by Thanh Nga Not many people know about Việt vũ đạo, a form of traditional Vietnamese martial arts, but in France, it has become a popular sport, particularly in the port city of Marseille. Under Vietnamese-French master Nguyễn Công Tốt, Việt vũ đạo has been developing in France and Europe for nearly half a century. “In the 60s and 70s, there weren’t many Vietnamese people in Marseille. I was beaten up several times. Then I couldn’t bear it any more and fought back,” Tốt was quoted as saying by Việt Nam Television (VTV). “Then a Frenchman told me that I had a beautiful form of kung fu and wanted me to teach him. That was the start of Việt vũ đạo in France,” said Tốt. According to Tốt, “đạo” is a road and morals, “vũ” shows the philosophy of the sect towards the honest and humanity. Việt vũ đạo has the typical characteristics of Vietnamese culture, tradition and humanity. It takes its morals from love. The Vietnamese martial arts’ outfit is a simple white shirt and black trousers. His belt is black on one side and white on the other to show he originated from farmers. Master Nguyễn Văn Tốt (third left) and his followers. Photo Facebook of Nguyễn Công Tốt Martial… Read full this story
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