According to legend, the origins of the Ving Tsun system are in the late 16th Century Southern Shaolin Temple with the Venerable Five Masters. The Buddhist Nun Ng Mui taught kung fu to Yim Ving Tsun (Beautiful Springtime), so she could defend herself from a bully, which she did. In defeating a larger, stronger opponent, Ving Tsun personified the system. She passed her kung fu on to others, and the system became known for her. See the website of Grandmaster Moy Tung’s Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy for more info on Moy Tung Ving Tsun Kung Fu lineage and history.
Ving Tsun was first made famous in the modern Western era by Yip Man (Ip Man), who was the first to teach Ving Tsun publicly, in the 1950’s in Hong Kong. Among his students were the famous Bruce Lee, and the late Grandmaster Moy Yat, one of Yip Man’s most dedicated students. A list of official Moy Yat SSA and Moy Tung MTAA lineage schools is at kungfuhq.com. One of Moy Yat’s closest disciples is Grandmaster Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge, who began training under him in 1980, before founding the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy in 1986. Today, there are well over 20 branches in 3 generations teaching in Moy Tung’s lineage.
Erik Larson has been a student of Moy Tung since 1991, in the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy. He is a member of the MY3 Association and the Moy Tung Athletic Association, and has served as an instructor under Grandmaster Moy Tung for many years. Sifu Larson founded Kung Fu NoVa in 2019 to share authentic Ving Tsun Kung Fu training with the Northern Virginia community. He is available for private lessons for individuals and groups – Click to schedule an intro lesson now.