History of Nhất-Nam
The history of Vietnam spans thousands of years. Over the centuries the Vietnamese suffered many attacks from the Chinese and Mongol armies. They have fought for independence even in our times – first, with French colonialists, later with the US army. That is why the martial arts are such importance for the culture of this country.
Since the XI century there has been an academy (or university) of martial arts in the capital, formally known as Thang Long city but today known as Hanoi. Moreover, Vietnamese martial arts were taught in “family” schools; Nhất-Nam is one of them. Due to historical difficulties it is hard to say exactly when this martial art was founded and who the first founder of it was. Nhất-Nam was mentioned for the first time in sources dating from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. For a long time only a few people knew the secrets of this original martial art. In 1980 enthusiasts of martial arts had an opportunity to get acquainted with this ancient school of martial arts – the head of the school, Professor Ngo Xuan Binh organized the first demonstrations and seminars, also wrote books and articles on Nhất-Nam.
In 1990 members of the school were invited to Minsk, later to Moscow. In 1991 the head of the school Professor Ngo Xuan Binh and his disciple Master Tran Phu Cu visited Lithuania. In 1994 the first Lithuanian club “Nhất-Nam” was founded in Vilnius. Now there are four clubs in different regions of Lithuania. In 1999 the Lithuanian Nhất-Nam federation was established.
We try to develop not only martial aspects of Nhất-Nam, but we are also interested in sports and well-being. Every year we organize summer camps, seminars and exams. Also our disciples celebrate different festivals together and have creative activities. Nhất-Nam is an original martial system, which cannot be confused with any other school of martial arts.