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The great Masters


Master NGUYEN LOC, Vovinam Viêt Vo Dao founder

Master NGUYEN LOC, Vovinam Viêt Vo Dao founder

Master NGUYEN LOC was born on May 24th, 1912 (04.08 of Nhm year of the lunar calendar) in the Huu Bang village, district of Thach That, Province of Son Ty in the North of Vietnam.
From his earliest years, Master NGUYEN LOC never stopped studying and making research on the various martial arts. He also practised the traditional fight (Vt) as well as the Vietnamese philosophy. He developed the technical and philosophical foundations of the martial arts insisting on the real efficiency in practice.

In 1938, once he had severely tested his knowledge and after a long meditation, Master NGUYEN LOC began to codify and to structure the techniques. Then he recruited his disciples and created the VOVINAM movement. He brought to light the philosophical bases of the Martial Art to give its true vocation again to the Vietnamese martial art.
One year later, in autumn 1939, the Master presented officially the VOVINAM movement through a show at the H Ni Great Opera. In spring 1940, he gave officially his first lesson at he H Ni Normal School.
From then onwards, there has been a considerable and rapid extension of the VOVINAM Movement whose training aims at the development of "True Man". This result was obtained thanks to the very scientific methods of training applied to the chivalrous concepts of the martial arts that laid stress on the autonomy of Man.

On April 29th, 1960 (04.04 of Canh Ty year of the lunar calendar), before passing away in Saigon surrounded with his disciples, the Master expressed his last wishes and left his last will and testament. He also appointed Master LE SANG Master Patriarch of the Vovinam Viet Vo Dao to be his successor.
In the image of the Vovinam Viet Vo Dao ideal, Master NGUYEN LOCs life was simple, helpful and rich of meanings. His greatness lies in that simplicity and the nobleness of spirit of the VOVINAM. He perfectly knew how to transmit them forever to million practitioners.

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Master LE SANG, Vovinam Viêt Vo Dao Patriarch

Master LE SANG, Vovinam Viêt Vo Dao Patriarch

Master Founder NGUYEN LOCs disciples were numerous, but for various reasons, nobody was so attached to his carreer as Master L Sang, the present-day Master Patriarch.
Master LE SANG was born in 1920 in H Ni and in 1940, he became a disciple of the Master Founder. He had worked by his side, had lived with him like a close relative and was considered as a member of his own family. That is why the martial art as well as the Master Founders philosophy, were, so to speak, personally and completely transmitted to Master LE SANG.
Towards the end of 1957, the Master Founder gave Master LE SANG the right of teaching the disciples of the 1954s generation.
Before he died in 1960, he entrusted the latter with the management of the VOVINAM Viêt Vo Dao school.
Master LE SANG now lives in the TO DUONG's.



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