Founder: Yim Ving Tsun
Ving Tsun was developed by the Shaolin Abbess Ng Mui after the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 C.E.) fell to the Qing forces, and the Shaolin Temple was burned to the ground. Five monks fled the temple, each going their own way. Ng Mui sought refuge in the White Crane Temple. There she met a fifteen year old girl named Yim Ving Tsun who a bandit was attempting to force into marriage. Ng Mui developed Ving Tsun by studying a snake and a crane fighting, and modifying the kung fu she already knew. She taught Ving Tsun this new kung fu so she could defend herself against the bandit. A conflict took place where the bandit was seriously injured by Yim Ving Tsun.
From Yim Ving Tsun, the kung fu was passed on person to person until it was taught to a thirteen year old Yip Man by Chan Wah Shuen in the early Twentieth Century. Grandmaster Yip Man was the first Sifu to teach Ving Tsun openly. He had several students who later became world renowned martial arts teachers in their own right, including Bruce Lee.
In 1957, Grandmaster Moy Yat became one of Grandmaster Yip Man’s students. In 1967, Grandmaster Moy Yat became the youngest Sifu recognized by Yip Man at the age of 24. He moved to the United States in 1973, and opened his first U.S. school a year later, in New York City. He was very well known and respected as a Grand Master of Ving Tsun and also as a highly skilled calligrapher, painter, stone seal maker, and master of massage. He was a pioneer in the field of ear acupuncture, discovering and mapping new points on the back of the ear which are now being used by acupuncture doctors throughout the world.
Moy Tung: The Current Grandmaster
One of Grandmaster Moy Yat’s closest disciples is Master Moy Tung. Moy Tung began training in Ving Tsun in 1980 after ten years of martial arts training in other styles. In 1986, Moy Tung founded his first school in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Since Grandmaster Moy Yat’s passing in 2001, Moy Tung has been the Grand Master of our system of Ving Tsun. Today, Grandmaster Moy Tung has thousands of students, grandstudents and even great-grandstudents. We train the Moy Tung lineage.
Moy Yat Tung
Moy Yat Tung (Sifu Robert Squatritto), began his Ving Tsun training in Richmond while attending medical school. Like his Sifu Moy Tung, he was already a karate sensei when he became a student of kung fu. He left Richmond to study oncology in Iowa and opened a Ving Tsun school in Iowa City in 1993. As one of Moy Yat’s favorite grandstudents, Robert Squatrito was given the Chinese name Moy Yat Tung.
David Clay is the Sifu of Boston Kung Fu, located in the Allston section of Boston, MA. He started his training under Moy Yat Tung in Burlington, VT. His years of training included many workshops hosted by Grandmaster Moy Tung as well as by the late Grandmaster Moy Yat. In addition to his training travels, Sifu Clay would also spend hours each week practicing his kung fu in the forests of Vermont. He opened his first school in Burlington, VT, before moving to Boston where he currently lives & teaches.
David Bearce is the Sifu of Portland Kung Fu. He began his training in Burlington, Vermont under Sifu David Clay and continues to train with his Sifu in Boston, MA. He has also trained extensively with Moy Tung, the current grandmaster, in Richmond, VA and at workshops around the country. To this day he maintains his vigorous training program to further develop his kung fu.