Vietnamese martial arts

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Flying scissors to the neck. The opponent is forced to the ground with a twist of the body.

Traditional Vietnamese martial arts (Võ thuật Cổ Truyền Việt Nam) can be loosely divided into those of the Sino-Vietnamese descended from the Han, and the Chams or indigenous Vietnamese.

Modern schools[edit]

Modern styles, or Phái (schools), include:

  • Võ thuật Bình Định/Bình Định Gia – umbrella title for all the traditional styles of Bình Định.
  • Nhất Nam
  • Vovinam – Founded by Nguyễn Lộc. Also called Vovinam Việt Võ Đạo (Việt = Vietnamese, Võ = martial, Đạo = way)
  • Võ Việt Nam (Cuton) or Võ Đạo of Phạm Văn Tan.[1]
  • Cuong Nhu of Ngô Đồng (d. Florida 2000), known also by the Japanese title O Sensei
  • Tam Qui Khi-Kong, now popular in Russia


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gabrielle Habersetzer, Roland Habersetzer (2004). Encyclopédie des Arts Martiaux d'Extrême-Orient: Technique, historique, biographique et culturelle. 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 ..CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)