We are a small group that share the interest of Internal Martial Arts:
Some of us have a background in Ki-Aikido. The head instructor Lasse Niklasson started practice Aikido 1992 and still practice. He has 4 Dan in both Ki-Aikido and Aikikai. He has practice Taiji several years. He has also practiced sevral other martial arts over the years. For example Wing Tsun, Wado Ryu Karate-do, Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu, Bagua.
We practice Taiji with the martial art aspect in back of our mind. Doing so the health benefits will come too. We believe this is better than leave the martial aspect out and only focus on the health part of Taiji.
We see a "Martial Art" as the art to handle a dangerous situation in a good safe way. Normally by neutralize and defuse the situation instead of escalate it, as "normal" fighting would do. Nobody have said this is easy, the opposite. Fighting is much easier. Non-fighting mind takes many years of correct training to achieve.
We believe that one do not "do" Taiji, one becomes Taiji (or any internal martial art). We slowly transform our body, mind and spirit to the Taiji being via correct practice. To be able to do this, it is quite hard train. The basic for many years is Standing Meditation practice (so called zhan zhuang). You will experience that you internal body slowly opens up, "melts", fills up etc. Problems like back pain etc will slowly disappear. Your mind will slowly be more calm and quiet.
We put lots of focus on Huang Sheng Shyan system as a direct doorway into the internal. We heavily focuses on developing song and ting and the total abandonment of external force or li.
Other studies Lars has gone is:
* Prana Dynamtics Master Program July - Dec 2021 (https://prana-dynamics.com/)
* Yan Shou Gong
Everyone with a kind heart is welcome to join the training.
Everybody practice according to his/her personal possibilites.