Martial arts festival held in Vietnam

7th Aug 2012

The fourth International Festival of Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts has been held in the central province of Binh Dinh.

The event was attended by more than 1,300 martial arts instructors and practitioners from 27 countries and territories from around the world.

Martial arts students, practitioners and instructors marked an impressive opening ceremony by kneeling in front of the King Quang Trung statue on the central stage, as a dim light accompanied drumbeats and the clang of gongs to create a sacred atmosphere.

Quang Trung, also known as Nguyen Hue, reigned between 1752 and 1792 and made Binh Dinh martial arts popular after going to war against the Chinese Qing invasion in North Vietnam.

Vietnam's deputy prime minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said: "Vietnamese traditional martial arts developed when the Vietnamese people were protecting the nation against foreign invaders. Now, they have become a part of our national cultural heritage."

Le Huu Loc, the provincial People's Committee chairman, added: "It is a great honour for Binh Dinh - the birthplace of martial arts - to host the international martial arts festival.

"The festivals have become larger and more spectacular since the first one was organised in 2006."

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