Not sure whether to post this in beginner's section or the Chinese MA section, so I hope it is okay here. I took a Tai Chi class when I was in university, and have wanted to get back into it ever since. I was particularly intrigued with the teaching style of my second teacher. He would tell us about the different applications of each motion (blocking, striking, etc). It was fascinating. He also taught Kung Fu; I don't know if that had anything to do with it. He also made sure that we got the basics of each move reasonably well before we advanced to the next move, which meant that we were advancing through the moves relatively slowly. I believe he was teaching Yang-style. I am now in a position where I work evenings, live in a rural area and cannot drive. The only place I can get to is a Taoist Tai Chi group, but this seems very different from the Tai Chi I took before. They talk only of health benefits and repeatedly state that they will not discuss any martial applications. We rushed through the entire 108 moves in 3 months, and all of the beginners still have a lot of parts where we are totally lost. Even people who have been doing it for years seems to rely heavily on the corners and can't remember a whole set on their own. The people are nice and the teacher seems to know his stuff (as much as I can judge as a beginner), but he is also suffering back problems and often does not even lead the class in a full set. I went to an intensive and got a weird culty vibe that made me uncomfortable, and which I did not notice in my regular group. It also doesn't seem to be quite Yang-style, but something else? So in short, I would like to learn Tai Chi, but the only class that I have access to is not offering the things that attracted me in the first place (martial applications, emphasis on quality and mastery). I am not sure what to do. Should I stick with the mediocre (to me) learning that I am getting because it is not possible to learn without a teacher? Could I learn from books and videos, and maybe use the money I saved on classes to go to workshops outside of my local area? What would you do in my situation?