Welcome to our gallery devoted to the many Sifus of Wing Chun Kuen. We have collected many photographs of these Sifus and are presenting them in this gallery. This area will be updated on a continous basis. If you have photos of a Wing Chun Sifu that you would like to contribute, please contact us.
Our newest addition is Eddie Chong of the Pan Nam system
Disciple of Yip Man, whose devotion to his Sifu's dream, led to the establishment of the VTM
Moy Yat : June 28, 1938 - January 23, 2001
On Jan 23, 2001 famed Wing Chun Grand Master and renowned painter/sculptor Moy Yat passed away in his home in Queens, New York. As is true of all great martial artists and philosophers, Moy Yat amassed legions of students and grand students, many themselves now Masters of Wing Chun Kung Fu, who will carry on the art of Wing Chun and the wisdom of Kung Fu life that he strove daily to preserve. Perhaps history will best remember him as the planter of the seed for the Ving Tsun Museum. The Museum itself was a dream Moy Yat's own teacher, Grand Master Yip Guy Man, expressed for 40 years. Moy Yat preserved that dream following Yip Man's death and sparked the fires that made it a reality 25 years later.
The world will miss the beauty of his artistic expressions and the wisdom of his words, but products of each will live on in the tens of thousands of Moy Yat family Wing Chun practitioners he produced. In terms of humanity's heritage, that is the greatest of all gifts to leave behind.
The life of Moy Yat
|6/28/38||Born in Toi Shan / Canton, China|
|1953||Moved to Hong Kong|
|1957||Started Ving Tsun training under Yip Man at Lee Chang Oak Chuen|
|1962||Became youngest Sifu recognized by Grand Master Yip Man at age 24|
|1963||Spent a year as a seaman, traveling around the world|
|1964||Married Helen Moy|
|1967||Founding committee member as well as graphic designer for the Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong|
|1969||Published Wing Chun Kung Fu - Chinese Self-Defence Methods by Rolf Clausnitzer and Greco Wong, the first student of Moy Yat. First English book published on Ving Tsun Kung Fu.|
|12/1972||Yip Man's funeral|
|9/1973||Moved to United States to join brother Moy-Yit-Dean|
|1974||Started first US school in NYC, NY Published 108 Muk Yan Jong by Moy Yat. This was the first book on Ving Tsun Kung Fu published in the United States by the Moy Yat family|
|1975||Published Kung Fu for young people - the Ving Tsun System.|
|1982||Published Ving Tsun Kuen Kuit by Moy Yat|
|1987||Produced the first of 30 instructional video tapes between 1987 and 2000.|
|1989||Published A Legend of Kung Fu Masters by Moy Yat|
|1990||Published Ving Tsun Trilogy by Moy Yat|
|1996||Published Voice of the Ving Tsun Kung Fu System by Moy Yat and Benny Meng|
|1997||60th Birthday Party and formation of Moy Yat Ving Tsun International Kung Fu retirement from formal teaching|
|1998||Opening of the Ving Tsun Museum Published Dummy - A tool for Kung Fu by Moy Yat|
|2000||Published Luk Dim Poon Kwan by Moy Yat
|1/23/2001||Died in New York City, NY, US|
Moy Yat is survived by his wife Helen Moy, daughters Vieven and Viva, and son William. William Moy is assuming the mantel of leadership in the Moy Yat International Ving Tsun Federation.
Throughout his life, Moy Yat received numerous awards and recognitions as a Master in both the Martial and Artistic communities. In his lifetime, Moy Yat produced numerous works of art in many media including stone, metal, watercolor, and oils. Some of his masterpieces include the Ving Tsun Chops and the BLUSH STROKES. His students today number in the 1000s with many great leaders and great fighters. Many students have won numerous titles from the days of Gong Sau in Hong Kong to today's modern Full-Contact sparring.
Yip Man with his disciple Moy Yat
Yip Man with his disciple Moy Yat
At Chinese New Year's celebrations.
Three generations of Wing Chun practitioners. Grand Master Moy Yat's students together with his Sifu, Yip Man.
Celebrating Chinese New Year's at Moy Yat's school.
Celebrating the anniversary of Yip Man's school.
At the funeral of Yip Man. Moy Yat was a member on the organizing committee for the funeral. Only direct students of Yip Man were allowed to wear the sash around the waist pictured here at the funeral.
Gung Fu Art: Works of a Grand Master: Some selected artwork from Grand Master Moy Yat.
Gung Fu Art: Works of a Grand Master
The late Grand Master of Wing Chun, Moy Yat, was a master artist, famous for the unique art style he created, "Blush Strokes". Below are examples of the different ways Grand Master Moy Yat used to express himself and his understanding of Wing Chun.
Water colors on rice paper
Another example of water colors
Ink on canvas
Oil on canvas
Another example of oil on canvas
Ink on porcelain
Stone carvings (Chops)
Moy Yat Family Tree
Sifu David Peterson, Sopor, and Sifu Benny Meng at the VTM
Sifu David Peterson, 45, has been training in the Chinese martial arts since 1973. He became a student of Sifu Wong Shun Leung after travelling to Hong Kong in 1983. Peterson is a speaker of both the Mandarin and Cantonese dialects, and principal instructor of the 'Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club' (MCMAC) which he established in 1983, and where he instructs in the "Wong Shun Leung Way".
Peterson is one of only two authorized and qualified instructors of Wong's system in Australia, and a fully endorsed member of the world-wide 'Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Martial Arts Association' and the Hong Kong-based 'Ving Tsun Athletic Association'. Peterson translated for his teacher whenever Sifu Wong conducted seminars in Australia, and in 1996 was employed as script translator on Jackie Chan's "Mr Nice Guy" which was shot on location in Melbourne. He is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in many local (Australian) and overseas journals, including "Combat", "Inside Kung-fu", "Black Belt", "Masters of the Martial Arts", "Impact: the Action Movie Magazine", "Eastern Heroes", "Australasian Fighting Arts", "Blitz Australasian Martial Arts Magazine", "Traditional Martial Arts Journal", "Impact Martial Arts Magazine", "Qi Magazine", "Australasian Martial Arts Magazine", "Martial Arts Illustrated", "Ging Ving Tsun", "Kicksider" and "Kung Fu Illustrierte". More recently, his articles have featured on several international Web sites in both the English and German languages. A respected seminar presenter of the Ving Tsun system, both in Australia and overseas, in 1998 Peterson was invited to America by Sifu Jesse Glover, the late Bruce Lee's original student. Last year he traveled there for the second time to conduct seminars and workshops at the 'Ving Tsun Museum' in Dayton, Ohio, and to an enthusiastic group of Ving Tsun and JKD enthusiasts in Orlando, Florida. On the strength of the great success of those two sojourns overseas, Peterson is about to embark on his third seminar tour to the States.
David Peterson's first workshop at the VTM
Peterson has recently published his first book on his teacher's methods, entitled 'Look Beyond the Pointing Finger: the Combat Philosophy of Wong Shun Leung'. Peterson can be contacted by mail at: PO Box 150, Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079, Australia; by telephone at: 0407-043-303 (International: +61-407-043-303); or by e-mail at: email@example.com Further information about his School can be found at: www.geocities.com/omidshayan/opening.html
Sifu David Peterson visiting the school of Sifu Miguel Hernandez of the Moy Yat family.
Ving Tsun socializing in New York: David Peterson, Sopor, Benny Meng, Victor Parlati, and Miguel Hernandez
David Peterson meeting Grand Master Moy Yat for the first time.
Farewell at the airport.
Curator of the Ving Tsun Museum
An internationally renowned martial artist, instructor and referee, Benny Meng has devoted his entire lifetime to the field of martial arts starting from age 10. He has been featured by national news and major martial arts publications as among the world's best martial artists. He has fought and won against some of the "world's best," both in the U.S. and in the Orient. Master Meng has also performed numerous international martial arts demonstrations nationally, astounding on-lookers with feats of concentration, speed, and special techniques!
Master Meng studied martial arts all over the Orient. He started his martial arts training in Hong Kong (1970-Judo). He began broadening his skills and knowledge with Tae Kwon Do training in 1974 under Grand Master Y.C. Kim (9th Dan, WTF) in the United States. Additional Tae Kwon Do training included Grand Master K. J. Park, former Head Judge at the Kuk Ki Won, the Korean Headquarters for Tae Kwon Do. He has enjoyed the privilege of studying under several famous Kung Fu Grand Masters from various styles. Beginning in 1981, Benny Meng embarked on an extended study of martial arts that took him to: Hong Kong (1981-Tai Chi Mantis & Ving Tsun) Mainland China (1983-Shaolin Temple and Sichuan Sports University), Korea (1985-Tae Kwon Do with the Korean National Team) and Taiwan (1985-Shaolin, Chi Kung).
Benny Meng began his Wing Chun Kung Fu training in Hong Kong in 1982 under the movie star Sifu Lee Hoi Sang, a student of Jiu Wan. Jiu Wan had completed training in the Wing Chun system through Chan Yiu Min in China prior to beginning his training with Yip Man. Chan Yiu Min was the son of Chan Wah Shun, the first teacher of Yip Man. Benny Meng's training under Lee Hoi Sang was interrupted after 1½ years of intense study by his return to the United States. He resumed full time training under Sifu Moy Yat in New York City in 1985. He officially started teaching Wing Chun in 1987.
In 1994, Benny Meng began another journey through the system with Sifu Moy Yat through private lessons. With Moy Yat's blessing, he began another journey through the system in 1995 via extensive private lessons with his Sibaak (kung fu uncle) Yip Ching. The Ving Tsun Museum, the Ving Tsun Athletic Association, and the Moy Yat International Ving Tsun Federation certified him as a Senior Instructor (7th Degree).
With the establishment of the Ving Tsun Museum project in 1993, Benny Meng's passion for Wing Chun research has been fueled at an ever-accelerating rate by his position as Curator. To broaden the knowledge of his original Wing Chun system, he sought further research and training from numerous lineages different from the Yip Man style. Benny Meng had the privilege of studying under Sifu Garrett Gee, inheritor of the Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun lineage in 1998. In the summer of 2000, Benny Meng became Sifu Gee's first disciple.
Master Meng's school is recognized worldwide, affiliated with the International Moy Yat Ving Tsun Federation (USA), the Ving Tsun Athletic Association (Hong Kong), the Fatsaan Jing Mo (China), the Wushu and Kuoshu Kung Fu Federations (USA), and the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (USTU).
- A principle founder and Curator of the Ving Tsun Museum in Dayton, Ohio
- 7th Level Senior Instructor, Ving Tsun Athletic Association, Hong Kong
- 7th Degree Kung fu Black Sash (IMYVTKF)
- 5th Degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt (WTF)
- Instructor in Chin Na and Tai Chi Chuan
- Noted Author of Books and Magazine Articles
- State and National Championships in Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do
- Outstanding Instructor and International Hall of Fame Awards
- National Director & Referee, WKF Wing Chun Competition Events
- A.S. Degree in Acupuncture
- Master Instructor for the Chinese Cultural Centers in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio
Master Benny Meng
The Meng's Martial Arts School System is different from other martial arts centers. It follows the establishment of local clubs in the Ohio area since 1978. After finishing the Ving Tsun system in New York under Moy Yat, he returned to Dayton, Ohio and opened his first school in 1987. In 1994 Meng's Martial Arts was chosen for the prestigious Top 200 Schools of North America award out of more than 15,000 contenders. Since that time, Meng's has grown to an integrated network of branches incorporating a complete system utilizing the purest form of authentic traditional martial arts and science teaching and development. Today, Meng's Martial Arts in one of only three schools in the world that offers the martial science of Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun. The results of Meng's teaching speak for themselves:
- National and State champions every year since opening in 1987
- School recognized by international publications and martial arts promoters as one of the largest and most successful school systems in North America (6 branch schools throughout the U.S. and over 50 affiliates around the world)
- School decorated by the City of Huber Heights 6 times for special achievement in the development of local youths
- School decorated by the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives
- Co-sponsor of annual Battle of Dayton
Benny Meng personally strives for quality, not quantity in his teaching. He aims to develop the "elite of the elite." Each student is encouraged to strive to develop the "Master" level and to reach the highest plateau of martial arts through personal dedication, knowledge, and patience. Training under Master Meng is a true learning experience for the young child to the senior citizen.
Sifu of Pan Nam Wing Chun
Sifu Eddie Chong is an internationally recognized martial artists & instructor. Sifu Chong operates from his Sacramento-based school and he has seventeen affiliated schools in eleven American cities and schools in three foreign countries (Singapore, Germany, and Mexico). Sifu Chong has been viewed by many prominent martial artists worldwide as a preeminent practitioner and instructor of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Sifu Chong has been involved with Wing Chun for approximately 30 years. He regularly conducts seminars in and outside the United States. Sifu Chong was born and raised in Singapore. He lived in Japan for two years and came to the United States in 1964 and the age 24. He trained several years in Taekwondo and was about to test for the black belt when he discovered the Wing Chun system. Sifu Chong was lithographer for 20 years and retired in 1989. Sifu Chong now dedicated his life and efforts to teaching and promoting Wing Chun.
Sifu Chong began Wing Chun training under the tutelage of Kenneth Chung, a disciple of Leung Sheung in 1968. Leung Sheung was Yip Man's first and most prized student. Later, Sifu Chong traveled to the province of Foshan, Chin, in order to study the history and roots of Wing Chun, to develop an in-depth understanding of the philosophy and concepts espoused by Wing Chun, and also to enhance his technical skills. Foshan is the birthplace of Wing Chun.
In Foshan, Sifu Chong met and was accepted by Pan Nam as one of his last closed-door students (meaning he was accepted as a private student after Master Pan Nam's retirement). Master Pan Nam is a direct descendant of Shaolin Kung Fu. While training at Foshan, Sifu Chong also met a Bak Mei (White Eyebrow) kung fu master whose style Sifu Chong felt complemented his Wing Chun. The Bak Mei master took Sifu Chong under his tutelage and trained him intensely from 1990-1996.
Today, Sifu Chong teaches the Leung Sheung and Pan Nam styles of Wing Chun, and also Bak Mei. Sifu Chong is fulfilling his lifelong desire to master all aspects of Chinese martial arts, including the health benefits of Qigong and meditation. Qigong channels the life energy to enhance the body's ability for self-healing and regeneration.
Sifu Chong has been the subject of feature articles in several martial arts magazines including Blackbelt Magazine (May 1982) and Inside Kung Fu (September 1985, December 1988, and a two-part article in the July and August 1993 issues). Sifu Chong has also been featured in newspapers in the cities where his schools are located. Wing Chun Kung Fu has gained popularity throughout the years because of the ever increasing crime rates that make such training attractive, but also due to the general popularity of marital arts in movies and on TV (the Kung Fu series), and because Wing Chun is Bruce Lee's original martial art.