Chan Wah Shuen
Also known as “Wah, the Money Changer”, Chan Wah Shuen was a direct student of Leung Tsun and a contemporary of Fung Wah and Leung Bik. Chan Wah Shuen was the Ving Tsun Grandmaster who passed the system down to the late Grandmaster Yip Man.
Grandmaster Yip Man
Yip Man is acknowledged as the man chiefly responsible for bringing Ving Tsun Kung Fu into the modern world, Grandmaster Yip Man was a disciple of Chan Wah Shuen. He grew up in the Fat Shan province of southern China, where he was able to train with his Sifu from a very young age. Grandmaster Yip brought the complete Ving Tsun System out of China when he immigrated to Hong Kong. There, his family eventually became most famous for the peerless level of his Kung Fu.
Grandmaster Yip Man and his teachings brought the world many famous students (the most famous probably being Bruce Lee). Grandmaster Yip Man trained many famous Kung Fu masters, including William Chung, Victor Kan, Yip Ching, and Yip Chung. One of his close personal students, and the youngest Ving Tsun Sifu under Grandmaster Yip Man, was Grandmaster Moy Yat. Grandmaster Yip Man died in 1972 at the age of 81.
Grandmaster Moy Yat
Born in ToiShan, in the province of Canton, Grandmaster Moy Yat moved to Hong Kong with his family in 1953. He began learning the Ving Tsun System in Hong Kong under Grandmaster Yip Man, who was chiefly responsible for Ving Tsun Kung Fu being brought into the modern world. At 24 years of age, Moy Yat became the youngest Ving Tsun Sifu under Grandmaster Yip Man.
After years of being a close student and frequent companion of his Sifu, Grandmastser Moy Yat came to the United States. He eventually established the Chinatown Headquarters in New York City where his son, Grandmaster William Moy continues to teach to this day. Grandmaster Moy Yat’s students and grandstudents number in the thousands and can be found throughout the world. Many are now Sifus in their own right. Among those fortunate enough to call themselves his direct students and grandstudents, there are a number who joined his inner circles of special students (the SSA for his direct students, including Grandmaster Moy Tung and the GSS for his grandstudents, including Sifu Moy Yat Tung).
Grandmaster Moy Yat was a master of the arts of calligraphy, painting, and seal-making. He was also recognized as an expert in massage and acupuncture. Grandmaster Moy was known the world over as a leading expert in the field of Ving Tsun Kung Fu and published several books on different aspects of the system. He maintained an active teaching and lecturing schedule until his passing in January, 2001. His students, grandstudents, and great-grandstudents continue to teach the system as he taught it.