Vietnamese martial arts in pictures

VietNamNet Bridge – The first international Vietnamese traditional martial arts championship – Thang Long Cup – took place at the My Dinh Indoor Athletics Gymnasium in Hanoi on August 9-11.

The event, the largest-ever of its kind, brought together 29 international teams and the host.

Vietnamese traditional martial arts is a national heritage, born and developed throughout the country’s history of fighting against invaders. It is not only a practice which Vietnamese people use to stay physically healthy and for self-defence, but also a way to educate thb in patriotism and national pride.

The event aimed to preserve a part of the nation’s traditional culture and spirit of martial arts, hoping that the Vietnamese traditional martial arts would be introduced globally.

During the championship, martial art athletes competed in five events of performance and combat.

Below are some pictures of combat events:

Performance of a team from Thua Thien-Hue province

The Thanh Long Cup tournament is taking place from August 6-13 at the My Dinh Indoor Athletics Gymnasium in Hanoi

The event attracts 36 domestic martial art teams, and 50 international teams from 35 countries, including the US, Australia, France, Belgium, Russia and Germany

Ho Chi Minh City’s team

Martial artists must spend on four to five years on perfecting professional performances, said a representative from HCM City’s team

A performance of a team from Khanh Hoa province

A Russian martial artist from Russia performs in the combat category