Vo Binh Dinh

Vo Binh Dinh is a Vietnamese martial art. this Vietnamese martial art style is based on the assumption that the opponent is not Vietnamese, so they are going to be taller and heavier (most of the time). With this in mind the fighters constantly move, change movements and positions. While doing this, a lot of their fighting is done with counter-strikes to the attacking arm or leg.

Vo : “Martial Arts”.
Binh Dinh stands for the Binh Dinh Province in Vietnam

Vo Binh Dinh originates from the Binh Dinh province, one of two provinces that formerly constituted the province of Nghia Binh. Also referred to as the traditional martial arts of Vietnam, it is known for its various elbow and staff techniques. The date is not clear when Vo Binh Dinh was founded, but is believed to be in the 18th century.

There is no single founder for Vo Binh Dinh. Many of its practitioners credit the leadership of Nguyen Hue and his two brothers: Nguyen Nhac and Nguyen Lu. Under Hue’s leadership, warriors from Binh Dinh took part in what is now known as the Tay Son Uprising.

This rebellion led to the unification of Viet Nam at that time and Nguyen Hue became King Quang Trung. He went on to defeat the Chinese Qing invaders in the North in an epic battle still celebrated in the country today. During the time of the French colonization some of the tradition was lost because all martial arts activity was forbidden.

The Vo Binh Dinh technique assumes that the opponent is non-Vietnamese, therefore larger and heavier, and teaches the martial artist to move quickly and continously.