on various styles. I was actually playing with some Hung Gar using his DVD's. They are easy to learn from, and include applications for the movements. I have no illusions of teaching, or claiming to posses any great skill or to pass my self off an expert. I just love to do forms, and would learn them for my self. I would love to be in a park, just doing the forms for fun. Does anyone have a suggestion as to where to start? Where is a good place to learn fundamentals before moving onto the more advanced stuff. I was thinking that something like the simplified Yang Tai-Chi 32 movement form would be a good place to start. What are your thoughts on learning forms from different styles, rather than focusing on one style? Let me know what you think...Thanks.