Two hours and twenty minutes of history caught on film of the late Sifu Moy Yat on June 16, 1990, discussing, exploring, and demonstrating an array of Wing Chun actions specifically focusing on a select few as the fundamental platform of this filmed seminar. Credit to those that kept an archive of this footage and did so well in converting the once VHS footage to modern digital.
Continuing with the Moy Yat series of archived videos to digital, the magnanimous Sifu posthumously bestows his knowledge from what was once a closed-door audience to an open source platform to impart his wisdom and experience. Looking more like, “a professor than a Kung Fu guy”, dressed in a suit and tie as opposed to the traditional Chinese garb in which he often appears in his seminars, the captive audience once again enjoys a thorough and extensive look at the practising of Gerk Jong. Put pen to paper as the late figurehead of East Coast Wing Chun pens his ideas to the easel.
The Moy Yat Family continues to present and re-release in digital format another of their first-generation copy of Sifu Moy Yat’s videos that were originally never intended for commercial release, but solely for relative lineage practitioners from what are candid moments to organised ones. With the domestic release of another volume of archived video, Wing Chun aficionados will enjoy the captured footage of the late Sifu’s moments both in instruction and as a community leader, hoping to continue to inspire and offer context to history and cultural significance to the roots of the system.
It has been mentioned before information exchange has provided a great platform to share content and information to the masses that, otherwise, shoeboxes and warehouses if it weren’t for digital media.
Reinforced by another release of the late Sifu Moy Yat, seen here in his later years, the fundamental ideas and activities of one aspect of Wing Chun footwork, Tsui Ma, is discussed, captured from what seems to be an exclusive audience in an intimate environment with just under an hour’s runtime.
Continuing with the analogue to digital conversion release of one of many volumes of the late Sifu Moy Yat’s video releases is this submission of an oral history of Ving Tsun Gung Fu as his scholastic and personal accounts have revealed. What could be weeks of conversations enjoyed over tea is condensed into a concise 75-minute runtime, regarding Sifu Moy’s history of involvement in the celebrated Chinese martial art.
Moy Yat was also known as a passionate scholar of the system and a preservationist of traditional Chinese implements that complement the rich history in calligraphy, the Kuen Kuit (Ving Tsun Fist Parables Chops), and now in modern technological format through video, with excerpts of archival video footage from his own collection, sharing his perspectives in an oral and visual history form to the viewing audience.
Chi Sau, without question, is a hallmark method of training in the Wing Chun system. It is a method of development that challenges one’s structures and activity in developing proficient and effective actions that will be practical and effective reflex reactions when employed against an attacker.
The Luk Dim Boon Kwan (“Six-and-a-Half Point Pole”) has evolved from being a once guarded and revered level of learning the Wing Chun system, to a form of reward for one’s dedication, knowledge, and evolved skill sets alongside the Baat Jaam Do.
Moy Yat’s family opens their personal film vaults to present to the practitioner/audience the late Sifu Moy Yat himself demonstrating and explaining the what, why and how of the Kwan’s relevance to overall training. The production of this series of videos was to, “help the younger generations to better understand Wing Chun—not (originally) intended for distribution,” with their posthumous release. Sourced from the original private recordings and enhanced for the Moy Yat lineage practitioners and beyond to enjoy.