New class starting in Ottawa

by Brennan Toh on 2015/08/30

10541065_10153075243415369_4300548899028004126_oJohn Dahms and I will be opening a studio beginning September 1, 2015. We are located on the 3rd floor at 111A Rideau Street in Centretown by the Rideau Centre. Class schedules and pricing are to be determined. Let us know if you have an interest in participating in the classes either here, or through private messages. Look forward to seeing you all later!

Contact info: we can be reached at or

About Brennan Toh

Brennan Toh is a 20th generation practitioner of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method and disciple of Chen Zhonghua. He began learning Practical Method in China in 2011, and has returned to Daqingshan many times since. Located in Canada, Brennan has assisted as an instructor in workshops in Europe, Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

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James Tam August 31, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Congratulations to Brennan and John! Lucky for Ottawa to have two skilled, dedicated and keen Practical Method Taijiquan practitioners teach the system in a prominent location centretown.


Jeffrey Chua September 1, 2015 at 8:02 am

Congrats Brennan and John. All the best for your new studio!


John Dahms September 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all well!

Brennan and I have formalized our schedule and it is listed below. Formally classes will begin in October, however if you wish to begin beforehand let us know and we have that arranged.

We have created an email account specifically for the school so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions etc.

Please let us know which class/classes you may be interested in.

Thanks, and look forward to training with you!

Class Schedule Beginning October 1st 2015

Monday & Wednesday & Friday – 7PM to 830PM

Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Levels

Class Schedule
7:00PM – 7:10PM – Warm up & Stretching
7:10PM – 7:30PM – Basics Drills
7:30PM – 7:45PM – Chord Drills
7:45PM – 7:50PM – Short Break
7:50PM – 8:30PM – Yilu Work

Sunday – 2PM – 330PM *(Subject to change based on demand)

Push Hands drills and other application techniques

Push Hands practice


Charles August 28, 2017 at 10:19 am

I was interested in classes. Would like to know days, times and cost. I have other questions but would be simpler by phone. My cell 613-797-2222



James Tam August 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm


To ensure that John Dahms is aware of your query, I’ve copied and sent him your message by email. If you do not hear from him within a short time please let me know.

James Tam


Charles September 4, 2017 at 6:55 am

Goodday James,
Have not heard from John Dahms. Are you practicing this Tai Chi system? Or the Hunyuan style (or both)?How do they differ? I tried in the past to reach them but they seem to be very slow in replying (it takes a long time to hear from them.

Thanks for the latest reply,



James Tam September 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm


For John Dahm’s downtown studio, 111A Rideau Street, classes for students of all levels are on Sundays from 10am to 12 noon. You can try out a class (e.g., upcoming Sunday) before registering. John is an excellent instructor and the most skilled in Ottawa in the Practical Method.

Beginner and intermediate level classes are also available through the Ottawa Taichi Chuan Association (OTCA). For the OTCA classes at the Adult High School, 300 Rochester St, they are from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Saturdays but the new season doesn’t start till after the Open House and Registration, which is on Sat. Sept 16, 2017 at 9:30 am. Details and calendar are available at

For the Hunyuan style, check out the Fall programs at the Canterbury Community Association. Classes are Thursday evenings 6:30-7:45 pm.

James Tam


James Tam September 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

John Dahms’s classes are on Sundays 10 am – noon, (3rd floor) 111A Rideau Street. Students of all levels are welcome. John is an excellent instructor and is the most skilled in Ottawa.


Charles October 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

Goodday James,
How does one proceed to join your club on Saturday mornings ?
Unfortunately, John does not teach anymore on Sunday’s.



James Tam October 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Hi Charles,
Yes. Sorry to confirm that it was early October that I received notice that the studio where John was holding his classes was being closed.
Thank you for visiting the Taijiquan classes at the Adult High School, 300 Rochester St. As you are aware, the classes are from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Saturdays. You can download the registration and waiver form from the Ottawa Taichi Chuan Association’s (OTCA) website, Please bring the signed form and fees to the beginner’s class that is held at the lower gym where you had visited. Ming Tam is the instructor of the beginner’s class (contents include Basics, Foundations and the first hand form, called “Yilu”, that consists of 81 “postures”) and he would be able to direct you to an OTCA committee member to take care of your registration. [OTCA Registration Form]


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