|Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge|
|Born||March 9, 1960|
Anthony Moy Tung Dandridge (born March 9, 1960) is an American martial arts master and teacher, an exponent of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu system. He began training under Grandmaster Moy Yat in 1980, and founded the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy in 1986.
Martial arts background, Ving Tsun Kung Fu mastery[edit | edit source]
At age 9, Dandridge began learning martial arts from his father, a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Over time, he learned and incorporated techniques and knowledge from many different martial arts, always seeking the highest level of martial arts, and eventually becoming an instructor in karate.
In 1980, after experiencing the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system as taught in the Moy Yat school, he began incorporating into his training. Within two years he devoted himself to training in the Moy Yat system exclusively, having found that the Ving Tsun principles and techniques enabled him to dominate bigger, stronger and previously formidable opponents. During this time, he commuted regularly from Philadelphia to train at his sifu Moy Yat’s school in Chinatown, NYC, doing live-in training from 1983–85.
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 received his kung fu name, Moy Tung, from Moy Yat, which means ‘man from the East’, a symbol of Dandridge’s traditional approach to kung fu. 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.
Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy and Moy Tung lineage[edit | edit source]
From the beginning, he saw himself as being a teacher teaching teachers, like his own sifu. In 2018, with more than twenty 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. 
In 2010, the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy hosted an exhibition of Grandmaster Moy Yat’s artwork, as a way of introducing the public to Ving Tsun Kung Fu through Grandmaster Moy Yat’s artwork. A local reporter observed, “Each and every practitioner creates living art in their kung fu practice and application of the Ving Tsun system to their daily lives.”
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.
In 1986, Dandridge founded the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy 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, and he encouraged his inner circle students to do so as well. 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 his close relationship with the Moy Yat family and his kung fu brothers.
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 show, 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.”
Perspective on martial arts[edit | edit source]
In a 1986 interview shortly after his school opened, Dandridge is quoted as saying, “We think kung fu is about fighting [but kung fu] means time and energy,” “You’re doing kung fu and you don’t even know it. Chinese practice it; Americans take it for granted,” and “You practice the kung fu not to learn how to fight, but you learn how to fight. It all exists together.”
In a 2011 interview, Moy Tung said, “What we want is to keep the art alive,” and “[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.”
In 2018, during the Richmond Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy's 30-year anniversary celebration seminar, Moy Tung commented, "I’ve taught the same way as my teacher, using his same philosophy.”
The blog for the school’s website kungfurichmond.com/news features video and transcripts of Moy Tung speaking on kung fu-related topics.
Things said by Grandmaster Moy Tung's students reflect, in their own words, the Ving Tsun teachings and perspective they've learned from him. In a 2013 interview, Austin, TX Sifu Aaron Vyvial recalled his Sifu Moy Tung's advice when he began teaching: "Teach pure Ving Tsun from the heart.” About his teaching style, he says "I try to run my classes in a very traditional manner, following the proverb: Ving Tsun Chuen Jing Tung, which can be translated as 'Ving Tsun authentically passing down.'"
In 2018, Sifu Barry O'Brien said about Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu, “You don’t have to rely on the physicality of it, you don’t have to be the big strong guy to be able to win a fight. You can be anybody, you just have to put in the time.” And commenting on the perspective gained from experiencing Ving Tsun training with members of different lineages in the Moy Yat Kung Fu family: "... what we find is it ends up being similar but with slightly different takes- an imprint of the personality a sifu leaves on their school.”
References[edit | edit source]
- Grandmaster Moy Tung, https://kungfurichmond.com/ving-tsun-lineage/#moy-tung
- "Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu - Directory". 3 February 2001. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
- Kung Fu: Time and Energy Join to Form Art, Ames Arnold, Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 7, 1986, http://kungfurichmond.com/2016320fjimeouuqtx2mpyr8zk6hm0qrs1xe3/
- 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
- Moy Tung branch schools, https://kungfurichmond.com/schools/
- Moy Tung branch schools, Moy Tung Athletic Association, http://kungfuhq.com/
- Unconventional Art Opening: Moy Yat, A Martial Renaissance, Matt Ringer, March 3, 2010, https://rvamag.com/art/unconventional-art-opening-moy-yat-a-martial-renaissance.html
- A Legend of Kung Fu Masters, Moy Yat, Loyal Publications, 1st ed, 1989, p.9
- Kung Fu Master Eyes Downtown, Vernal Coleman, February 9, 2011, http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/kung-fu-master-eyes-downtown/Content?oid=1442162
- Aaron Vyvial: Ving Tsun from the Heart, Kevin Sefcik, July 7, 2013, https://www.wingchunillustrated.com/2013/07/07/aaron-vyvial-ving-tsun-from-the-heart/
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