Hello Martial Talk Forums! I am a 12 year Taiji Player; started in 2003 with Yang -> Competition Forms -> Sun -> Wu -> Chen. I was a regular in the tournament circuit around Southern California between 2004 and 2008. I taught for over a year in Los Angeles out of my Karate coach's school around 2012. Now I most often practice Chen and I teach Yang to coworkers twice a week. I am a 12 year Self Defense Student/Expert?; started in 2003 with Chinese Kempo (Chuan Fa) // Taijutsu // Wing Chun // Systema // Japanese Ju Jutsu // MMA // 'Practical' Karate. I stick with a style until it is no longer interesting enough for me to pursue more knowledge. I try to understand the philosophy to ultimately blend the skills within myself as we are all masters of our own domain and by dominating oneself, we can improve ourselves and persevere through any adversity. Recognizing that everything in existence is unique and apart while also uniform and deeply involved in the tapestry of reality. You know, Oneness and stuff... I am a 5 year Wushu Player; started in 2003 with basics and progressed from Chang Chuan -> Nan Chuan -> Weapons -> Xing Yi. I stopped studying after learning a few Xing Yi forms and winning a few medals. My oldest and best friends came from this experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am an 5 year Kyokushin Karate Player; started in 2011 at Victory Dojo in Burbank, CA. Loved the whole experience growing with the younger kids and flourishing with the adults. Learned a great deal about tournament fighting while I was here. A bit about self defense and body positioning, but it was primarily a competition school with a secondary focus on self protection and defense. Still learned a great deal about situational awareness and escaping before engaging. I hope these forums are engaging enough to keep my attention. I look forward to creating bonds with new people. Thank you, TieXiongJi -> Translates to Iron Rooster, kind of.