Welcome to Ip Family Tai Chi Chuan - the Snake Style
Ip Tai Tak was taken as Master Yang’s male heir and adopted son
(Disciple) in 1958. He was then taught the Yang Family’s Snake System
and became Master Yang’s practice partner for the next 28 years
Ip told me that Yang Chen Fu taught the snake style only to his eldest
son, Yang Sau Chung, and that Yang Sau Chung passed on this system only
to him. Master Ip taught me snake style system after I became his
Disciple in 2001.
Master Ip was an innovator, adding
exercises, drills and martial variations to the body of knowledge
passed on to him by his Master. He researched many different martial
systems and worked with his Master to develop a more complete system of
Zhan Zhong. Master Yang also gave Master Ip permission to personalize
the Yang Family Long Boxing and weapons forms to suit Master Ip’s
martial interests and beliefs.
Before his death,
Master Ip gave me permission to teach his Snake Style openly and
encouraged me to pass on this teaching throughout the world. This has
become my mission as his Disciple.
In honor of his
legacy, and to distinguish this system from all other Yang teaching
methodologies, I am proud to announce the formation of Ip Family Tai Chi Chuan (from the Snake Style of the Yang Family).
Bao Tak Fai (Bob Boyd)
like to formally announce the formation of the International Snake
Style Association, headquartered at the Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute,
Inc., 100 Church Street, Burlington, VT USA 05401
in Master Ip’s tai chi and the snake style system is growing
exponentially throughout Europe, the US and Canada. Therefore I feel it
is incumbent on me to offer a platform of instruction and a curriculum
for instructors that will unite all teachers and schools in
standardizing and promoting Master Ip’s tai chi and the snake style
system throughout the world.
Efforts are under way
to develop an internet video instructional series (along with an
internet forum to support the video instruction) that will take a step
by step approach to understanding and applying the snake style method.
This will be offered to students of affiliated snake style schools.So far, our partner in Canada, MikeStewart.ca,
has generously offered one of their properties to be used as
headquarters in teaching tai chi. We are still looking for other
potential locations in US and Europe as well.
You can check out the ISSA website at : www.snake-style.org
Our newly started forum can be found at: http://issaforum.snake-style.org
seminar in Germany was a great success! We are proud to welcome several
new schools to our snake style network. Please take note of our
affiliate schools on our links page.
would like to personally wish all of our tai chi brothers and sisters
Happy Holidays! In spring 2018 I will be making an important
announcement regarding the Snake Style and Master Ip’s tai chi. Be sure
to visit our site after the New Year.
Bao Tak Fai (Bob Boyd)