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The Martial Arts Discipline known as Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao, was founded by Master Nguyen Loc in 1938. He grew up during a period when Vietnam was still under French colonial rule.
In that time, young men could either abide by the French policies, or join the revolution against the French. Master Nguyen Loc believed the only way to free Vietnam from the colonial rule was to take those with a strong will for liberty and independence, training them to attain a strong body and a rational mind. He practiced hard and researched many foreign forms of martial arts over a long span of time. He later founded a new form of discipline, which became known as Vovinam (Martial Arts of Vietnam).
Since 1964, the title “Viet Vo Dao” (The Philosophy of Vietnamese Martial Arts) was added to the original, becoming Vovinam-Viet Vo Dao.