Moy Ba Daat

Direct Ving Tsun Lineage

Yim Ving Tsun
Ving Tsun stone inscriptions

Founder Yim Ving Tsun (嚴詠春), 1ˢᵗ Generation & Si Jo Ng Mui (伍枚)

The Ving Tsun system is unique, as it was proudly created by two women fighting oppression. Our stone inscriptions tell us that: "[...] In that time the Buddist Monastery Siu Lam had been consumed by fire, the Five Elders were exiled in the mountains, Si Jo Ng Mui (伍枚) [... was inspired to] create a new [martial system]. At that time Yim Ving Tsun (嚴詠春) was being compelled to marry a perverse [man] and Ng Mui happened to teach her new system. She [Ving Tsun] used it to punish the oppressor and by this means protect herself. She then continued codifying the system [....] and posterity called it Ving Tsun Kuen [...]"

Patriarch Leung Bok Toa (梁博儔), 2ⁿᵈ Generation
Patriarch Wong Wah Po (黃華寶), ᵈ Generation
Patriarch Leung Lan Kwai (梁蘭桂), 4ᵗʰ Generation

"[...] Afterward she [Yim Ving Tsun] taught it in secret to her husband Leung Bok Toa. Leung taught it to Wong Wah Po, who passed it to Leung Lan Kwai, [...]" Ving Tsun stone inscriptions

Leung Bok Toa
Wong Wah Po
Leung Lan Kwai
Leung Yi Tai
Leung Jan
Chan Wah Shun

Patriarch Leung Yi Tai (梁二娣), 5ᵗʰ Generation
Patriarch Leung Jan (梁贊), 6ᵗʰ Generation
Patriarch Chan Wah Shun (陳華順), 7ᵗʰ Generation

"[... Leung Lan Kwai] taught it to Leung Yi Tai that passed it to Leung Jan. Jan transmitted it individually to Fung Wah and to Chan Wah Shun. And Patriarch Ip Man received the whole legacy from Chan [...]" Ving Tsun stone inscriptions

Patriarch Ip Man (葉問), 8ᵗʰ Generation

With Patriarch Ip Man (葉問) starts the modern and better documented history of Ving Tsun. Starting at age 7, he studied it from the Patriarch Chan Wah Shun in Foshan, China, and later moved to Hong-Kong where he fled the revolution. For decades he taught the system in Hong-Kong, including to one of his most famous and acclaimed student: Grandmaster Moy Yat.

Today he is becoming a legend as a grandmaster, by the number of kung fu schools that trace their lineage to him, by the fact that he taught Bruce Lee, and also by the many movies being made that directly or indirectly mention him or have him as a main character. This has brought attention to Ving Tsun, but also has the peril of diluting the art.

Ip Man and Moy Yat
Ip Man
Ip Man
Moy Yat
Ving Tsun stone inscriptions

Grandmaster Moy Yat (梅逸), 9ᵗʰ Generation

Grandmaster Moy Yat (梅逸) began his Ving Tsun training in 1957 in Hong Kong under Ip Man. At the age of 24, Moy Yat became the youngest Sifu (師父, literally "martial father", meaning a leader of a kung fu family) under the guidance of Ip Man. He trained with him in Hong-Kong until Ip Man's passing in 1972. He then moved to Chinatown in New York City, USA, and began teaching. Today thousands of practitioners trace their lineage to him.

In addition to his mastery of Ving Tsun, Grandmaster Moy Yat was also known for his work as an artist, calligrapher, acupuncturist, seal sculptor, and other arts. Due to his artistic abilities, Moy Yat was commissioned by Ip Man to carve the Ving Tsun history and idioms into stone. This work of art is a treasure for the entire Ving Tsun community. His stone stamp/seals used in this website are a tiny part of his legacy.

See also: our brief page on Grandmaster Moy Yat.

Senior Master Moy Yat Sang (梅一 生), 10ᵗʰ Generation

Having already been involved in martial arts since 1979, Senior Master Moy Yat Sang (梅一 生, Leo Imamura) was introduced to Grandmaster Moy Yat in 1987, during a trip to New York, USA. He trained assiduously in the system and kept close to Moy Yat, and so was responsible for bringing this art to Brazil, starting with the city of São Paulo. He was subsequently accepted as a disciple and recognized as a Master by the early 90s.

Moy Yat Sang was recognized as Senior Master in 1996 by the International Moy Yat Ving Tsun Federeation. In 2003 he created the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Martial Intelligence institute to propagate Grandmaster Moy Yat's vision for the future of the art.

He is the leader of the Moy Yat clan in Brazil, with thousands of practitioners, and today lives in Brasília.

Leo Imamura and Moy Yat
Leo Imamura Pole
Leo Imamura
Moy On Da San
Moy On Da San
Anderson Maia and Leo Imamura

Senior Master Moy On Da San (梅安打臣),
11ᵗʰ Generation

Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Senior Master Moy On Da San (梅安打臣, Anderson Maia) started his Moy Yat Ving Tsun practice in 1990. He led the Belo Horizonte Mogun (武館, martial house, "academy") since 1994, and has been the leader of his own family since 2003.

Anderson helped organize all visits that Grandmaster Moy Yat made to Brazil, having a close relationship with both Senior Master Moy Yat Sang and Grandmaster Moy Yat. He became the official photographer for the clan, and some of his photography illustrates this site. He has visited New York and China multiple times, growing the connection between the families, and forwarding his historical investigations on the family.

In 2014 Moy On Da San was granted the title of Senior Master. Since then he has finished the training and qualification of 5 Masters, disciples that finished accessing all of the Ving Tsun System.

Moy Ba Daat
12ᵗʰ Generation

Moy Ba Daat

Moy Ba Daat (梅巴達) is the kung fu name of Daniel Balparda.

He has been an active practitioner for almost 20 years, since January 6ᵗʰ 2004, when he joined as a disciple of Senior Master Moy On Da San (Anderson Maia) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Since then he has practiced and learned the Ving Tsun System, and has had legitimate access to all levels.

In this journey, he has been recognized by the 11ᵗʰ Generation (Senior Master Moy On Da San and many others) and by the 10ᵗʰ Generation (notably by Senior Master Moy Yat Sang and Senior Master William Moy, among others).

Moy Ba Daat Hoi Jong
Moy Ba Daat Certification

Originally from Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Daniel has enjoyed a long professional career as an Engineer. This allowed him to live in Zürich (CH), San Francisco (USA), Seattle (USA) and, since 2017, Dublin, Ireland, a place that he loves and considers his home.

Moy Ba Daat has recently been authorized to start a kung fu family of his own. This he decided to do in Dublin, where he currently lives, bringing the Moy Yat Ving Tsun to the Emerald Isle.

Starting a family is hard, but full of new opportunities for everyone involved. Daniel will start offering Ving Tsun kung fu private lessons, and would like to invite you to learn more about us, and consider being one of the first practitioners of the 13ᵗʰ Generation in the Moy Yat — Moy Yat Sang — Moy On Da San — Moy Ba Daat Ving Tsun kung fu lineage.

YOU are the 13ᵗʰ Generation!

Moy Ba Daat Certification
Moy Ba Daat Certification with Senior Masters Leo Imamura, William Moy, and Anderson Maia

Beyond Ving Tsun and Engineering, Daniel enjoys many other activities in his life. He plays the Flute, the Piano, and is learning the Trombone, and has composed and arranged many pieces. He has practiced sailing in Ireland. Daniel enjoys cooking and drinking in good company. He has studied photography in Stanford University, USA. He also loves reading great books, listening to compelling music, watching intelligent movies, and sometimes a bit of gaming.

Daniel has ongoing personal projects in many of these areas of interest.

Moy Ba Daat baai si cerimony
Moy Ba Daat at Grandmaster Moy Yat's