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Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge
Born09 March 1960
ResidenceUnited States United States
StyleWing Chun
Teacher(s)Moy Yat
RankGrandmaster
Websitehttp://kungfurichmond.com/

Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge

Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge (March 9, 1960) is an American martial arts master and teacher, an exponent of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu system.

Martial arts background, Ving Tsun Kung Fu mastery[edit | edit source]

Dandridge began martial arts training at age 9. In 1980, he began Ving Tsun Kung Fu training under Grandmaster Moy Yat. In 1984, Dandridge was accepted as a member of Grandmaster Moy Yat’s Special Students Association (SSA), officially being recognized by Moy Yat as his disciple. He also received his kung fu name, Moy Tung, which means ‘man from the East’, a symbol of Dandridge’s respect for Ving Tsun. As a demonstration of his commitment to his sifu and the Moy Yat Ving Tsun system, he had his name legally changed to Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge.[1][2]

Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy and Moy Tung lineage[edit | edit source]

In 1986, at his Sifu Moy Yat’s direction, Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge founded the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy in Virginia. From the beginning, he saw himself as a teacher of teachers, like his own sifu.[3][4][5][6]

The Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy hosted an exhibition of Grandmaster Moy Yat’s artwork in 2010, as a way of introducing the public to Ving Tsun Kung Fu through the late master's other arts. A local reporter observed of the students who were there, “Each and every practitioner creates living art in their kung fu practice and application of the Ving Tsun system to their daily lives.”[7]

In 2018, more than twenty-five branch schools are actively teaching Ving Tsun Kung Fu in Grandmaster Moy Tung’s lineage. The Moy Tung Athletic Association was formed to manage the association of branches.[8][9][10]

Relationship with Grandmaster Moy Yat[edit | edit source]

Dandridge was very close to his late sifu, Grandmaster Moy Yat. He spent a great deal of time with him to immerse himself in what Moy Yat called the kung fu life, even doing live-in training from 1983-85. After founding the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy in 1986, in his sifu’s name, Dandridge continued to make regular trips to New York for training and to visit Moy Yat until his sifu passed in 2001. Dandridge also brought Moy Yat to Richmond on an annual schedule of workshops for his students. During this time, Dandridge also encouraged his students to develop relationships with Moy Yat, and assisted with the creation of Moy Yat’s Grand Special Students Association for that purpose. To this day, he maintains a close relationship with the Moy Yat family and his kung fu brothers, as well as with the students in his own kung fu lineage.[11][12][13]

In his book A Legend of Kung Fu Masters (1989), Moy Yat tells various stories that illustrate truths about kung fu, life and human nature - there are two involving Moy Tung. The first concerns an invitation to visit London for a kung fu demonstration, with the trip sponsored by a British Kung Fu magazine. Recalling the reasons certain students gave for wanting to go on the trip, Moy Yat wrote, “Moy Tung wanted to go to carry luggage and just help where he could.” Moy Yat also found it remarkable that, on the plane, “Moy Tung was so bored and cramped he began walking around, socializing with everyone. When he returned he told us the assistant captain was a karate player who knew about us from a T.V. news program. He was surprised we were on his plane and wanted to meet me and be photographed with me.”[14]

Perspective on martial arts training, fighting, and Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu[edit | edit source]

In a 1986 interview shortly after his school opened, Dandridge was quoted as saying, “We think kung fu is about fighting [but kung fu] means time and energy ... You practice the kung fu not to learn how to fight, but you learn how to fight. It all exists together.”[15]

In a article about the school 25 years later, he said, “[Ving Tsun Kung Fu] is about the science of fighting, about zones and theories of quadrants and recognizing and reacting to threats in those quadrants instinctually.” and “What we want is to keep the art alive.”[16]

During the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy's 30-year anniversary celebration seminar in 2018, Dandridge commented, "I’ve taught the same way as my teacher, using his same philosophy.”[17]

Also in 2018, “[Ving Tsun Kung Fu training is] about developing the system, the science within you. It doesn’t make you a violent person, but you will master violence.”[18]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Develop the science within you, Barry O'Brien, Wing Chun Illustrated, August 24, 2018, https://www.wingchunillustrated.com/issue-no-43-table-of-contents/
  2. Grandmaster Moy Tung, https://kungfurichmond.com/ving-tsun-lineage/#moy-tung
  3. Moy Yat School Directory, Moyyat.com, https://web.archive.org/web/20010203164700/http://moyyat.com:80/directory.htm
  4. Kung Fu: Time and Energy Join to Form Art, Ames Arnold, Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 7, 1986, http://kungfurichmond.com/2016320fjimeouuqtx2mpyr8zk6hm0qrs1xe3/
  5. A Rare International Gathering Of Kung Fu Experts Came To Richmond, John Donegan, RVAMag.com, May 11, 2018, https://rvamag.com/news/a-rare-international-gathering-of-kung-fu-experts-came-to-richmond.html
  6. Develop the science within you, Barry O'Brien, Wing Chun Illustrated, August 24, 2018, https://www.wingchunillustrated.com/issue-no-43-table-of-contents/
  7. Unconventional Art Opening: Moy Yat, A Martial Renaissance, Matt Ringer, RVAMag.com, March 3, 2010, https://rvamag.com/art/unconventional-art-opening-moy-yat-a-martial-renaissance.html
  8. A Rare International Gathering Of Kung Fu Experts Came To Richmond, John Donegan, RVAMag.com, May 11, 2018, https://rvamag.com/news/a-rare-international-gathering-of-kung-fu-experts-came-to-richmond.html
  9. Moy Tung branch schools, Kungfurichmond.com, https://kungfurichmond.com/schools/
  10. Moy Tung Athletic Association, Kungfuhq.com, http://www.kungfuhq.com
  11. A Rare International Gathering Of Kung Fu Experts Came To Richmond, John Donegan, RVAMag.com, May 11, 2018, https://rvamag.com/news/a-rare-international-gathering-of-kung-fu-experts-came-to-richmond.html
  12. Develop the science within you, Barry O'Brien, Wing Chun Illustrated, August 24, 2018, https://www.wingchunillustrated.com/issue-no-43-table-of-contents/
  13. Grandmaster Moy Tung, Kungfurichmond.com, https://kungfurichmond.com/ving-tsun-lineage/#moy-tung
  14. A Legend of Kung Fu Masters, Moy Yat, Loyal Publications, 1st ed, 1989, p.9
  15. Kung Fu: Time and Energy Join to Form Art, Ames Arnold, Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 7, 1986, http://kungfurichmond.com/2016320fjimeouuqtx2mpyr8zk6hm0qrs1xe3/
  16. Kung Fu Master Eyes Downtown, Vernal Coleman, February 9, 2011, http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/kung-fu-master-eyes-downtown/Content?oid=1442162
  17. A Rare International Gathering Of Kung Fu Experts Came To Richmond, John Donegan, May 11, 2018, https://rvamag.com/news/a-rare-international-gathering-of-kung-fu-experts-came-to-richmond.html
  18. Develop the science within you, Barry O'Brien, Wing Chun Illustrated, August 24, 2018, https://www.wingchunillustrated.com/issue-no-43-table-of-contents/

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