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TAM NGUYEN – The first quyen of the technical programme
(will of the heart / desire of the heart)

In the Tam Nguyen quyen, GM Phan Hoang has encapsulated the origin of VIET Vo Dao and the Vietnamese people. The quyen is deeply rooted in tradition, therefore it proposes an ancient teaching with a modern method and its aim is to give a general vision of our art: the origin, the theory and how we can use it.
It prepares for learning and how to overcome obstacles.

In this way the practitioner can understand if they like this practice or not and, if they decide to continue this path of learning, they still need the will and the passion to be able to understand and know all its applications. It is the quyen that makes us willing to learn.

What this quyen wants to show is the concept at the basis of the Vietnamese Martial Art, which is the “asking ourselves questions” and the method is that of the small fighting against the big, strong and fast.  In order to do this, the small one must feign attacks on low parts (with low positions) and then attack the high parts.

The slow execution is important for the preparation and the choice of strategy.

The opening of the quyen represents the origin of Viet Vo Dao and the mythological history of Vietnam.

The history / The theory

A fairy (upper left hand at the opening of the quyen) representing the sky and harmony, and a dragon (lower right hand) representing the earth and strength, come together and from their union 100 children are born: 50 girls and 50 boys, 50 go south (sea) and 50 go north (mountains).
These met in case of need and from the cooperation between the people of the mountains and those of the sea came evolution (this is the Vietnamese spirit).
As they multiplied, they formed the population of Vietnam.

Why this multiplication

The techniques have to be expanded because the mission is bigger than us, and since the enemy is bigger and stronger than us, we have to devise ways of beating him, and we can only do this by multiplying the forces and techniques exponentially so that the opponent is always surprised, so that he cannot come back to attack us.

There are eight techniques:

1 x 2 =   2 +
3 x 4 =  12 +
5 x 6 =  30 +
7 x 8 =  56 =
100 (the original sons and daughters)


Execution of the form

In the execution of the form, first of all correctness must be sought, i.e. the number of movements must be correct and in the correct sequence, so the execution is slow and careful.

Then the execution is fast and after that there must be strategy and rhythm.

Rhythm is important. Everyone must find their own rhythm despite the situation and break the opponent’s rhythm.

And, in the end there are seven fists – why seven?