Young Vietnamese people, witnessing the richness and efficiency of the Cửu Môn Style, asked André Gazur to practise with him. In April 2000, André Gazur had the opportunity to bring together his French and Vietnamese students during a seminar in Hanoi.
Traditional Martial Art
The traditionnal Vietnamese Martial Art was introduced in France at the beginning of the 50s.
It is a very comprehensive discipline, aiming to a full consciousness of one's body through attack and defense techniques (kicks, punches, blockings, throwing out, locks).
These techniques require strength and power, and suppleness and art of dodging too. In the two forms of practising, knowledge of vital points and control of self energy are necessary.
After a few years of training, one studies traditionnal weapons as well : stick, sword, sabre, spear, ...
Everybody can attend the lessons, from children (at least 6 years old) to the elderly. Courses include breathing and concentration exercises, as well as health techniques.
People practising may attend competitions, even on an international level. Nevertheless, competitions are not the main objective. Reaching a good physical and mental harmony, while training as well as in everyday life, is far more important.
Cửu Môn Style
The Cửu Môn Style is based on three families of techniques:
Study and development of the 72 techniques of Bodhidharma, as they were codified by Master Nguyễn Dân Phú for the Thanh Long Style. These are the genuine foundations of the traditionnal Martial Arts : attitude, hand techniques, feet techniques, etc.
Bát Quaí Chưởng (eight hidden hands). This exercise can be done very slowly, as a health technique, close to the chinese Tai Chi. Once one correctly masters movements, moving, and breathing, Bát Quaí Chưởng can be used as a real part of Martial Art. Then, speed and precision make it a formidable fighting technique.
Thuật Dương Lão: health and long life technique, this exercise is beneficial to a good functionning of the organism. It helps to maintain a good harmony of the body, frees from tiredness, eases pain and ensures long life.