Moy Yat (1938-2001) was a martial artist who personified the expression, “erudition and martialism complement each other”. In 1957, he became a a disciple of the legendary Ving Tsun System Kung Fu master Ip Man (1893-1972).
Similar with samurai Miyamoto Musashi’s example, from his experience in the Martial Arts, Moy Yat was able to express his Kung Fu in the Fine Arts.
Considered by Ip Man Museum, a Chinese Government entity, to be “a genius in Chinese painting and calligraphy”, Moy Yat was a highly sought-after artist with an unique style, he was also a consultant for the American Museum of Natural History.
As a sculptor of stone chops, considered to be one of the most sophisticated of the Chinese arts, since it includes calligraphy, sculpting, and design, Moy Yat confectioned his greatest work: the “Ving Tsun Kuen Kuit” that is made up of 51 chops. This collection includes the genealogy, the ancestry, the martial sayings, the domains, and some key devices of the Ving Tsun System.
Recognized by the American magazine Inside Kung Fu, as one of the “greatest martial arts teacher of all times”, Moy Yat left an important legacy, where the martial arts experience extends itself to daily life conduct, making human activity more intelligent, and therefore, richer. He denominated this process as Kung Fu Life.
Always alert to generating conditions to evolve his legacy for future generations, Moy Yat wrote many books, produced dozens of videos, and gave hundreds of demonstrative lectures all emphasizing the importance of the broader meaning of Kung Fu.