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.
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