art masters search for young disciples at congress
HA NOI — The Ha Noi
Martial Arts’ Association intends to kick up more interest among young people
in the next five years, the group’s 4th congress heard yesterday in Ha Noi.
The meeting was held to
review the association’s past term, prepare for the next term 2007-11 and
elect its new Standing Committee.
Editor-in-chief of the
Nhi Dong (Children) newspaper and director of Fund for Supporting Young
Talents, Vu Quang Vinh, was elected to be chairman of the Association’s new
Standing Committee, which has 27 members.
Martial-art Master Le Ngoc
Quang was elected to be secretary general of the Association.
As well as enticing new
blood, the association plans over the next five years to encourage people
studying the sport to promote the quintessence of each different type of martial
To boost development, the
association intends to attract more organisations and individuals and get more
people in the capital interested in the sport.
According to Master Le
Ngoc Quang, deputy secretary general of the previous term, the association
gained the following achievements from 2000 to 2005:
– organised annual
martial art festivals, which in 2004 saw martial arts performances by blind
students at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu Blind School.
– trained many martial
artists to attend international competitions and festivals;
– opened more than 50
training centres in Ha Noi and other provinces, attracting thousands of martial
– introduced martial
arts to be taught in the city’s schools; and
– organised five
training courses for trainers and masters.
Attendees also mentioned
that the association held two courses in 2004 to give 61 martial art teachers
the title of "martial masters". Also, in 2005 the association admitted
members from the former Soviet Union and Vietnamese working abroad.
At the congress, three
martial art schools and three teachers got commendations and awards for their
work. They included Binh Dinh Gia, Thang Long Vo Dao and Nam Hong Son, and three
martial art masters: Tran Hung Quang from Binh Dinh Gia, Nguyen Tî from Nam
Hong Son, and Phan Xuan Binh from Vinh Xuan school. — VNS