Chris Wiedmann

Tai chi / Tues, Thurs 9am

Mr. Wiedmann has been practicing the martial arts for thirty six years in the Santa Barbara area and has operated his own school, The Wu Shu Studio, since 1979.
Mr. Wiedmann is ranked 7th degree black belt in the Kenpo Karate system and will bring to bare the martial the martial implication concealed within the graceful soft movements of the Tai Chi form. This correlation gives you reference points and helps to memorize the form, it also adds to the feeling of healthy, compassionate confidence, and empowerment one feels from consistant practice. Mr. Wiedmann will also share his personal “feel” for the art, and eclectic philosophies from his years of practice, study, experience, and teaching.

Currently Mr. Wiedmann teaches at Tai Chi at The Wu Shu ( martial arts ) Studio, Montessori Center School, and the Santa Barbara Athletic Club. My Unique teaching style iss very user friendly and encouraging with lots of friendly guidance and communication.

Tai Chi Ch’uan (Grand Ultimate Fist) In this introduction to Tai Chi, we will explore the basic beginning movements, stances. foot work, and positions.
We will warm up with related Chi Gong (energy work), exercises, some Yoga, and stretches. This will allow us to develop a strong energetic foundation for more advanced progression into our Tai Chi form. Tai Chi is a moving meditation; it is an excellent compliment to seated meditation and Yoga. Tai Chi is the soft end of the spectrum of Kung Fu (hard work) training. It’s focus is on internal strength or Chi (life force) cultivation. Tai Chi is also considered a martial art, as the movements all relate to self defense techniques.

Tai Chi is practiced for its’s health benefits including balance, sensitivity, relaxation, circulation, calming stress reduction effects, mindfulness, propreoception, and graceful flowing harmonious movement with nature.
When I ask students over the years why they practice Tai Chi they always say the same thing; “because it feels good!”