The Ving Tsun Kung Fu system is an authentic and traditional martial art that is known for its efficiency and economy of motion. A Shaolin nun named Ng Mui developed the system approximately 400 years ago. Using her expertise in Shaolin kung fu, she combined the best techniques available and redefined them into an efficient new kung fu system. The goal of her system was to utilize the most economical physical movements to achieve maximum effectiveness while minimizing the amount of training time necessary to develop combat readiness.
Ng Mui named the system after her first student, a girl named Yim Ving Tsun. Yim Ving Tsun refined what she had learned and divided the system into Siu Nim Tao, Chum Kui, Biu Je, Muk Yan Jong, Luk Dim Poon Kwan, and Bot Jom Doa. She taught the system to her husband, an actor named Leung Pok Toa. Together the two spread Ving Tsun to a carefully chosen few while traveling throughout China with the Chinese opera. The Ving Tsun system has been passed down over generations through a series of dedicated masters.
In recent times, the late Yip Man is considered to be the Grandmaster of modern Ving Tsun Kung Fu. In 1949 Yip Man started teaching in Hong Kong. Among his students were the famous Bruce Lee and the man whose name our Kung Fu Association bears, Moy Yat. Grand Master Moy Yat emigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s and popularized Ving Tsun in America and around the world.
Grandmaster Moy Yat taught many students both in Hong Kong and later in New York City. One of his closest students, Moy Tung, opened the American Kung Fu Academy (a Moy Yat branch school) in downtown Richmond, Virginia and has since trained students all over the country. Moy Tung's eldest student, Moy Yat Tung, opened the Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy of Iowa City in 1993 and continues teaching the Moy Yat method of Ving Tsun Kung Fu in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
One of Moy Yat Tung’s inner circle students, Brad Schonhorst, founded Brooklyn’s Moy Tung Kung Fu school. In late 2002, Sigung Brad began teaching Ving Tsun to a few select students under the guidance of his Sifu. In 2005, he founded Moy Tung Ving Tsun Kung Fu, Inc. and began teaching publicly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In 2008, the school found a home at 250 Moore Street where several of his students continued their training and began teaching students of their own. Our Sifu, Jonathan Ramirez, was one of those students.
The school expanded to two locations in 2014, but is currently represented in Brooklyn exclusively in our Greenpoint branch.
Sigung Brad currently teaches out of his school in Montgomery County, Maryland. Sifu Jonathan opened the doors of our Greenpoint studio in summer, 2014, and continues to teach from the space, in the trendy Greenpoint Terminal building.