Founder of Vovinam Viet Vo Dao
Patriarch of Vovinam Viet Vo Dao
Founder & General Council Grand Master Viet Vo Dao World
Chief of the Masters Council
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”