GrandMaster Moy Yat

  One of Yip Man's closest disciples was GrandMaster Moy Yat, whom he was first introduced to in 1957.  For 15 years, Moy Yat kept a close relationship with Yip Man, living the "Kung Fu Life." It was at this time that he learned from Yip Man the principles and deeper aspects of Ving Tsun. Never far from Yip Man's side, Grand Master Moy Yat eventually developed into one of his top disciples. In 1973 Grand Master Moy Yat came to the United States where he began teaching kung fu in New York City. It was in Brooklyn where the seed of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu family was planted. Moy Yat would soon develop a loyal following of students, many of whom had sought him out to learn authentic kung fu. Just as Yip Man had done in Hong Kong, GrandMaster Moy Yat followed his sifu's example and used the same method to teach his own students. He instilled upon his students the importance of "Kung Fu Life," the use of the Ving Tsun principles in everyday life. He always said that Ving Tsun Kung Fu can best be learned outside the classroom. This is how Ving Tsun, as taught to Yip Man, is learned. To his last days, Grand Master Moy Yat lived his life very much in this way, spending his time living and teaching Ving Tsun through "Kung Fu Life." Grand Master Moy Yat is still well respected in the community, as a kung fu teacher and as an accomplished artist. His paintings, calligraphy and stone carvings can be seen throughout his Chinatown school, as well as in art shows which were held regularly in the city. Grand Master Moy Yat retired from teaching physical kung fu on his 60th Birthday, but continued to teach the principles of Kung Fu through "Kung Fu Life," as well as teaching art and massage up until his passing.  The Moy Yat Kung Fu Family is quite extensive, with students throughout the world spreading the art of Ving Tsun.  His disciples are teaching Ving Tsun in their own schools throughout the United States and around the world, with schools as far reaching as Canada, Brazil, and Mexico.

Ving Tsun Concept

One day as Yip Man and two of his disciples, Lee Ving and Moy Yat, were walking to the Tea House as they did each day, an illegal street vendor selling ink remover approached the three and intentionally splattered ink on Yip Man's clothing. Then, seeing a policeman approaching, the Hawker (as they were called) tried to run away. Before he could escape, he was grabbed by Lee Ving, who was very upset by what this man had done to his sifu. Without incident, Yip Man and Moy Yat continued on to the Tea House, because during the commotion Yip Man had noticed MoyYat grab a bottle of the ink remover and slip it into his pocket. The most simple and direct thing to do was to go to the Tea House as they had planned to do in the first place and take care of the stained clothing in private. Anything else would have been excessive. A confrontation with the Hawker surely would have accomplished nothing except to sidetrack Yip Man from his original intent. Yip Man applied his knowledge of ving tsun principles to resolve this situation in the best way possible. Moy Yat lived the kung-fu life with Yip Man for 15 years, developing into one of his top disciples. At the age of 24, he became the youngest sifu trained by Yip Man. During the last five years of Yip Man's life, Moy Yat was responsible for taking care of much at the school, such as organizing important events like Yip Man's birthday and the annual Ving Tsun Athletic Association meeting. Even the physical appearance of Yip Man's school was, and still is, largely due to Moy Yat's artistic talents. His presence is still felt there; much of his artwork still hangs on the walls of the Association building.

  Moy Yat still follows the examples that Yip Man set and to this day utilizes the same methods to teach his own disciples and students. By using the ving tsun principles in his everyday life, Moy Yat teaches them indirectly (kung-fu life.) Those students who spend more than just classroom time with him benefit most because they live their ving tsun. This is how authentic ving tsun, as Yip, Man taught it, is learned. Moy Yat lives his life this way, spending his days living and teaching ving tsun through kung-fu life, never drawing unnecessary attention to himself or those around him. He was once even called the "ving tsun recluse" because he tends to shun publicity rather than seek it.


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