The four-day World Vovinam Championship 2011 held in Ho Chi Minh City from July 28 has become an annual festival of practitioners and trainers of the martial arts across the world.
German contestants perform a technique to attack by legs Photo: Tuoi Tre
This year, it has attracted the participation of 300 fighters and officials from 22 nations in the world.
This has long been a chance for foreign learners to visit the homeland of the creator of the martial arts.
Vovinam, created in 1938 in Hanoi by Master Nguyen Loc, is now popular in around 35 countries and territories where there are hundreds of thousands of practitioners. Last year, Vovinam was approved to be included for official competition at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta in November.
The fighting technique, which involves both unarmed and weapons combat, uses the opponent’s momentum to counterattack. Its range of techniques includes the use of hands, elbows, and legs to throw, wrestle, and lever.
Following are images of the tournament: