The Cultural Heritage
of Traditional Martial Arts Studies





Battlefield Martial Arts Lineages

Bình-Định Tây-Sơn




Đức Lưu Quang
Đức Độ Tỏa Sáng
The Virtue Lights up


        When we talk about the subject of Việt-Nam's Traditional Martial Arts Schools, and above all those of «Battle Fields Martial Arts - Võ Trận» from Bình-Định's Martial Arts Lands, we must absolutely talk about «Martial Arts Lineages of Origin - Dòng Võ Gốc», that means Martial Arts Lineages which could enjoy authentic Vietnamese Martial Arts School System inherited from Father to Son in a true transmission.

Grand Master Nguyễn-Văn-Trá
« Khiển Phạn »
Martial Arts Lineage

Grand Master Phạm-Thi
« Khiển Tường »
Martial Arts Lineage

Grand Master Hà-Hân
« Xả Đàng Hà-Hân »
Martial Arts Lineage

Grand Master Lâm-Đình-Thọ
« Hương Kiểm Lài »
Martial Arts Lineage



      The Martial Art studies in Việt-Nam was forged by Five Great Schools Systems :
          1. The « Võ Lâm », Martial Arts from Forests (understood : Martial Arts from Aventurers) ; ;
          2. The « Võ Kinh », Martial Arts from Imperial Capital
          3. The « Võ Cổ-Truyền », Martial Arts from Warlike Tradition
          4. The « Võ Phật-Gia-Quyền », Martial Arts from Buddhists, developed under LÝ Dynasty (1009 ~ 1225) ;
         5. The « Võ Thiếu-Lâm-Tự », Martial Arts from Shao-Lin Temple, imported under SONG Dynasty (960 ~ 1279) and MING Dynasty (1368 ~ 1644).
          The Ancients called them briefly by : Lâm - Kinh -Truyền - Phật-Gia Quyền - Thiếu-Lâm-Tự.

       Thus obviously, except for the whole difference concerning the Martial Arts concept from School System of Shaolin Temple (Võ Thiếu-Lâm-Tự), the Four School System : 1. Võ Lâm ; 2. Võ Kinh ; 3. Võ Cổ-Truyền ; 4. Võ Phật-Gia Quyền from Việt people present also notable differences concerning the Martial Arts concept.

      And since the advance of military campaigns towards the South in Posterior LÊ (called of the Restoration) under the reign of Emperor LÊ-Thánh-Tông - 黎聖宗 (1460-1497), after the conquest of Vijya CItadel (Đò-Bàn), capital of Champa, in the pacified region named Bình-Định, this « Võ Cổ-Truyền » quoted previously, inherent in Martial Arts of millenium Warlike from Việt people was able to forge the exceptional Traditional Martial Arts of Bình-Định (iVõ Thuật Cổ-Truyền Bình-Định), it was precisely the Battlefields Martial Art of Bình-Định (Võ Trận Bình-Định).

      Then in Tây-Sơn Dynasty Period (1778-1802), this Võ Trận Bình-Định was studied with meticulous care and resolutely developped for war and has been a resounding reputation throughout valiant and heroic vctories in the history.

      That why, Grand Masters as PHẠM-THI (Martial Arts Lneage from Commander TƯỜNG), Ba-PHONG (Martial Arts Lneage from Commanders PHẠN & THI), LÂM-Ngọc-Phú (Martial Arts Lneage from Notable LÀI), HÀ-Trọng-THẤT (Martial Arts Lneage from Mayor HÀ-Hân), etc. have quoted it praises under the appellation well-deserved : Võ Trận Bình-Định Tây-Sơn.

      In nowadays, descendants from illustrious Masters of Generalissimos and Warriors of bygone days, having braved so much troubles for succeeding to hand down the « Battlefields Martial Arts » to the posterity, edifying a Cultural Heritage of Martial Arts Studies infinitely precious from Việt peuple .Troughout the vicissitudes of History, the few which lives on in nowadays demand us, consequently, a Conscientious Preservation and an Appropriate Restoration with a view to a lucid and lasting development.



       A - Battlefield Martial Arts Lineage from « Commander PHẠM-Tường »

       B - Battlefield Martial Arts Lineage from « Commander PHẠN & Commander THI »

       C - Battlefield Martial Arts Lineage from « Xả ĐÀNG HÀ-Hân »

       D - Battlefield Martial Arts Lineage from « Hương-Kiểm LÀI »





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