Information of the 8th World Congress of Vovinam-VVĐ

RRéf : 91-16-TTK/EN- 01-04-2016

Informations letter

8th World Congress of Vovinam-VVĐ

Dear Masters,

Leaders of national federations

Following the convening for the 8th[1] World Congress of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao of 21-07-2015,  we are pleased to inform you the following details :


  • §The Congress theme : From Việt Võ Đạo to Nhân Võ Đạo ! 

  • §Duration of the Congress : 

    • 07/14/2016: International passing grades and thesis defense (12:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
    • 07/15/2016: Opening of the World Congress of Masters (7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
    • 07/16/2016: General Assembly of the World Federation of Vovinam-VVĐ (7:30 to 12:00)
    •  07/17/2016: Closing of the Congress - belt promotion ceremony (8:00 to 12:00)
  • Congress location:

Business Expo Center

1960 S. Anaheim Way, Anaheim, CA 92805 

Phone (714) 978-9000, Fax (714) 978-8189


  • Hotel address:

Ramada Anaheim Convention Center Hotel

2141 South Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

Tel: (714) 971-3553 Fax: (714) 971-4609 

  • The organizing committee

The Federation of Vovinam-Việt Võ Đạo Ouest des Etats Unis d’Amérique

PO Box 262 367 San Diego, CA 92029 USA email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: +1.619.218.3493 

  • Language used during the Congress

The official languages used in this Congress are: Vietnamese, English, and French.

Real-time translations will be made for these 3 languages 

Dear Masters, dear Leaders 

The 8th Congress - 2016 will be a turning point for our organization internationally, because we'll re-elect all leaders in our World Vovinam VVĐ system : 

  • The World Council of Masters of Vovinam-VVĐ : it is the organ of technical leadership, in charge of the ethics, of martial philosophy, of martial techniques, belts, examinations and thesis. 

  • The World Federation of Vovinam-VVĐ : it is the administrative management organ that represents our Vovinam legally. This is also the executive and the relationship between the national federations.


Moreover, the 8th World Congress -2016 mark the 20th anniversary of the foundation of our international system (Paris 1996 - 2016 California). 20 years compared to the history of humanity is a very modest number, but are very significant for the Vovinam Vo Dao, because it demonstrates the sustainability and growth of our organization, the spirit of voluntary commitment, the "persistent struggle"[2] and the spirit of union of all masters of the world. 

Dear Masters, dear Leaders, 

The 8th World Congress this year will be an opportunity for us to determine the ideal Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao and our determination to achieve the mission: To promote the martial arts culture of Vietnam, "build a new generation of young people to serve a harmonious world "[3] 

The 8th World Congress will also be an opportunity to show the will of the organization to implement the directives of the Founder Grand Master Nguyen Loc "Without renewal, it is the immediate decline." Therefore, the main objective of Congress will be an opportunity for masters and participants to bring: project proposals or new ideas to continue to improve the mechanism and systems of our international organization. 

Human society has undergone and is undergoing reforms in many areas such as culture, science, ideology, health, technical ... Specifically, progress beyond science and technology have reduced the distances between men. It only takes us a few hours so that we can find ourselves in Paris, New York, Dakar, Toronto, Sydney .... The advance of computer science has made the boundaries between peoples, religions, races ... Just a few seconds to send an e-mail, images, thoughts or talk to everybody on this planet. These advances are the foundation of the civilization of the 21st century, is a concrete proof of the continuous advancement of humanity 

Our discipline in his training period (1964) also being aware of the relentless progress of humanity had developed the concept of the Universe Viet Vo Dao with the theory of permanent evolution (Thường dich) : "All things of life are constantly changing "[4]! Therefore, the organization of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao World must boldly enter the orbit of renewal, must change to match the direction of human progress. Otherwise, it will lag, and will be abandoned by society. 

But reality and experience also shows that, whenever there is a change or whenever there is a new project, there will be debates and disagreements. It is difficult to overcome the challenges, the price of a real international organization. Please keep in mind virtues like "clairvoyance in perception", "self-control", "modesty" and "tolerance and generosity" [5] to overcome these challenges. 

Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao today is a multi-discipline, multi-cultural, multi customs, multilingual ... But it's always a big family. So on the occasion of the Congress in 2016, I ask you, dear Masters, dear Presidents of national federations, dear Representatives, kindly bring your contributions in a constructive spirit so that our great Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao family more radiant in the hearts of practitioners worldwide. 

Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao originally was created by Vietnamese, in Vietnam. It has become the heritage of the human community. Aware of this, we will have a consensus in the activities of the 8th Congress process. Let me quote from the exchanges between the Master Founder Nguyen Loc and his disciples, "... you need to change working practices to adapt to each situation, modernize the organizational methods for our discipline to be more innovative. If you see any flaw in what I do, you have a duty to change for the better. If my methods have deficiencies, you must develop them to become more complete ... "(Extract Saigon newsletter 1971) 

The Congress Organizing Committee, will be under the responsibility of the World Council of Masters and the World Federation with the active support of the Federation Western of United States. The Organizing Committee will cover the costs of transportation (airport shuttle, city cruise), housing and food for the masters, members of the World Council of Masters and the Presidents of the member federations during the Congress (4 days 3 nights).

In the coming days, we will send you the detailed program, the terms of votes and candidates in elections for the 2016-2020 term and the projects votes methods. 

We wish you success, health, clairvoyance and good preparation for this 8th Congress


General Secretary of the World Council of Masters of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao

Master Trần Nguyên Đạo

[1] : 1st Congress Paris 1996, 2nd: 1998 Houston, 3rd: 2000 California, 4th: 2002-Paris, 5th: 2004 Houston, 6th: 2008 Paris, 7th: 2012-Paris and 8th: 2016 California " 

[2] : 2nd Fundamental Principle

[3] : 3rd Fundamental Principle

[4] : Vũ trụ quan, Nhân sinh quan Việt Võ Đạo - Tủ sách Việt võ đạo 1971.

[5] : Fundamental Principle n° 8 and 9