Moy Yat

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Moy Yat (梅逸) (June 28, 1938 - January 23, 2001) was a Chinese martial artist, painter, seal maker, teacher and author. He was a student of the legendary Ving Tsun Kung-Fu teacher Yip Man [1][2][3] (also romanized as Ip Man) from 1957 until Yip Man’s death in 1972.[4] Moy Yat is survived by his wife, Helen and his children Vieven, William and Viva.[5]

Teaching[edit]

Moy Yat was a teacher of the Ving Tsun ( 詠春, also romanized as Wing Chun or Wing Tsun) style of Kung-Fu.[6][7][8][9] He began teaching in Hong Kong, in 1962, at the direction of his Sifu (teacher), Yip Man. After Yip Man's death, Moy Yat moved to New York City and began teaching there until he retired from teaching at age 60. According to Inside Kung-Fu Magazine, he was "...considered among the greatest martial arts teachers of all time."[10]

Published work[edit]

Moy Yat was the author of six books: 108 Muk Yan Jong;[11] Ving Tsun Kuen Kuit;[12] A Legend of Kung Fu Masters;[13] Dummy: A Tool for Kung Fu;[14] Ving Tsun Trilogy;[15] and Luk Dim Poon Kwan.[16] Ving Tsun Kuen Kuit includes prints of Moy Yat’s famous stone carvings of the history, lineage, and major principles of the Ving Tsun style of Kung-Fu.[17]

International Recognition[edit]

After Moy Yat's death in 2001, William Cheung, Grandmaster of his own “Traditional Wing Chun” organization said: “The death of Moy Yat is a great loss not only to the martial art of Ving Tsun, but also to the world. He was a very learned man, a good painter, poet, artist and a gentleman. This is a great loss to Chinese culture.” [18] In recognition of the 2008 Olympic Games, and the Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008, both held in the Peoples Republic of China, the Chinese Government issued a series of commemorative postage stamps and a collectors album, Chinese Wushu Treasure Stamps Album, in a Limited edition of 7200 copies. The album features the greatest Wu Shu (martial art) practitioners of all time, including Moy Yat.[19]

Senior students[edit]

Out of the thousands of students he taught throughout his career, Moy Yat named his five senior students in his last published work, Luk Dim Poon Kwan : “Jeffrey Chan, Sunny Tang, Henry Moy, Lee Moy Shan, and Micky Chan.” [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Genealogy of the Ving Tsun Family (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Ving Tsun Athletic Association, 1990)
  2. ^ Ip Ching, Ip Man: Portrait of a Kung Fu Master (Springville, UT: King Dragon Press, 2001)
  3. ^ Ip Man Ving Tsun 50th Anniversary Journal (Hong Kong: Ving Tsun Athletic Association Limited, 2005)
  4. ^ Robert Dreeben, Moy Yat: Ving Tsun's Greatest Export, (Inside Kung-Fu, June 2001)
  5. ^ Moy Yat, Luk Dim Poon Kwan (New York: Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu, 2000)
  6. ^ Robert Dreeben, Moy Yat: Ving Tsun's Greatest Export, (Inside Kung-Fu, June 2001)
  7. ^ Genealogy of the Ving Tsun Family (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Ving Tsun Athletic Association, 1990)
  8. ^ Robert Chu, Complete Wing Chun: The Definitive Guide to Wing Chun's History and Traditions (North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle, 1998)
  9. ^ Wayne Belonoha, The Wing Chun Compendium Volume 2 (Berkley, CA: Blue Snake Books, 2009)
  10. ^ Robert Dreeben, Moy Yat: Ving Tsun's Greatest Export, (Inside Kung-Fu, June 2001)
  11. ^ Moy Yat, 108 Muk Yan Jong (Hong Kong: Tak Shing Printing Co, 1974)
  12. ^ Moy Yat, Ving Tsun Kuen Kuit (Tallahassee: 14 Publishing Co., Inc., 1982)
  13. ^ Moy Yat, A Legend of Kung Fu Masters(New York: Loyal Publications, 1989)
  14. ^ Moy Yat, Dummy: A Tool for Kung Fu(New York: Vedova, 1998)
  15. ^ Moy Yat, "Ving Tsun trilogy" (New York: Winners Sports, 1990)
  16. ^ Moy Yat, Luk Dim Poon Kwan (New York: Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu, 2000)
  17. ^ Moy Yat, Ving Tsun Kuen Kuit (Tallahassee: 14 Publishing Co., Inc., 1982)
  18. ^ Robert Dreeben, Moy Yat: Ving Tsun's Greatest Export, (Inside Kung-Fu, June 2001)
  19. ^ Guan Wenming, Chinese Wushu Treasure Stamps Album (Beijing: China National Philatelic Corporation, 2008)
  20. ^ Moy Yat, Luk Dim Poon Kwan (New York: Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu, 2000)

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