Nguyễn Lộc

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Nguyễn Lộc
Portrait photo of Nguyễn Lộc
BornNguyễn Lộc
(1912-05-24)May 24, 1912
Hữu Bằng village,
Thạch Thất, French Indochina
DiedApril 29, 1960(1960-04-29) (aged 47)
Saigon, South Vietnam
Notable studentsLê Sáng
Last updated on: 24 September 2023

Nguyễn Lộc (Thạch Thất district, 8 April 1912 – 4 April 1960) was a Vietnamese martial arts teacher. He was the founder of Vovinam (Việt Võ Đạo).

Grandmaster Lộc was born in Hữu Bằng village, Thạch Thất district, then part of Sơn Tây province, now a district of Hanoi. He was the eldest of five children of Nguyễn Dinh Xuyen and Nguyễn Thị Hoa.

In his younger years he trained in traditional Vietnamese martial arts. In 1938, grandmaster Nguyễn introduced his style "Vovinam" to the public. After a demonstration in 1939 in Hanoi, Vovinam quickly spread across the country, and internationally to the Vietnamese diaspora via France. However the French banned the movement in 1942.

In 1946 when Vietnam became officially at war with the French, Lộc organised his students in resistance in the Hanoi area, but a disagreement with the Viet Minh led to him disbanding his group and retreating to his home village. He emigrated to South Vietnam in the 1950s.[1][2]

After grandmaster Nguyễn's death in 1960, His senior student, Grandmaster Lê Sáng continued the development and international promotion of Vovinam until his own death on September 27, 2010.[3]


  1. ^ Martial Arts of the World : A-Q - Page 654 Thomas A. Green - 2001 "However, a disagreement with the tactics of the Viet Minh led Nguyen Loc to sever his ties with them and urge his disciples to follow suit. In retaliation, the Viet Minh ordered the capture of Nguyen and placed him in the precarious position of being wanted by both the Viet Minh and the French. He responded by telling his disciples to return to their hometowns to wait for an.."
  2. ^ Gabrielle Habersetzer, Roland Habersetzer Nouvelle Encyclopédie des Arts Martiaux d'Extrême-Orient - Technique, historique, biographique et culturelle 2004 "A la veille de l'indépendance du Vietnam (1955) différents groupements. sous le couvert d'associations sportives. virent le jour. avec notamment le mouvement Vovinam de Nguyen-Loc. le Tinh-Vô-Hoi (arts martiaux sino- vietnamiens) avec entre autres Chau Quan Ky. le Vo- Vietnam (Cuton) ou encore le Vu-Dao (Pham Van Tan*). Ces groupements connurent une structuration plus forte dans le cadre du Sud Vietnam dans les années 1960. avec. notamment. la création du Tong-Hoi-Vo-Hoc-Viet-Nam .."
  3. ^ Martial Arts of the World : A-Q - Page 654 Thomas A. Green - 2001 "In 1960, grandmaster Nguyen Loc passed away at the age of 47 because of an illness. Before his death, his senior student, Le Sang, was appointed to lead and further advance Vovinam. "