The Legacy of Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak
In 1950, a young Ip Tai Tak, while taking a break from swimming at a public pool, noticed people doing tai chi in a nearby park. Shortly thereafter, he became a devoted student of Tung Ying Kit, a Disciple of the famous Master Yang Chen Fu.
Four years later, now an assistant instructor for Master Tung, Master Ip went to a martial arts demonstration in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong. There he saw a demonstration of the broadsword by Yang Sau Chung, fourth generation head of the Yang family, who had recently immigrated to Hong Kong from Mainland China.
Ip Tai Tak was so overwhelmed by Master Yang's skill that he spent the next weeks of his life seeking out Master Yang in the New Territories of Hong Kong. He was accepted as Master Yang's student in 1954, and as First Disciple in 1958.
Master Yang died in 1985. Master Ip was consumed by his tai chi practice. He remained a student and researcher of his art for the rest of his life. Only after retiring from government service in Hong Kong did he accept a handful of students into his home for instruction. Although he kept a low profile in Hong Kong, his masterful push hands skills became legendary.
He formerly accepted two Disciples to pass on his transmission. John Ding, of London, England; and Robert Boyd, of South Hero, Vermont, USA.
Master Ip passed away on April 25, 2004.