In recent years, it has become a tradition for the Master to visit Vietnam once a year. This year, from the 13th to the 17th of April 2018, our Master was in Vietnam together with two of his assistants Pierre and Camille, and Raymond – director of the school.
What’s special about this year’s visit was that it’s the first time a seminar was organized at the club in Vietnam with the Master’s presence.
The club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is still quite new. So it was a wonderful opportunity for the students (with experience ranging from 1 day to 2 years of practice) to meet and receive the teaching from the Master. The seminar was organized by Hoan, the teacher of the Vietnam club.
The Master taught and explained at a detailed level several techniques such as basic blocking techniques, Truong Son Phai punching, hammer, and breathing techniques – from a technical, philosophical and historical points of view.
Even the team of experts coming with him and the teacher of the Vietnam club were able to benefit from his teaching being already at a high level.
After the training, the students organized a dinner with lots of Vietnamese typical dishes to celebrate the Master’s visit. Dinner was a great time for everyone to connect more personally since students in Vietnam don’t often get a chance to meet the Master and experts from France.
Following the seminar in Ho Chi Minh City, the Master, his team and Hoan headed North to Grandmaster Phu’s home village and birthplace – Da Nguu, as a yearly tradition.
This year was especially full of emotions as two of the Master’s brothers – also Thanh Long Masters, joined him for this part of the journey. They visited several places that are significant to the Nguyen’s family and the school’s history and heritage.
Seminars and training camps, especially the summer camps, are always privileged occasions where the students can learn from the Master not only the techniques in great details but also more profound lessons of life.
This visit in Vietnam is no exception. The students and even higher level practitioners have learned a great deal during those few but very intense days.
Thank you Master and see you very soon!
Written by: Thanh Long Truong Son Hoan