On May 3-6 the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy, founded in 1986 by Grandmaster Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge, celebrated the anniversary with a 4-day weekend Ving Tsun training workshop. Over 90 people participated during the weekend’s events – thank you everyone for sharing your Kung Fu and good energy. Your contributions made this event great.
Sifus and students in the Moy Tung lineage came from the four Richmond schools – Headquarters, West End, Chesterfield and Southside – as well as from the three Texas and three Detroit schools, Roanoke, Portland, DC and Chicago. We were also joined this year by Moy Yat extended family – sifus Pete Pajil, Thornton Williams and JP Hayes, and over a dozen students, representing Moy Yat Kung Fu lineages in Florida and Pennsylvania.
In the Moy Tung clan, as handed down by Grandmaster Moy Yat, it’s taught that training is key to developing good Ving Tsun Kung Fu. The Ving Tsun system is a teacher; the best answer to most questions is more Siu Nim Tao. So training began each day at 10-11am with an hour of forms, followed by conditioning drills. Then the hands-on Chi Sao training began and continued until at least 10pm each day, with breaks for group meals at favorite local restaurants.
As happens every year, on Saturday night, one group of students continued Chi Sao after the four-hour Kung Fu family banquet. Then at 2am after hours of pool and drinks, a group went back to the Main Street school for more Chi Sao until 4am.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Moy Yat Kung Fu students in different lineages and generations, from schools all over the U.S., gathered, and worked on Chi Sao exercises and drills all day and into the night, exchanging Kung Fu culture and knowledge as a Kung Fu family of sifus and students, all brothers, uncles, nephews and cousins – and some hard training sisters.
Different Ving Tsun exercises and concepts were introduced by the sifus and instructors, and everybody trained together, sometimes broken down into smaller groups by generation or exercise circuit rotation. Sifus, some with decades of experience, wandered the rooms, sharing details and concepts with the training individuals and groups.
Cooperation was a theme this year that all of the sifus spoke on and demonstrated in application to Kung Fu life and Chi Sao. We are a Kung Fu family; we share an interest in and love of Moy Yat Kung Fu, and we develop a common bond though training – most of the year in different cities and under different sifus, but with one common source – Grandmaster Moy Yat – and training one system – Ving Tsun Kung Fu.
Chi Sao is not fighting, sparring, a game or a contest. Chi Sao is a cooperative exercise, with rules that improve its usefulness in training martial ability. In Moy Yat Ving Tsun Chi Sao training, there’s diamond-to-diamond pressure on the centerline, chest-thumping and horse-pushing, but not ego conflict – through relaxing, paying attention, learning and developing Kung Fu. Sihing or sidai, the one with more Kung Fu will control the centerline, as well as the friendly, family-oriented discussion of Kung Fu – with hands, mostly. As Grandmaster Moy Tung teaches, Chi Sao is the most amazing and essential Ving Tsun exercise after Siu Nim Tao.
As has been his custom for the past decade, Grandmaster Moy Tung, founder of the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy, was mostly content to let the MY3 sifus and seniors under him run the workshop for the regular students and inner circle. He knows the Ving Tsun system is being correctly passed on by the sifus under him, with the foundation he laid with his first 20 years of teaching.
This is the Ving Tsun system at work. In Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu, we hand down the authentic and complete system, unchanged by our own ideas (Ving Tsun Chuen Jing Tung), teaching pure Ving Tsun from the heart (Saam Faat). The centerline and other Ving Tsun principles are the same and as good for human beings today as the day they were discovered. The Ving Tsun system is both ancient and advanced.
At this stage in his teaching career, Grandmaster Moy Tung has three generations of sifus in his lineage, all teaching Moy Yat and Moy Tung Ving Tsun Kung Fu. There are nearly 30 branch locations around the U.S. and Spain. Moy Tung always spends private and personal time during workshops with visiting sifus and seniors, sharing Kung Fu life, as well as Ving Tsun information they in turn will pass on to their own students or classmates.
On all of the four workshop days, Moy Tung spent some hours with the general workshop students, sharing Moy Yat Ving Tsun exercise methods and details for the groups to work on. A highlight of the workshop was the group Siu Nim Tao he led at the close of the day’s training session on Saturday. On Sunday, he spoke at length to the training group, touching on a variety of Kung Fu subjects while demonstrating Ving Tsun wisdom, details, form, energy and technique.
Ever the charming host, during the meals and hang-out times Moy Tung would go around the room, catching up with with his Kung Fu brothers and old students, as well as meeting and chatting with his many grandstudents, great-grandstudents, and great-great-grandstudents. He stayed out late with his Kung Fu family every night of the workshop, celebrating Moy Yat Kung Fu life with everyone.
Monday night was the official close of the workshop training, but the Kung Fu continues to grow and develop. Moy Yat Ving Tsun goes home with everyone who participated, and gets shared in training halls all over the U.S. Moy Tung workshops for his branch schools are a regular occurrence in many different cities during the course of a year.
Wa Ha Jun Hung Fun – Ving Tsun Kung Fu is for making the whole nation strong.