Yip Man (Ip Man) is the iconic Grand Master of the Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Kung Fu system responsible for bringing this martial art to the public. Before Yip Man, Ving Tsun was essentially a secret style passed down from master to student for generations.
In his life Yip Man taught thousands of students in China and produced some of the most renown masters including Moy Yat, Wong Shun Leung, Chu Shong Tin, Mak Po, Moy Bing Wah, William Cheung, Leung Sheung, Ip Chin, Ip Chun and Bruce Lee.
Moy Yat was a fully sanctioned Sifu under Ip Man at 24 years old. After becoming a Sifu, Moy Yat continued his studies under Ip Man, studying his instruction method, for the next 10 years gaining an unprecedented insight into the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system. A Master of Masters, Moy Yat achieved a profound understanding of the Ving Tsun system and how to pass it on.
He moved to New York in 1974 and started teaching Ving Tsun in America. An accomplished artist and acupuncturist along side of being a Kung Fu Master, Moy Yat cultivated his daily life based on Kung Fu principles.
He created the SSA, Special Student Association and members of this organization are the Masters and Grand Masters that currently live and teach Ving Tsun Kung Fu all over the world.
Grand Master Moy Tung started training in 1980 under Moy Yat. From the beginning of his training his dedication to the Ving Tsun System was uncanny. Even though he resided in Philadelphia at the time, he would make the lengthy commute to NYC multiple times a week to learn from his Sifu Moy Yat.
In 1986 Moy Tung became a sanctioned Sifu under Moy Yat and opened his school in Richmond, VA. Moy Tung's intense and authentic presentation of the fighting art has always been a professional focus, and he has continued making Ving Tsun his career to this day.
At the recent 30 year anniversary of Kung Fu in Richmond you could see just how many people were influenced by Moy Tung and the people that learned from him. Over 200 participants, many of them masters and Sifus themselves, gathered from around the world to celebrate.
Moy Yat Tung
Moy Yat Tung is the senior student of Moy Tung. While getting his medical degree he opened a school in Iowa City that went on to produce some of powerful Kung Fu Sifus currently teaching around the country. His attention to detail and scientific break down of the Kung Fu system yielded great clarity in the teaching of the system.
Moy Yat Tung embraces Kung Fu principles in all of his endeavors. He is a successful surgeon, father to 3 active children at the same time as being a great grand teacher to over a dozen schools. He still finds time to record an album and play shows as a lead guitarist in his blues band.
Moy Yat Tung currently resides in Virginia Beach teaching the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system there and to his many students around the country.
Lung Yat Tung
Lung Yat Tung started his training in Iowa City under Moy Yat Tung. He moved to Detroit in 2000 where he continued his Kung Fu practice and put together a private workgroup.
As this group grew he became sanctioned as a Sifu in the lineage in 2002, and began taking students publicly in 2006 as the Detroit Kung Fu Academy opened it's doors in Eastern Market. He has succeeded a professional Sifu since then.
After becoming a Sifu he trained aggressively with his Sifu Moy Yat Tung and Grandmaster of the lineage Moy Tung, gaining great insight into the Ving Tsun system that he works to pass onto his students.
Lung Yat Tung has hosted Grand Master Moy Tung on trips to Hong Kong and mainland China, connecting the American martial art Masters to Southern Chinese history.
Detroit Kung Fu Academy has expanded and currently has 3 branches in Detroit metro area where Lung Yat Tung's students teach the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system.