Re: Still On The Fence
Always ask yourself "why do you want to do a martial art?" If you want to learn how to defend yourself on the street take up kickboxing, or boxing, or MMA. There is a real good reason you do not see Aikido masters, Kung Fu masters, or Tai Chi masters stepping into the ring with these people.
Aikido, Tai Chi, and many forms of Kung Fu are very introverted and less "street" orientated.
As for blocking rapid fire punches - I give you 100% certainty that if I was stand within arms reach of your Sifu I could punch him in the face with a snap punch before he could block it. Remember "action is always faster then reaction." The only way they can block these punches is because they are both "playing the same game."
Good luck, and don't fall for the mystical bull%^& that comes from some clueless instructors.