1. As a quick intro, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your school? When, where, how and why did you start practicing?
The Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu School of Philadelphia was founded in 1985 and led by the venerable Grandmaster Pete Pajil (a.k.a., Sigung Moy Bah Hugh to all of his grand students).
Since then many of his distinguished disciples have gone on to open their respective kung fu schools across the country to spread this simple – yet easily misunderstood – martial art and intelligence – we proudly call Ving Tsun.
Grandmaster Pete Pajil has devoted his life to propagating the martial intelligence of Ving Tsun Kung Fu to many of his disciples and grand-disciples throughout the United States. In fact, most of the late Grandmaster Moy Yat’s international lectures and seminars were bestowed upon and represented, by Pete Pajil.
Grandmaster Moy Yat simply and frequently appointed Pete Pajil to spontaneously impart and express the inner workings of Ving Tsun’s nature and how it paralleled everyday ZEN.
It was through many years of practicing Grandmaster Moy Yat’s style of teaching known today as, “kung fu life”, where Pete Pajil forged his reputation and earned his rightful place within the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu Family, as the official United States custodian.
To this day, no other Moy Yat disciple in the United States has had a martial arts practice running and growing, as long and as extensive as Sigung Pete Pajil. His students and grand students number in the thousands all across the country.
However, only a handful of the most privileged students and grand students have been able to personally and intimately travel by Sigung Pete Pajil’s side. Journeys to martial arts havens like Hong Kong (the birthplace of modern Ving Tsun), Futsahn-China (the valley of Southern Chinese Kung Fu Legends), Brazil and Canada (where Moy Yat Ving Tsun continues to grow strong and wide), have only enhanced the overall authentic “Sito” (master-disciple) experience of cultivating “Kung Fu Life”.
It was out of many decades of learning and practicing together as a martial arts family that this new kung fu school was born.