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Promoting Vovinam martial arts in Thailand and Iran

Vietnamese athletes will leave for Thailand on December 17 to give a performance and promote the Vietnamese traditional martial art (Vovinam).

During a five-day stay, they will provide Thai athletes with additional training about Vovinam in preparation for the Asian Indoor Games to be held in Vietnam in 2009.

After Thailand, Vietnamese martial artists will give training to Indonesian athletes in February 2009, according to Nguyen Van Chieu, vice chairman of the Vietnam Vovinam Federation (VVF).

Meanwhile, VVF General Secretary Vo Danh Hai has been busy in Iran from December 12-16 preparing for the establishment of the Asian Vovinam Federation to be headquartered in this Islamic nation.

The fact that Iran and many Asian countries know about Vovinam will help the Asian Indoor game 2009 attract more foreign teams and promote the image of the traditional Vietnamese art to the world.

(Source: Vovnews)ivf-logo

On US Veterans Day 2007

Paratroopers remembering fallen comrades

Dear VOVINAM family and friends, 

First, I want to share my message of thanks to all Veterans of the US Military here and abroad for their continued sacrifices.   

As a Vet, I will also use this opportunity to reflect and to remember about all my friends – fallen or otherwise.  One in particular was Eric – one of my best friends in the Army.  Eric never knew his parents.  He grew up in the foster care system but managed to graduate from high school and joined the Army.  We met at Fort Benning, GA and became the best of friends, especially after finishing Paratrooper training because we were the only two guys who didn’t have any family to visit and to congratulate us.  To make the long story short, Eric passed away in a firefight in the jungle of SE Asia on the border of Thailand and Burma.  I was his only family – the Army family. 

So every year, I was the only known family who would drink with Eric while watching a game or sitting out looking over a lake, or something.  That has been my commitment to my brother Eric almost 9 years ago.   

I want to share with all of you about this story not to make your day go sour.  Precisely the opposite – I challenge you to live your life today to its fullest potential, and being conscious on everyday that our security, our comforts, and our achievements have always been built on the sacrifices of many others – willingly or not.  So, let’s not all wound up over personal pettiness, temporary set-backs, or even balk down over what seems to be overwhelming odds.  Let’s focus on doing your very best and giving your very best to ourselves, to our loved ones, and to others in our community.  That’s what the way of Viet Vo Dao is all about.   

Sincerely yours,

 Master Linh ThaiVovinam-Viet Vo Dao, USA

 www.vovinamusa.org

On “moral” Courage