Vovinam provides a system of martial arts techniques that encompass
various forms of self-defense and combat based on the principle of
Yin-Yang development. Vovinam adapts the techniques of other styles of
martial arts worldwide, and updates itself. Hence, Vovinam techniques are
rich and varied.
Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao was founded by Master Nguyen Loc in 1938. He grew up in the period which Vietnam
was still under the French colonial rule. At that time, young men either were seduced by the French into
the lusty lives or joined the revolutionary war against the French.
Master Nguyen Loc believed that the only way to free Vietnam from the colonial rule was to train the
Vietnamese young men to have a strong, invincible will for liberty and independence. That will must
be produced by a strong body and a rational mind. Carrying on that belief, he
practiced hardly and researched many Vietnamese traditional martial arts as well as many foreign martial arts.
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