Biography of Grandmaster Ngô Kim Tuyền (1947-2019)



Biography of Grandmaster Ngô Kim Tuyền (1947-2019) 


          • Supreme White Belt – 2008.
          • Red belt II (1993)
          • Technical Director Northwest region (1970-1975).

 Grandmaster Ngô Kim Tuyền was born on February 1, 1947 in Quy Hau, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. He started the Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao on July 15, 1965 in the center of Vinh Vien [[1]]. He was trained by master Trần Huy Phong, Nguyễn Văn Thư and Lê Sáng.


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Vo Dao Quan center, 1993

Master Ngô Kim Tuyền

 According to his notes: "... I enrolled in the first class of the center located at No. 61, rue Vinh Vien. At that time, the monthly contributions were 80 piastres, then 120 piastres. I followed evening classes. Taught by master Trần Huy Phong ...".

In 1965, he was transferred to the Tran Hung Dao club, then became assistant to master Trịnh Ngọc Minh in 1967. In 1968, when Master Minh went on a mission to Nha Trang, he replaced him as head teacher.

In 1966, he joined the martial arts teaching program within the National Education with thousands of practitioners of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao in high schools in Saigon and Gia Dinh such as Chu Van An, Trung Vuong, Cao Thang, Gia Long and Pétrus Ky. He was in charge of training at Pétrus Ky high school.


When Pétrus Ky High School suspended its activities, it established the Lam Son Club on Tran Binh Trong Street, Saigon, to allow practitioners from Pétrus Ky to continue training there. Among these practitioners, we can cite: Nguyễn Văn Chiếu, Lưu Thăng, Nguyễn Tôn Khoa, Võ Văn Tuấn, Nguyễn Chánh Tứ, Nguyễn Anh Dũng. After the Tet Mau Than events in 1968 [[2]], the Tran Binh Trong Hall was closed and all practitioners were transferred to the Hung Vuong Center to Master Lê Sáng.



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Hoa Lu center, 1970. Belt ceremony - 4th Dang for Master Ngô Kim Tuyền (2) and 6th Dang for Master Trịnh Ngọc Minh (1), Masters: Lê Sáng (3), Trần Huy Phong (4), Nguyễn Văn Thông (5), Trần Bản Quế (6)

In addition, he also taught clubs: Saint Guise Phu Cuong Minor Seminary (Tiểu chủng viện thánh Gui Se Phú Cường) and the Phu Cuong Missionary Institute (Đệ Tử Viện truyền giáo Phú Cường).

In 1967, when the Vovinam Viet Vo Dao was introduced into the National Police, Master Ngô Kim Tuyền was one of the assistants of Master Patriarch Lê Sáng during the training

In 1968, with teacher Hồ Tuấn Đãi, master Ngô Kim Tuyền developed from Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao in Duc He district, Long An province. Then from there, he opened several clubs in Khiem Cuong, Tan My, Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Binh Duong, Lai Thieu, Go Dau, Tay Ninh, etc.

In 1969, he became Technical Director of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao in the Northwest region. He was helped by the great master Phạm Hữu Độ [[3]] and by the master Lý Phúc Thái [[4]] for the developments in this region.



Today, his disciples: Cao Hải Bình, Nguyễn Thành Tâm, Nguyễn Văn Thành, Đoàn Tấn Tạo, Lê Đằng Phương, Tô Nguyên Trung, Lưu Kim Lan, Đoàn Văn Viễn, etc, continue to teach in the provinces of Hau Nghia, Tay Ninh, Binh Duong, Binh Long, etc 



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 Centre de Vo Dao Quan, 1993

Maitre Ngô Kim Tuyền 

 In 1975, he married Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Nga [[5]]; from this union are born: Ngô Hồng Ân (1976) and Ngô Hồng Vũ (1979). 

After the fall of Saigon in 1975, the Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao having been banned, he trained in hiding with master Trần Huy Phong. He then became one of Master Phong's key men in organizing boat escapes of masters and teachers who sought to leave Vietnam to regain freedom and thus develop Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao abroad. Thanks to these actions, hundreds of teachers and teachers have been able to settle in Canada, Australia, Europe and the United States and have become pillars of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao in their adopted country. 

In 1991, when the Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao was again authorized by the administration, he actively participated in the Vo Dao Quan center (Võ Đạo Quán Cây Tre), created by master Trần Huy Phong in Binh Thanh district, Saigon . In 1992, master Trần Huy Phong appointed him Vice-President of Research and Development and Technical Director of this center. 

In December 2003, he fell seriously ill [[6]], but thanks to the teaching of Khi Cong [[7]] of master Trần Huy Phong, he managed to gradually regain his means. 


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Saigon, 2010

Grandmaster Ngô Kim Tuyền (D), reception ceremony of the Supreme White Belt, transmitted by master Trần Nguyên Đạo (L) representative of the World Council of Masters.




During the 6th World Congress of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao in Paris from May 5 to 8, 2008, on the proposal of the Secretary General of the World Council of Masters, Master Trần Nguyên Đạo, he was rewarded during his lifetime and promoted to the title of Grand Master, Supreme White Belt by the World Council of Masters, along with the masters: Lê Công Danh (Australia), Trần Tấn Vũ (Vietnam), Nguyễn Văn Đông (USA).


He passed away on November 22, 2019 in Saigon at the age of 73 after 16 years of fighting the disease.


He was a great master, simple, rigorous, persevering and loved by all. The death of the grandmaster Ngô Kim Tuyền causes a lot of emotion and regret to his family as well as to all the practitioners of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao, in Vietnam and abroad. He was a loyal, faithful disciple, a respectful master of Vovinam-Việt Võ Đạo, a shining star in the sky of Vietnam's martial culture.


[1]: 1st private center of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao after 1964, and also the headquarters of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao.

[2]: The 1968 Tết offensive was a military campaign led by the combined forces of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (or Việt Cộng) and the Vietnamese People's Army (Communist). The goal is to provoke the uprising of the South Vietnamese population against the Republic of South Vietnam. This offensive ended in failure with nearly 80,000 soldiers killed and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths.

[3]: Deputy of Lai Thieu district (1970), then sub-prefect of Binh Duong province.

[4]: Binh Duong Province, Military coordination center.

[5]: She is also a teacher of Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao.

[6] :Stroke, paralyzed on one side of the body.

[7] :Breathing technique - internal energy.




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