woman gets medal for martial arts
HA NOI — A woman from
Scotland is the first non-Vietnamese to win a medal at the annual competition of
the Ha Noi Martial Arts Association.
Marianne Brown, who works
as a sub-editor at Viet Nam News, won a bronze medal for her Tam Thap
Nhi Hinh Thu (a 32-movement routine centred on the use of the hands).
She was the first
foreigner ever to participate in the competition.
After two weeks of
training with a master of the Thieu Lam Hong Gia school of martial arts,
Nguyen Quang Dung, Brown was able to perform at the top of her abilities, Dung
More than 400 martial
artists participated in the competition, representing 16 martial arts clubs,
including Thieu Lam Hong Gia (Shaolin Hunggar), Thieu Lam Son Dong (Shaolin
Shandong), Nam Hong Son, Nam Long Quyen (Southern Dragon) and Thang
Long Vo Dao (Righteous Dragon).
The competition is held
every year with the aim of preserving and improving the citywide practice of
traditional martial arts.
A large audience and
representatives from broadcast and print media attended this year’s 22nd
annual competition, held in the city’s at Trinh Hoai Duc Gymnasium, watching
151 matches and performances in various categories, such as weapons, boxing,
combat and "internal force".
arts have been a quintessential element of the culture and iron will of the
Vietnamese people for over ten centuries," said Dang Danh Tuan, deputy
secretary general of the Viet Nam Martial Arts Federation. — VNS