About Tai Chi Ottawa
We are driven by a desire to build a supportive community of Yang Style Tai Chi and Lohan Qi Gong practitioners in the Ottawa area.
As such, our first priority is our students' safety. Our Instructor, Laird A. Trimble, is highly qualified and our programs can be easily adapted for people who are differently abled or have special needs.
Tai Chi Ottawa is truly "The Small School with the Big Heart".
Find out more about our classes and how we can best address your needs.
aird A. Trimble
Founder and Head Instructor
For Laird, Tai Chi began as two romances; one that involved a girl, and one that opened his heart to a new art and a new love. The story about the girl is, perhaps, for another time but the introduction to Tai Chi was just as lasting. Laird was captivated; driven to meet and study under his mentor, Master Sergio Arione, who would guide him in the art and mastery of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
A teacher to the core, Laird quickly realized that he wanted to share this art and mentor others. Laird began teaching classes in 2001, was awarded Certified Instructor status in 2007 and Academy Instructor status in early 2014 by the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. In the summer of 2016, Laird was granted the honour and rank of Gold Tiger by the Association. He also enjoys competition and has won several gold medals in both international and national Tai Chi Chuan tournaments.
After many years of practice in Qi Gong, in 2017 Laird was honoured to be accepted into the Chan family and became a disciple of Grand Master Chen Yong Fa the 5th generation keeper of Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and Lohan Qi Gong.
Laird enjoys helping a wide range of students discover the many benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, including classes for adults, seniors, war veterans, and individuals with special or different needs as well as on-site Corporate Instruction.
The joy of sharing Qi Gong and Tai Chi is the inspiration for Laird. The real motivation behind Tai Chi Ottawa is seeing people improve the quality of their lives quickly and significantly through these beautiful arts.