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Welcome to our web site.

As Grandmaster Ip’s Disciple, I am dedicated to practicing, preserving and passing on the snake style of Yang family tai chi chuan. The snake style was held exclusively within the Yang family for five generations until Master Ip gave me permission to teach it openly.

The snake style develops a powerful, flexible body and superior martial arts skills. More importantly, it offers the potential of a lifestyle free of physical and emotional stress. Peace-of-mind, robust health and longevity are its ultimate rewards.

Please enjoy your visit to our web site. Perhaps one day you will want to follow the way of the snake.

        Bob Boyd

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Welcome to Ip Family Tai Chi Chuan - the Snake Style

Grandmaster 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

Master 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).

Sincerely Yours,

Bao Tak Fai (Bob Boyd)

Introducing ISSA

I’d 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

Interest 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.

We are still looking for other potential locations in US and Europe as well.

You can check out the ISSA website at :
Our newly started forum can be found at:


Our 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. Also, we have an upcoming seminar this coming December.


I 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.

Warmest Regards

Bao Tak Fai (Bob Boyd)

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