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    [icon_timeline timeline_style=”jstime”][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”Founding Master and the first steps (1938 – 1960)”][icon_timeline_item time_title=”April 24, 1912″]Nguyen Loc was born to Nguyen Dinh Xuyen and Nguyen Thi Hoa[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_feat time_title=”1938″]Martial Arts Discipline of Vovinam was founded[/icon_timeline_feat][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1955″]Founder Master Nguyễn Lộc opened the training center at 58 Avigateur Garros Street (now is Thủ Khoa Huân St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City). Leaving Thủ Khoa Huân, he resided at his own home on Nguyễn Khắc Nhu St. Unfortunately, at the time when the work of promoting Vovinam in the new region of Ho Chi Minh City still had many difficulties,[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1960″]Mr. Loc passed away on the 4th day of the 4th month (lunar calendar) of the year 1960 in Saigon, passing the leadership for Vovinam onto his disciple,
    the Grand Master Le Sang.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”Grandmaster Le Sang – The Brilliant Successor of Founding Grandmaster Nguyen Loc”][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1920″]Master Lê Sáng’s family originally resided in Thanh Hóa Province, but he was born in autumn of 1920 in a house on the banks of Trúc Bạch lake in Hà Nội, the oldest son of Mr. Lê Văn Hiển (known professionally as Đức Quang, 1887 – 1959) and Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Mùi (1887 – 1993).[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1939″]In 1939, after suffering a severe illness which left him walking with difficulty, he followed his mother’s advice and began studying martial arts in order to strengthen his legs and improve his physical health. Good fortune steered him to Founding Grandmaster Nguyễn Lộc’s Vovinam class at the Hà Nội Pedagogical College (Ecole Normale). Due to his natural ability, intelligence, and diligent practice, after just a few years he was chosen by Founding Grandmaster Nguyễn Lộc to take part in the work of training others in Hà Nội. From then on, he became as close to Grandmaster Nguyễn Lộc as a younger brother is to an older brother, sharing in his labors and his hardships, following him as he taught the discipline of Vovinam in many places in northern provinces of Việt Nam such as: Hữu Bằng, Chế Lưu, Ấm Thượng, Thanh Hương, Đan Hà, Đan Phú, etc.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_feat time_title=”1961″]Due to the state of affairs in the country at the time, a government policy prohibited all martial art disciplines in Sài Gòn to operate, Master Lê Sáng stopped teaching temporarily.[/icon_timeline_feat][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1963″]When the policy was lifted and the disciplines were allowed to operate openly again, he returned, coordinated with his core staff and began the recovery period and planned a new phase of expansion for the discipline. As the closest and most senior disciple with almost 20 years of working at the Founding Grandmaster’s side, Grandmaster Lê Sáng had unparalleled knowledge of Vovinam’s philosophy and techniques.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Mid 1960’s”]Although living in constrained circumstances, he has not only directed the Vovinam movement but also spent his days training students for hours on end and his nights hunched by a lamp writing books and articles, systemizing the Founding Grandmaster’s philosophy of martial arts.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_feat time_title=”September 27, 2010″]

    Grandmaster Lê Sáng has gone forever at 91 years of age. The departure of Grandmaster Lê Sáng is a major loss to the martial arts in general and to the võ đạo teachings; and undoubtedly it’s a great misfortune for all Vovinam-Việt Võ Đạo disciples worldwide.

    [/icon_timeline_feat][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”MASTER NGUYỄN VĂN CHIẾU”][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1949″]Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu was born in Vietnam on November the 4th, 1949. He began to practice Vovinam in 1965 with Master Trịnh Ngọc Minh and later, with Patriarch Master Lê Sáng.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1967″]Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu obtained the title of Vovinam instructor and taught in Petrusky Vovinam Club in Saigon.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1969-1970″]Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu taught Vovinam in Cam Ranh Town, Nha Trang city and became director of Cam Ranh’s Training Center.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1970-1975″]Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu taught Vovinam in Quy Nhơn City (Bình Định), a famous region known as the land of martial arts. Even though he was still very young (21 years old), Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu was very hard-working, diligent  and cautious. He was know for talking little but doing much and as someone who only speaks about what he knows and about what he can do.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1990″]Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu made his first trip outside of Vietnam. Together with three other masters, he went to Belorussia for a month to perform demonstrations and introduce Vovinam.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1992″]After his return to Vietnam, he focussed his attention to building technical and fighting competition rules and managed to get approved and authorised the first National Vovinam Championship in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) in December 1992.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1996″]Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu lead and took part, along with his students, into a very successful series of demonstrations at the 2nd Festival of Martial Arts and Games in Bangkok (Thailand), which attracted 52 countries.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1997″]Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu travelled for the first time to Tenerife (Spain), and has since been extensively to Europe (France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Romania). He helped opened the bridge between Vovinam Vietnam and Europe, and many delegations from European countries came to Vietnam to train and to get to know more about Vovinam.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_feat time_title=”Present”]

    Thank to his tremendous work, Vovinam is now on par with other international sports and has even been taking part in the 3rd ASIAN Indoor Games in Vietnam in 2009, in the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011, in the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013. He is the founder of the first International Vovinam tournaments, which since 2009 have been organised under the aegis of the World Vovinam Federation.He has also set foot on 4 different continents to give demonstrations and seminars, in Russia, USA, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Iran, India.

    On the 24th of August 2010, at Tổ Đường, Patriarch Master Lê Sáng announced his wish to see established a new organization committee. He named this organization committee: “ The Vovinam Việt Võ Đạo School’s Management Masters Council” (Hội Đồng Võ Sư Chưởng Quản Môn Phái Vovinam Việt Võ Đạo) and set it up to replace the organisations in place thus far. Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu was appointed “ Chánh Chưởng Quản” –  the head of the Management Masters Council and leader of the Vovinam school. He is presently the Master with the highest Vovinam belt (Hồng Đai Ngũ Cấp – 9 Đẳng), in and outside of Vietnam, and has students all over the world.

    In 2012 he directed a seminar in Alger (Algeria) with more than 2000 participants.

    Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu has always acted in favour of the establishment of federations and in particular played an important role in the setting up of the World Vovinam Federation – WVVF (Vietnam – 2008), the Asian Vovinam Federation – AVF (Iran – 2009), the European Vovinam Viet Vo Dao Federation – EVVF (France – 2010) , the South East Asian Vovinam Federation – SEAVF (Cambodia – 2010) and the African Vovinam Federation – FAV (Algeria – 2012).

    Titles of Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu 

    Since 1989, Master Nguyễn Văn Chiếu has been President of the Việt Võ Đạo Association of Hồ Chí Minh City.

    From 1998 to 2008, he was Technical Director of the Intercontinental Vovinam Việt Võ Đạo Association – IVVDA

    From 2007, he has been Vice President of the Vietnam Vovinam Federation – VVF in charge of the technique.

    From 2008, he has been Vice President of the World Vovinam Federation – WVVF in charge of the technique.

    From 2010, he has been the Director of Vovinam Training Center of Hùng Vương University – Hồ Chí Minh City

    From 2011, he has been Vice Dean of the Vietnamese Institute of Research and Development of Vovinam and Sports – IVS

    Since 2010, he has been the head of the Management Masters Council and leader of the Vovinam school “Chánh Chưởng Quản”