Proposal 4 of master Dao - 8th congress

Draft of an international training program for the higher level

Preserving the knowledge and techniques of Vovinam-VVD - Education, research and innovation

Master Trần Nguyên Đạo

I.      Reasons 

Dear masters, 

The international training program of Vovinam VVD, from level initiation to the Yellow Belt 3rd cấp (basic level and medium level) was voted and promulgated worldwide in 8 languages. Please consult: http://vovinamworldfederation.eu/en/world-council-of-masters/the-international-training-program.html 

However, there are still many lessons and techniques that are not included in the official program for the following reasons: 

1-    Due to the richness of our discipline, all subjects cannot be included in the training program. For example, QUYEN as : Hạc quyền, Xà quyền, Thái Cực Đơn Đao, Nhu Khí Công Quyền, Song Đao...  that have been taught before 1975, but were not included in the formal training programs and did not have the approval of Vietnam masters Council (before 1975) or have not been considered and voted by the World Council of masters of Vovinam-VVD. 

2-    Some techniques are not compatible with the culture and design of some countries. For example :  machetes (Mã Tấu), axes (Búa), rifle with bayonet (Súng lưỡi lê), hands tied against several opponents (trói tay đánh đông), Defence against gun (tay không bắt súng) etc. In Europe, these techniques are considered dangerous or do not have the sporting qualities and therefore, are not included in the international training program. 

3-    Some new lessons, created in the years 1989-1995, as: Tứ Trụ Quyền, Ngũ Môn Quyền, Thập Thế Bát Thức, Viên Phương Quyền, Mộc Bản Quyền... or modifications existing lessons as Tứ Tượng Côn Pháp, Song Luyện 1, 2, Song Luyện Dao, Song Luyện Vật 1... Performed by a group of 4 masters in Vietnam, in a context of recovery of the Vovinam VVD activities after 15 years prohibition by the Vietnamese government. 

4-    The teaching of these lessons outside of Vietnam for 14 years (1990-2004) highlighted that these techniques are not perfect, do not correspond to the principle of the “harmony of strength and flexibility”, lack efficiency and realism compared to the fundamental techniques of the Founder Master Nguyễn Lộc. It is for these reasons that the World Council of Masters of Vovinam VVD in 5th world congress in 2004, decided to put these techniques in the field of research and study and resume the techniques taught in Vietnam before 1975. 

Dear masters, 

For the reasons given above and the will to preserve the technical and philosophical treasure of our discipline, I propose on the occasion of the 8th World Congress in California, to put the above lessons in the international training program to the higher level (from grade 4th International dang). Beyond the will of conservation, this will also enable masters to improve their knowledge of martial arts and is also a way to create an environment so that masters can carry out studies, to contribute. 

II.    The standards to establish the program

The standards for establishing the international training program for the higher level in this project can be defined as follows: 

1-    To form of expert groups depending on the choices of masters according to their interests and research capacities.

2-    Establish the connection between: Quyền, Song Luyện and techniques to obtain coherent and logical program.

3-    Book priority for lessons and technical "realistic" so that masters can: train, carry out studies and research, implement, test and submit theses to contribute to technical and philosophical treasure of Vovinam VVD. 

III.   List of technical-philosophical matters that are currently outside international training program

III.1.       Quyền

1-    Tứ Trụ Quyền

2-    Ngũ Môn Quyền

3-    Thập Thế Bát Thức

4-    Viên Phương Quyền

5-    Xà Quyền

6-    Hạc Quyền

7-    Nhu Khí Công Quyền

8-    Khí Công Quyền 

III.2.       Quyền with a weapon

9-    Bát Quái Song Đao

10- Mộc Bản Quyền

11- Hạ Bổng Pháp

12- Tứ Tượng Côn Pháp (new version 1990)

13- Thái Cực Đơn Đao 

III.3.       Song luyện

14- Song Luyện Mã Tấu

15- Song Luyện Buá

16- Tam Đấu

17- Tứ Đấu

18- Trói tay đánh đông

19- Song Luyện Côn

20- Song luyện 1, 2 : reserved for older practitioners (without drops or rolls) 

III.4.       The techniques

21- Keys and clearances outside of the teaching program (120 total technical)

22- Defense techniques against machete - Mã Tấu

23- Defense techniques against ax - Búa

24- 12 attack against stick techniques

25- Techniques to disarm a adversaries with a gun

26- against attack techniques against an armed rifle with a bayonet

27- Sword techniques of 2nd level

28- Bát thủ Pháp

29- Bát thủ pháp - khí công

30- Thất thập nhị bát thế - Khí công

31- Energetic gymnastic techniques 

III.5.       For khí công (energy)

32- Level 1 : Tiên Thiên khí bài 1, 2, 3

33- Level 2 : Hậu Thiên Khí bài 1,2

34- Level 3 : Tiểu Chu Thiên và Đại Chu Thiên

35- Level 4 : Đả thông Nhâm-Đốc Mạch

36- Level 5 : Lục Hợp Khí và Hỗn Nguyên Công 

III.6.       Theories on technical - philosophies - energy

37- 9 fundamental principles of Vovinam-VVĐ

38- The conception of Man of Việt Võ Đạo

39- The conception of Universe of Việt Võ Đạo

40- 12 principles of behavior VVĐ sinh

41- Traditions martial arts of Vietnam (History of Martial Arts of Vietnam)

42- The revolution of the body and the mind

43- Orientations of Vovinam-VVĐ

44- The Master of Vovinam-VVĐ and 5 ways to behave (himself, his family, society, Vovinam VVD, homeland and humanity)

45- Methodology to submit a master thesis

46- Speaking in public (communication technical)

47- Principles and Rules for the Council meeting of the masters

48- Sport, martial arts and religion

49- Symbolism in Asia and the Vovinam-VVĐ

50- Intuition and-Vovinam VVĐ creation capacity

51- Schools of khí công

52- Theory of Âm-Dương (Khí công)

53- Theory of 5 elements (Khí công)

54- Theory of entrails and organs (Khí công)

55- Theory of meridians Kỳ Kinh Bát Mạch (Khí công)

56- Theory of 12 meridians (Khí công)

57- Training methods of thought (Khí công)

58- Methods for respiration (Khí công)

59- Knowledge about hormones (Khí công)

60- Knowledge about the organic liquid - các chất tinh túy (Khí công) 

IV.  Analyzes 

Subjects, martial materials and knowledge are divided into groups as follows:

IV.1.      Group of new lessons.

  • Tứ Trụ Quyền, Ngũ Môn Quyền, Thập Thế Bát Thức, Viên Phương Quyền, Hạ Bổng Pháp, Tứ Tượng Côn (Bổng) Pháp (new version), Mộc Bản Quyền...
  • 2 techniques against attack stick,stick Song Luyện, Sword of 2nd level, Bát Thủ Pháp, Song Đao... 

Estimated time to studies and research: 3 to 4 years 

IV.2.      Group of old lessons

  • Hạc quyền, Xà quyền, Bát Quái Song Đao, Thái Cực Đơn Đao...
  • Machete techniques - mã Tấu (against attacks and Song luyện), ax techniques -Búa (against attacks and Song luyện), isarm an opponent with a pistol, against the armed attacks rifle with a bayonet, Tam đấu, Tứ đấu, hands tied against several - Trói tay đánh đông... 

Estimated time to studies and research: 3 to 4 years 

IV.3.      Group of khí công.

  • 5 levels of khí công
  • Nhu Khí Công Quyền, Khí Công Quyền
  • Bát Thủ Pháp (khí công), Thất Thập Nhị Bát Thế, gymnastic techniques  of thought - Tâm thể dục, Song Luyện 1 et 2 reserved for older practitioners (without drops or rolls).
  • Theory of entrails and organs (Khí công)
  • Theory of meridians Kỳ Kinh Bát Mạch (Khí công)
  • Theory of 12 meridians Thập Nhị Kinh Biệt (Khí công)
  • Training methods of thought (Khí công)
  • Methods for respiration (Khí công)
  • Knowledge about hormones (Khí công)
  • Knowledge about the organic liquid - các chất tinh túy (Khí công) 

Estimated time to studies and research:  3 to 10 years 

IV.4.      Martial theories level 1

  • 9 fundamental principles of Vovinam-VVĐ
  • Orientations of Vovinam-VVĐ
  • The Master of Vovinam-VVĐ and 5 ways to behave (himself, his family, society, Vovinam VVD, homeland and humanity)
  • Methodology to submit a master thesis
  • Speaking in public (communication technical)
  • Principles and Rules for the Council meeting of the masters
  • Sport, martial arts and religion
  • Symbolism in Asia and the Vovinam-VVĐ
  • Intuition and-Vovinam VVĐ creation capacity
  • Schools of khí công
  • Theory of Âm-Dương (Khí công)
  • Theory of 5 elements (Khí công) 

Estimated time to studies and research: 1 to 2 years 

IV.5.      Martial theories level 2

  • Traditions martial arts of Vietnam (History of Martial Arts of Vietnam)
  • The conception of Man of Việt Võ Đạo
  • The conception of universe of Việt Võ Đạo
  • 12 principles of behavior VVĐ sinh
  • The revolution of the body and the mind
  • Theory of entrails and organs (Khí công)
  • Theory of meridians Kỳ Kinh Bát Mạch (Khí công)
  • Theory of 12 meridians - Thập Nhị Kinh Biệt (Khí công) 

Estimated time to studies and research: 1 to 2 years 

IV.6.      Characteristics of the higher level international training program 

First, given the wealth of subjects and topics of Vovinam VVD, no one can assimilate totally in a possible duration. Therefore, it would divide into groups of expertise according to the will and capacity of study and research masters 

On the field of philosophical knowledge of the martial art that has a homogeneous character; it will be divided into 2 different levels. 

Techniques

Philosophical knowledge

Group of new lessons

(4 years)

Philosophical knowledge level 1

(2 years)

Group of old lessons

(4 years)

Philosophical knowledge level 2

(2 years)

Group of khí công

(No time limit)

 

Second: The international training program for the higher level does not look like the one reserved for primary and middle levels. There is no obligation of uniformity, but it has the character of expertise, specialties, research and study in depth as a specialist. Thus, the training program to the next level will not be distributed according rank, but in groups, and in each group there are learners with various ranks. 

The duration of study and research for each group is 4 years. Specifically, the group khí cong has no time limit because: it is not learning or practicing the learner will be successful as in other matters. Its success depends on the talent and the "karma" of each learner. 

V.   Training sessions learners and teachers

The training sessions at the higher level do not resemble those of lower levels. A martial arts class is usually a class 1 or 2 days of training a week with a fixed teacher. As the number of masters at the higher level is limited, usually disseminated in several regions of the same country or countries that have only one or two masters. 

This is why the training sessions for the higher level must be organized specifically, 1 or 2 times a year at national or international level, depending on the number of teachers in each country or continent (Europe, Africa, American and Australian) 

For master trainers, there is no fixed character, as each master has its own specialties. 

Therefore, there is no differentiation of grades for master trainers. As in the university, the master who has a specialty was invited to teach the material of which it controls. And next time, he will learn in another matter. This is also true for learner’s master. There are no grades of distinction in a group. 

However, the current problem is to organize training sessions, preparing documentation and translate in different languages. 

Particularly the documentation is very important because it is the origin of the unionization of the training program. Therefore it must be carefully prepared and translated into three basic languages: Vietnamese, French and English. This is how the international training program to the highest level will be of value. Otherwise it will cause division or dispersion due to geographic and linguistic problem. Therefore, the International Technical Board shall be the competent authority to collect, prepare, distribute and organize special training courses for the higher level. 

VI.  Summary 

VI.1.      Technical program 

Groups of expertise

Technical program

Duration

Group of new lessons

-       Tứ Trụ Quyền, Ngũ Môn Quyền, Thập Thế Bát Thức, Viên Phương Quyền, Hạ Bổng Pháp, Tứ Tượng Côn (Bổng) Pháp (new version), Mộc Bản Quyền...

-       2 techniques against attack stick,stick Song Luyện, Sword of 2nd level, Bát Thủ Pháp, Song Đao...

 

4 years

Group of old lessons

-       Hạc quyền, Xà quyền, Bát Quái Song Đao, Thái Cực Đơn Đao...

-       Machete techniques - mã Tấu (against attacks and Song luyện), ax techniques -Búa (against attacks and Song luyện), isarm an opponent with a pistol, against the armed attacks rifle with a bayonet, Tam đấu, Tứ đấu, hands tied against several - Trói tay đánh đông...

 

4 years

Group of  khí công

-       5 levels of khí công

-       Nhu Khí Công Quyền, Khí Công Quyền

-       Bát Thủ Pháp (khí công), Thất Thập Nhị Bát Thế, gymnastic techniques  of thought - Tâm thể dục, Song Luyện 1 et 2 reserved for older practitioners (without drops or rolls).

-       Theory of entrails and organs (Khí công)

-       Theory of meridians Kỳ Kinh Bát Mạch (Khí công)

-       Theory of 12 meridians Thập Nhị Kinh Biệt (Khí công)

-       Training methods of thought (Khí công)

-       Methods for respiration (Khí công)

-       Knowledge about hormones (Khí công)

-       Knowledge about the organic liquid - các chất tinh túy (Khí công)

 

4 years

 

 

VI.2.      Program of martial knowledge

 

Common to all group

Program of martial and philosophical knowledge

Duration

Level 1

  • 9 fundamental principles of Vovinam-VVĐ
  • Orientations of Vovinam-VVĐ
  • The Master of Vovinam-VVĐ and 5 ways to behave (himself, his family, society, Vovinam VVD, homeland and humanity)
  • Methodology to submit a master thesis
  • Speaking in public (communication technical)
  • Principles and Rules for the Council meeting of the masters
  • Sport, martial arts and religion
  • Symbolism in Asia and the Vovinam-VVĐ
  • Intuition and-Vovinam VVĐ creation capacity
  • Schools of khí công
  • Theory of Âm-Dương (Khí công)
  • Theory of 5 elements (Khí công)

 

2 years

Level 2

  • Traditions martial arts of Vietnam (History of Martial Arts of Vietnam)
  • The conception of Man of Việt Võ Đạo
  • The conception of universe of Việt Võ Đạo
  • 12 principles of behavior VVĐ sinh
  • The revolution of the body and the mind
  • Theory of entrails and organs (Khí công)
  • Theory of meridians Kỳ Kinh Bát Mạch (Khí công)
  • Theory of 12 meridians - Thập Nhị Kinh Biệt (Khí công)

 

2 years

 

 

I.      Conclusion

On the principle: "No master can claim to have all the knowledge and comprehension of Vovinam VVD." 

This is also true for the author of this proposal! There are certainly shortcomings or oversights. I hope you can help me bring your opinion to best complement this project. 

 

Paris on 17 June-2016.

Master Trần Nguyên Đạo