One of Ip Man's closest disciples was Grandmaster Moy Yat, whom he was first introduced to in 1957.
For 15 years, Moy Yat kept a close relationship with Ip Man, living the "Kung Fu Life." It was at this time that he learned from Ip Man the principles and deeper aspects of Ving Tsun (also known as "Wing Chun"). Never far from Ip Man's side, Grandmaster Moy Yat eventually developed into one of his top disciples. In 1973 Grandmaster Moy Yat came to the United States where he began teaching kung fu in New York City. It was in Brooklyn where the seed of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu family was planted. Moy Yat would soon develop a loyal following of students, many of whom had sought him out to learn authentic kung fu. Just as Ip Man had done in Hong Kong, GrandMaster Moy Yat followed his sifu's example and used the same method to teach his own students. He instilled upon his students the importance of "Kung Fu Life," the use of the Ving Tsun principles in everyday life. He always said that Ving Tsun Kung Fu can best be learned outside the classroom. To his last days, Grandmaster Moy Yat lived his life very much in this way, spending his time living and teaching Ving Tsun through "Kung Fu Life."
PATRIARCH MOY YAT
The purposes of the International Moy Yat Ving Tsun Federation are:
To create mechanisms to safeguard Patriarch Moy Yat’s legacy
To ensure respect for the particular interpretation of the Ving Tsun System of each kung fu family, and all Members of the Moy Yat Lineage
To raise awareness at the local, national and international levels of the importance of the Ving Tsun System through Patriarch Moy Yat’s legacy
To safeguard the heritage of the Ving Tsun system through Patriarch Moy Yat’s legacy
WHAT WE DO
Internal programs, projects & activities
On the basis of proposals submitted by Members, and in accordance with criteria to be defined by the Board and approved by the Council, the Board shall periodically select and promote programs, projects and activities to assist with the Purposes of this Convention.
To this end, the Board shall receive, review and approve requests for assistance from Members for the preparation of such proposals.
The Board shall accompany the implementation of such projects, programs and activities by applying best practices using means to be determined by it.
Education, awareness-raising and capacity-building
IMYVTF shall also endeavor to engage communicating to the public about the dangers of threatening our heritage, promoting education for the protection of the memory that expresses Moy Yat Ving Tsun and in Safeguarding in particular through:
educational, awareness-raising and information programs, aimed at the general
specific educational and training programs within the communities and groups
capacity-building activities, in particular management and scientific research non-formal means of transmitting knowledge
Participation of communities, groups and individuals
Toward the goal of Safeguarding, the IMYVTF shall endeavor to ensure the widest possible participation of communities, groups and, where appropriate, individuals that create, maintain and transmit such heritage, and to involve them actively in its management.