Learn about the Ving Tsun Kung Fu History



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.


Yip Man (Ip Man) is the iconic Grand Master of the Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Kung Fu system responsible for bringing this martial art to the public. Before Yip Man, Ving Tsun was mainly a secret style passed down from master to student for generations.

In his life, Yip Man taught thousands of students in China and produced some of the most renown masters including Moy Yat, Wong Shun Leung, Chu Shong Tin, Mak Po, Moy Bing Wah, William Cheung, Leung Sheung, Ip Ching, Ip Chun, and Bruce Lee.


Moy Yat was a fully sanctioned Sifu under Ip Man at 24 years old. After becoming a Sifu, Moy Yat continued his studies under Ip Man. He Studied his instruction method for the next 10 years gaining an unprecedented insight into the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system. A Master of Masters, Moy Yat achieved a profound understanding of the Ving Tsun system and how to pass it on.

He moved to New York in 1974 and started teaching Ving Tsun in America. An accomplished artist and acupuncturist alongside being a Kung Fu Master, Moy Yat cultivated his daily life based on Kung Fu principles.

He created the Special Student Association, and members of this organization are the Masters and Grand Masters that currently teach Ving Tsun Kung Fu all over the world.


Grand Master Moy Tung started training in 1980 under Moy Yat. From the beginning of his training his dedication to the Ving Tsun System was uncanny. Even though he resided in Philadelphia at the time, he would make the long commute to NYC multiple times a week to learn from his Sifu Moy Yat.

In 1986 Moy Tung became a sanctioned Sifu under Moy Yat and opened his school in Richmond, VA. Moy Tung's powerful and authentic presentation of the fighting art has always been a professional focus, and he has continued making Ving Tsun his career to this day.

At the recent 30th anniversary of Kung Fu in Richmond, you could see just how many people were influenced by Moy Tung and the people that learned from him. Over 200 participants, many of them masters and Sifus themselves, gathered from around the world to celebrate.


Moy Yat Tung is the senior student of Moy Tung. While getting his medical degree, he opened a school in Iowa City that went on to produce some powerful Kung Fu Sifus currently teaching around the country. His attention to detail and scientific break down of the Kung Fu system yielded great clarity in the teaching of the system.

Moy Yat Tung embraces Kung Fu principles in all of his endeavors. He is a successful surgeon, father to 3 active children at the same time as being a great grand teacher to over a dozen schools. He still finds time to record an album and play shows as a lead guitarist in his blues band.

Moy Yat Tung currently resides in Virginia Beach teaching the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system there and to his many students around the country.


Sigung Bryan Pierce has been training in the Moy Yat Ving Tsun System since 1997 under his Sifu, Master Robert “Moy Yat Tung” Squatrito.

His interest in martial arts started in 1985 when he began Tae Kwon Do, and later in college some Tai Chi, Ba Gua, and Hsing I. Sigung Bryan later joined his Sifu’s inner circle (ICC) and that of his Sigung, Grandmaster Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge (MY4).

In 2000 Sigung Bryan was certified as a Sifu by the late Grandmaster Moy Yat and GM Moy Tung. It wasn’t until 2004 that Sigung Bryan began taking on students in Iowa City, IA. In 2017 Sigung Bryan made the move to Boulder, CO and is currently taking new students and bringing this lineage of Ving Tsun to Boulder County.


Sifu Immanuel Raheim started training under Sifu Bryan Pierce in 2005 and is his Sifu’s senior student. He became a Sihing Instructor of the Iowa program in the late 2000s. After relocating to Colorado, he continued close training with his Sifu and assisted with the development of the Denver school as Sihing Instructor to a new generation of Denver students. He is an inner circle member under Grandmaster Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge (MY5) and has attended numerous national seminars. In 2021 Sifu Immanuel moved to Madison to share the Ving Tsun system.