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Vovinam is a Vietnamese martial art.

Vovinam is practiced with and without weapons. It is based on the principle of harmony between hard and soft. It includes training of the body as well as the mind. It uses force and reaction of the opponent.

Vo (V�): "Martial Arts".
Vinam stands for "Vietnam"


Vovinam Việt V� Đạo is a martial art designed for self defense, health and personal development.

Vovinam includes hand "đ�n tay", elbow "chỏ", kicks "đ�", throws, escape- and levering techniques. Both attack and defense techniques are trained, just as foot techniques, forms (Quyền, Song Luyện & Đa Luyện ), combat and traditional wrestling ("Vật").

The wide range of techniques include punching, kicking etc. as well as Quyens ("Katas", "Forms"), wrestling, sword, Con staff (not the Chinese "Gun" staff), axe, (folding-)fan and others.
Self defense techniques cover defense against weaponless attacks like choking from behind or grabbing and against attacks with knife or sword.

Advanced students learn to combine the techniques and learn to defend himself/herself against armed opponents. Instructors train traditional weapons like the long stick, short stick, knife, sword and sabre. Thereby the weapons serve as training devices for reaching optimal body control. Outermost concentration is necessary.

Hard and Soft

The Yin & Yang-Theory (Vietnamese: "�m-Dương") states that everything in the universe and on earth is initiated through the interrelation of Yin (negative) and Yang (positive). As to this theory there are martial arts that prefer the hard over the soft and others that prefer the soft over the hard. Vovinam Việt V� Đạo does not prefer any over the other. Hard and Soft are used equally to adapt to every situation, to every problem.

Based on V�-Thuật the student will develop the ability to combine hard and soft at the right relation, in combat and in daily life. This will develop both physical abilities as well as the student's spirit.
Not only the principle of the harmony of hard & soft but also many other things resulting from the training contribute to internalizing the martial art philosophy, e.g. fighting spirit, courage, tenacity, fairness, modesty and tolerance. Above all the training morality and the way of applying the techniques shape the students' character.

The greatest difficulty is to see through ones own ego and then to overcome it. On success in doing so the Vovinam student will gain generosity and tolerance with other people. With the awareness that the most important thing in life of a human are other humans the final goal is to be able to not only help oneself but also to help others to live in peace and harmony with ones surrounding.

With the salutation, "Hand of steel on a benevolent heart" the student is reminded about the main principle and about the goal of Vovinam Việt V� Đạo with every training. It is also about using the opponent's force and reaction, hence reach maximum effect with little force/effort.


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