VING TSUN
(Wing Chun) Kung Fu​​​​

 Ving Tsun is a martial art developed in Southern China approximately 300 years ago by a Shaolin nun, Ng Mui. Ng Mui had to leave her Shaolin temple because the Manchu government feared it was a center for rebellion. She fled to the southern province of Kwantung, where she met her first student, a woman named Yim Ving Tsun. Ng Mui named the new system after Ving Tsun to honor her. Ving Tsun was a well guarded secret that was passed down only to a few dedicated followers from generation to generation. Eventually, Ving Tsun was passed down to Grandmaster Ip Man, who is considered the Grandmaster of modern Ving Tsun. In 1949, Yip Man brought the style to Hong Kong and through his disciples. 

Yip Man (1893-1972) was the first person to teach Ving Tsun openly and to the general public, in 1950's Hong Kong, where his students and grand students quickly became known as the best fighters in street contests. Yip Man taught Bruce Lee, and the man whose name our school bears, the late Moy Yat, one of Yip Man's closest disciples for 15 years. He was such an influential leader that several feature films have been made about his life, including some released in the United States.

Grandmaster Moy Yat (1938-2001) is remembered and respected as one of the most skilled and influential Ving Tsun sifus (teachers). Teaching Ving Tsun Kung Fu was his life, but he was a man with many interests and talents. He was a master acupuncturist, and a pioneer of acupuncture of the ear. He was also a prolific artist, including carving a set of Ving Tsun sayings in stone, the Kuen Kuet. He published several books, and produced and directed over 30 videos. He taught many in Hong Kong and New York to be sifus, teachers of authentic Ving Tsun Kung Fu, including Anthony 'Moy Tung' Dandridge.

Grandmaster Moy Tung began training under Moy Yat in 1980 and remained one of his closest disciples until Moy Yat's passing in 2001. During his first years of training at the Chinatown School in New York City, Moy Tung commuted from Philadelphia. After a very short time training, he was pleased and amazed to find the incredible power available in even the most basic of the Ving Tsun techniques he had learned. He noticed that sparring partners who had previously been formidable opponents could now be bested easily. Moy Tung realized that such a powerful system deserved and required his complete dedication. He became a student in the truest sense of the word, looking at this new martial art as a beginner despite his vast previous experiences in other martial arts. Within three years Moy Tung embraced the training of Ving Tsun Kung Fu as a full-time commitment, becoming a member of Grandmaster Moy Yat's Special Student Association (SSA).

Two of Moy Tung’s first six years of training were spent living with his Sifu as a close personal student, a practice carried out only by certain members of the SSA. During this time he also maintained a residence in Philadelphia so as to be able to give his Sifu space and privacy when necessary. However, he spent the entire time living the Kung Fu life: training constantly and intensely, and being a devoted student and constant companion to his Sifu. This was a period of great personal effort and sacrifice on the part of Moy Tung. He made it a cornerstone of his training to spend as much time with his Sifu as possible while always being able to support himself and to take care of business and personal matters for his Sifu. 

Moy Tung founded the Richmond, VA Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy in 1986 after six years of Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu training, teaching the system the same way it was passed on to him. He regularly brought Grandmaster Moy Yat to Richmond for seminars, in addition to making frequent training trips to New York City, often taking students with him to give them full exposure to kung fu training and life.

 Ving Tsun is known for its use of centerline theory to create techniques which are simple, direct and efficient. It efficiently uses timing, precision, and good body structure to allow a smaller person to catch and control a bigger, stronger attacker’s force. Ving Tsun emphasizes a reality-based, self-defense oriented approach to martial training. It does not give you exact situational help but rather teaches a set of principles which the student can interpret and apply as the situation demands – the possibilities are limited only by one’s creativity.