According to ancient legends, the roots of the Ving Tsun system are in the late 17th-early 18th Century Southern Shaolin Temple. A group of Kung Fu masters remembered as the Venerable Five pooled their knowledge of Kung Fu, and were training the Southern Han Chinese to fight against the Northern Manchu invasion and occupation of Southern China. The Temple was betrayed and burned, and the Venerable Five went their separate ways.
The Buddhist Nun Ng Mui then was at White Crane Temple, and became friends with a local merchant and his daughter, Yim Ving Tsun (Beautiful Springtime). Ng Mui taught her kung fu so she could defend herself from a bully who wanted to force her to marry him, even though she was in love with and betrothed to another; Leung Bok Toa.
It’s said Ving Tsun beat the bully after training a short time, and in defeating a larger, stronger opponent, personified the system. She married Leung Bok Toa, and passed her kung fu on to him and others. The system became known as Ving Tsun (wing chun) Kung Fu, and it has been handed down through the ages, from teacher to student. An important lesson from the legend for us today is that, with training, size and strength can be overcome by technique and relaxed power.
MODERN ERA KUNG FU
Ving Tsun Kung Fu was made famous in the modern Western era by Yip Man (Ip Man), who was the first to teach Ving Tsun publicly, in 1950’s Hong Kong. Yip Man taught thousands, and today students in his lineage are teaching all over the world. Among Yip Man’s many students were the famous Bruce Lee, and the late Grandmaster Moy Yat, one of Yip Man’s most dedicated disciples.
Moy Yat spent fifteen years with Yip Man, from 1958 until Yip Man passed in 1973, and at age 24, he became the youngest Sifu in Hong Kong. In 1973, Moy Yat moved to New York city and opened his Kung Fu school in Chinatown. Today, thousands all over the world practice Moy Yat Kung Fu.
One of Moy Yat’s own closest disciples is Grandmaster Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge, who began training under Moy Yat in 1980, before founding the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy in 1986. Grandmaster Moy Tung maintained a close relationship with his sifu, Grandmaster Moy Yat, until his passing in 2001, hosting him for workshops with his students in Richmond, Va, and making many trips to NYC, often bringing students with him. Today, there are well over 20 branches in 3 generations teaching in Moy Tung’s Kung Fu lineage, and thousands have learned his Kung Fu over more than three decades of his teaching.
A list of official Moy Yat SSA and Moy Tung MTAA lineage schools can be found on the Moy Tung Athletic Association website at kungfuhq.com
KUNG FU FXBG
Sifu Erik Larson founded KUNG FU FXBG in 2019 to bring Moy Tung Ving Tsun Kung Fu to to the community in Fredericksburg and the Rappahannock region. He’s been a student of Grandmaster Moy Tung at the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy since 1991. Larson teaches the Ving Tsun system the way he learned it from his sifu, Moy Tung.
Erik Larson is a member of Grandmaster Moy Tung’s MY3 Association for personal students, as well as the Moy Tung Athletic Association (MTAA) of branch schools. He has served as an instructor under Grandmaster Moy Tung for over a decade, and is an administrator for the MTAA.
Sifu Larson teaches Ving Tsun Kung Fu to group classes at 2011 Princess Anne St #202, Fredericksburg, VA 20411. He’s also available for private lessons and group workshops, at the school or your location.
A 10% discount is offered on regular tuition for students, teachers, mil/vets, police/fire/rescue, certain health pros & community non-profits. Free workshops for same at your location, for groups of ten or more.