Vietnam Martial Art


Vietnam Martial Art

Vietnam Martial Art

Vietnamese martial arts are influenced by efforts to defend the country from foreign occupations (China, France, and Japan) and also by the people whom Vietnam conquered (Champa). The most influential in the country’s martial arts is China with its thousand-year occupation of Vietnam. But through thousands of years of internal, civil strife: dynastic changes (dynasties), foreign conquests, warlordism and guerrilla tactics, the Vietnamese martial artist use what they learned from their neighbors and evolved a unique form of martial arts.

There is an old saying in the Binh Dinh Region which goes “Roi Thuận Truyền, Quyền An Vinh” which means the Thuận Truyền Quyền village is famous for Staff Techniques and that An Vinh Village is famous for empty hand forms. An Thái village is famous for its various Chinese Martial Arts.

Vietnam Martial Art

Vietnam Martial Art

The martial arts were used by Vietnamese kings to train their troops and to defend the country against China’s invasions against Vietnam. In addition to the army, family clans and Buddhist temples cultivated a variety of styles to defend themselves in national disputes.

Vietnam Martial Art

Vietnam Martial Art

There was an academy of martial arts in the capital, Thăng Long, today’s Hanoi, since the 11th century: Lý Dynasty (1009–1225), Trần Dynasty (1225–1400). The 16th to 18th centuries marked the country’s division and the conflicts between the various lords. These antagonisms led to a diversion of the Vietnamese martial arts styles into different schools.

Vietnam Martial Art

Vietnam Martial Art

Due to the wide range of influences there is no definable point in time where Vietnamese martial arts started to live. Vietnam, as a distinct entity has officially existed since apx. 200 BCE, though first human settlement can even be traced back to 2876 BC.

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