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In the Moy Tung lineage of Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu, you know where your kung fu comes from. We train a complete system of kung fu, handed down through a known lineage of masters from its roots in the 17th Century Shaolin Temple. When you are in Sifu Tim Lee’s lineage of students, you have a connection to the source of the kung fu, Ving Tsun. You are also in the lineage of his sifu, Grandmaster Moy Tung, his sifu, Grandmaster Moy Yat and his sifu, Grandmaster Yip Man. Yip Man and Moy Yat are the venerable masters that brought Ving Tsun into the modern world (Yip Man in 1950’s Hong Kong) and (Moy Yat to the United States in 1973).
Anyone can have a certificate or plaque made, the only way to truly know if your learning from a qualified Sifu is if they have a formal seated photo standing behind the right shoulder of their Sifu. This is the traditional way that disciples are certified as a Sifu. Standing behind the left shoulder was reserved for family, close friends and important people. Traditionally, only a Sifu’s closest disciples and closed door students are honored with a seated photo with their Sifu, regular students would only be in group photos. When you train at the Moy Yat Kung Fu School of Waukesha, you know where your kung fu comes from and that you are learning the complete Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu System correctly from a certified Ving Tsun Sifu. A picture is worth a thousand words.
In Ving Tsun Kung Fu, the system is a teacher; we follow the system in our training, and it helps us refine our technique and understanding. Key details of Ving Tsun theory and the proper form for training techniques are taught and preserved in the Moy Tung lineage, along with numerous practical applications. For maximum effectiveness, Ving Tsun techniques must be trained in this way. The system has evolved and been refined through the centuries, but the principles for training and fighting have remained unchanged.
Here at the Moy Yat Kung Fu School of Waukesha, we have mutual respect for our classmates and instructors, and we share a common bond as we learn, train and work together to better ourselves and help those around us. We have no need for formalities such as bowing; true respect is shown in one’s dedication to training and the results one gets in showing decency and kindness to others and in taking care of those important to us. Classes are quiet, with no loud talking, and certainly no yelling. In class, in a fight or in life in general, it’s better to save one’s breath and energy.
Students are allowed to train and progress through the system at their own pace. Taking time to develop a strong foundation is a good way to practice and learn kung fu. Whether you want to train kung fu as a hobby, for self-defense or as a life-long journey, there is room for you at the Moy Yat Kung Fu School of Waukesha.
We have no need for belt-ranking systems. We have older and younger kung fu ‘brothers and sisters’ (sihings and si dai; classmates who started training before or after us), and people above or below us in the lineage of masters (such as your sifu, i.e. teacher, the father of your kung fu, so to speak), so there is organization, as well as understanding of one’s place in the kung fu family. This system of organization brings clarity, discipline and structure to Ving Tsun's unique system of two-person exercises. In each exercise there are distinct roles played by the sihing and sidai that maximize the productivity of training. As everyone is a sihing or sidai to someone else, everyone gets to practice both roles on a regular basis, working on the exercises from both perspectives.
One can also get a measure of one’s kung fu level by the form or two-person exercise being worked on in the system, and by the number of years training, but the true test of one’s kung fu is what we bring to our own personal development, the goals we set and beat, and how we deal with life’s challenges, including human opponents in physical confrontations. How much kung fu you have will determine the outcome.
We train to win real fights, which do not have set times and conditions, or any rules at all. Students learn to end confrontations quickly by injuring, disabling or knocking out attackers and even using deadly force if necessary. With Ving Tsun training, you may not need to use force to make peace, but knowing that you can if you need to, brings a relaxed self assurance.