VOVINAM - TAIWAN ASSOCIATION
Section 3, Linsen Road 153-27, 704 , Taïwan
VOVINAM - TAIWAN ASSOCIATION
Address：7F., No.27, Ln. 140, Sec. 3, Linsen Rd., North Dist., Tainan City 704, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Writing From Hoài Nam：http://venguonblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/vovinam-viet-vo-dao-has-arrvied-in-taiwan/
As the waves constantly cresting and rushing one another forward, the learned one teaches and guides the unlearned ones, gradually Vovinam Việt Võ Đạo disciples spread Vietnamese martial arts to many places in the world. The early arrivals on a new territory open martial art classes and training clubs; and that’s how the Vovinam Việt Võ Đạo movement organically build up their presence in the past. Recently, in Taiwan, images of youth, children appearing in Vovinam blue martial art uniforms, and they saluted one another with all the solemnity. These beautiful images start showing up on a Facebook member’s home page who has an unmistakable nickname, written in Vietnamese: “Vovinam Đài Loan” (Vovinam Taiwan). Could not contain my sense of curiosity, I want to learn how Vovinam was introduced to the island. The story of Vovinam Taiwan is particularly interesting because unlike other cases, the first sprout of Vovinam seed on the island nation appear to be an act of self-germination.
Through Facebook, I sent a short message in Chinese to Vovinam Đài Loan expressing my desire to ‘befriended’ and also admitting that I’m not fluent in Chinese, and that the sent message was only a result of machine translation. Vovinam Đài Loan responded quickly in English. From then on, we discussed many things and that’s how I gain a better insight about the people and events of the Vovinam Taiwan story.
Behind the Facebook nickname “Vovinam Đài Loan” is a dynamic young Taiwanese man with an intense passion for Vovinam Việt Võ Đạo. At age 29, Peng Shu-Chun is a teacher in Xigang district of Tainan city, Taiwan (Republic of China). No stranger to martial arts, Shu-Chun trained Taekwondo for 17 years, learned Chinese Hung Gar Kung, a well-known Chinese martial art discipline for 14 years, and has also studied Karate for about 1 year. Earned his black belt 3rd dan in Taekwondo, he had been a coach for nearly 10 years. Graduated from the Chinese Culture University, department of Chinese martial arts and dance, Shu-Chun currently teaches physical education and teaches Vovinam martial arts.
Since 2011 he began to take notice of Vovinam martial arts on the Internet. Never been to Vietnam and does not have access to any certified coach or Vovinam martial arts master previously, he has been self-learning Vovinam techniques through Youtube videos. Taking advantage of his wealth of martial arts background, and a deep passion for Vietnamese martial art, he absorbs Vovinam moves quickly and practices what he learns from the recorded video clips. In addition, Shu-Chun spent many hours studying võ đạo teaching (budo), and translated them along with other technical materials so that he can pass them on to his students. He said that, after my research and self-study, “I found Vovinam’s teaching to be well organized and comprehensive, consisting a good variety of martial arts skills”. He was particularly impressed with the fluent moves and it’s very applicable techniques. Shu-Chun also admits, “since then I also realized that my martial arts knowledge is limited and lacking”. With what he has learned, he has started to teach Vovinam to children in elementary schools where he teaches physical education.
The story of Vovinam Taiwan is still at a very early stage as its history is being written every day. Shu-Chun enthusiastically shared with me that he now has an instructor who is fluent in Vovinam techniques of the formal training program. It was a very rare coincidence when he met someone known as Fan Wen Jun. Intrigued by the insertion, I inquired further and learned that they made contact through Facebook and met for the first time 2012 at a McDonald’s restaurant. According to Shu-Chun, this meeting “has changed my overall opinion of the martial arts.”
Submitted by vovinam-vietvodao.com