Hi there, Northstar.
Welcome to the board; nice to meet you.
Okay, here's my background.
I only recently moved to Chinese styles. My first contact with martial arts was through capoeira, then I swapped it for jujutsu (that's when I joined the forum two years ago, hence the Japanese sounding pseudonym), and at last Chinese MA, not quite two years ago.
My instructor teaches 6 classes a week if I remember right: taijiquan for beginners, advanced taijiquan, qigong, competition wushu, traditional gongfu, and sanda. My schedule only allows me to attend the traditional gongfu class. The instructor usually teaches a new taolu every month, switching styles frequently, the students being left free to stick to whatever style they like if they find one they particularly enjoy (I personally keep following the general teaching, for the moment, since I want to try as many styles as possible before making up my choice). My instructor, probably the best in France, is Chinese-Vietnamese, and is a State-certified instructor in over 30 different styles, with both Chinese and French certificates. His base arts, with which he is clearly more proficient, are Chen-shi taiji-quan, wing-chun anf Hung-gar. So far, I've had the chance to have a brief taste of: Shaolin-quan, qixingtanglang-quan ("7 star mantis", or "Big Dipper mantis"), bagua-zhang, baji-quan, tongbei-quan, plus a staff form.
Three months ago, I moved to Beijing to try and improve both my Chinese and my gongfu. Unfortunately, the job I do here for a living takes pretty much all my time so that I've been without instruction for the while, and my personnal training has had a nasty tendency to decrease over time. As a result, my gongfu not only hasn't improved, but has got worse.
I intend to change job soon, so as to be able to give MA my priority again.
From the few posts I've already read from you, you definitely seem to know your stuff.
Looking forward to read more from you.
Once again, welcome among us!