I have from the begining wished to pursue the art not just for its other benefits but also for its martial application. However few if any teachers seem to instruct in this manner. I knew one that really wanted to, as this is how he was trained, but he couldn’t find any other students who would pursue it for this reason and had no choice but to teach only the form and some push hands to the elderly for health purposes. Why did we drop the martial aspect from Tai Chi while other arts still retain their martial status??