Ẩm Hà Tư Nguyên
Uống Nước Sông Nhớ Suối Nguồn
To Drink the River Water - To Remember the Source




       When the Grand-Master Trương-Thanh-Ðăng has had mastered Traditional Martial Arts of Bình-Ðịnh and Martial Arts of Thiếu-Lâm Temple, he founded the Sa-Long-Cuong Drill Hall on the 14th August 1964 in the capital of South Viêt-Nam, he put up a sign on which was wrote down «Sa-Long-Cương - Traditional Martiaux Arts of Bình-Ðịnh and Martial Arts of Thiếu-Lâm Temple». Then, he teached at the same time those two Martial Arts completely different so that to give his Martial Students the opportunity to know them and distinguish between Vietnamese Martial Arts and Chinese Martial Arts. 
       (Cf. Presse Report from journalist Vũ Đình Trường in 1969 at Saigon : "Võ-Đường Sa Long Cương - The Sa Long Cương Drill Hall" - published in the Presse Monthly Magazine VÕ-THUẬT - MARTIAL ARTS, Vol.II N° 8)

       The Teaching Programme from the current International SA-LONG-CƯƠNG System includes - on the quantitative plan - untill 60% Martial Arts from China and only 40% Martial Arts from Bình-Định. However, a certain number of techniques in Codified Sequence from these 40% Martial Arts of Bình-Định have been modified and falsifyed under the usurped name "Official version", moving away from the original.
       Although that is so, it exists some SA-LONG-CƯƠNG Drill Halls who still include in their Teaching Programme other foreign Martial Arts - in this instance the Tai Chi Chuan (Thái-Cực-Quyền), the Tang-Lang Chuan (Đường-Lang Quyền), the Aikido (Hiệp-Khí Đạo), etc. - which have nothing to do with the SA-LONG-CƯƠNG School System, inherent in Bình-Định Traditional Martial Arts.

      It's precisely the lack of Bình-Định Traditional Martial Arts true knowledge which leads to the will to combinate Bình-Định Martial Arts with other foreign Martial Arts in order to acquire a hypothetical maximum effectiveness. This combining is only an utopia ; it only makes reducing the pedagogic quality and the pragmatic efficiency of Bình-Định Traditional Martial Arts.
      It goes without saying that this combinung irremediably causes harm to the Cultural Heritage bequeathed by the Ancients.
      And that's without talking about Vietnamese Martial Studies which will be assimilated by foreign Martial Arts, impoverishing in this way the Humanity Martial Arts Studies, because only Martial Arts Studies from one or a few of rare nations would live on for the humanity.

       The Traditional Martial Arts of Bình-Định belongs to Đại-Việt Battle Fields Martial Arts. They constitute a thousand years old cultural heritage, intimately linked to History.

       Our Bình-Định SA-LONG-CƯƠNG - Võ-Trận Đại-Việt School System in France acting in acordance with the name declared, gives priorrty to conservation of Traditional Martial Arts of Bình-Định from illustrious Grand-Masters of Việt-Nam, Battlefields Martial Arts Lineages and only conserves, in our training programme, the authentic part of Bình-Định Martial Arts from Sa-Long-Cương School System teached by the late Grand-Master TRƯƠNG-Thanh-Đăng.



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