It’s been 23 years already… at the time I was attending numerous gala’s and I have kept an excellent memory of this trip to Dortmund. A warm welcome, a very professional and passionate organisation, a very diverse program and prestigious athletes. That year, I had the pleasure to perform on the same stage as the fabulous Jean Frenette from Quebec. Good continuation, and sincere friendships developed ever since. - Eric Pariset

Viet Vo Dao (also known as; Vovinam) (WIP)

Vovinam (short for Võ Việt Nam; Vietnamese: Việt Võ Đạo, Martial Arts of Vietnam) is a Vietnamese martial art.

Vovinam is practiced with and without weapons.
It is based on the principle of between hard and soft.
It includes training of the body as well as the mind.
It uses force and reaction of the opponent.
Vovinam also includes hand, elbow, kicks, escape- and levering techniques.
Both attack and defense techniques are trained, as well as forms, combat and traditional wrestling.
The wide range of techniques include punching, kicking etc. as well as forms, wrestling, sword, staff, axe, folding fan and others.

Self-defense techniques cover defense against weaponless attacks like choking from behind and defense against attacks with knife or sword.
Advanced students learn to combine the techniques and learn to defend themselves 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 control of body and mind.

To be continued…

Source: Wikipedia