I do seven styles. Yep seven. The progress is kinda slow, as you have to learn seven different techniques. But each one has it's proper place. Wood is strikes and trapping, earth is locks and breaks (like arm breaks, think grappling) fire is kicks, water is breakin out of locks and breaks and grappling, air is dodging, void is formless (think JKD), metal is blocking. Each element is one whole style. As far as not bieng able to do MA's I would still give it a try there is only one way to fiond out if you can do something and that is to do it.