Hello, I've been a lurker on here for a long time. I've read a lot of interesting and funny posts on here. I've come to a crossroad and wanted to here some opinions. I've been doing Chen Xiaojia for a year now and I am not sure if i should continue. Prior to this I've done some Qigong and Yang style for a short amount of time. My thought process behind doing Chen was for a compounded purpose of Martial Arts training and Health/Meditation. We practice the form and applications of of the form. The applications are choreographed. We do not practice Tui Shou, except for maybe in a workshop setting. Basically, we practice empty hand forms and weapons forms. I believe that for a Martial Art to be applicable to real life, one must practice it in real life scenarios. This means sparring with different opponents in a non-choreographed setting. Practicing different techniques with opponents and training on a punching bag/dummy. In regards to the health aspect, I am not sure if what i am practicing is optimal for health. My knees hurt at times from the low stances. I think there are too many sudden postures to keep a constant fluidity and steady uninterrupted breathing. I think Qigong might be better for the moving meditation/relaxation, or even just doing Zhan Zhuang. My thoughts are to try either Wing Chun (depending on how its taught and practiced), Mauy Thai or Kickboxing. I like the idea of kicking, but the kicking we do is specifically practiced for rooting purposes and generating power rather than application of the actual kick. Then do Qigong/Yoga for the 'internal' health aspect. With all said above, I probably have a lot of ignorance being a beginner. It's only meant to express my opinion on Tai Chi and generate feedback to help me make a decision. Thanks!