Saigon caters to a lot of different hobbies and activities including martial arts

Different martial arts in Vietnam are practised by different religious groups. Two of the more traditional forms are Nam Huỳnh Đạo and Vovinam. Vietnam has also adopted other Asian martial art schools such as Chinese kung fu and Korean taekwondo, karate and boxing.

The sport attracts a lot of young Vietnamese who tend to go for Vovinam, karate, judo, Nam Huỳnh Đạo and taekwondo. The focus for them is not to fight but to strengthen muscles, to keep the body flexible and to keep the mind calm. Elderly Vietnamese prefer to practise Tai Chi (Thái Cực Quyền), which originated from Chinese kung fu. Thái Cực Quyền is a combination of slow movements and stable breathing rhythms. Tai chi is also believed to enhance stamina and flexibility and prolong life. If you wander in any park early in the morning, you will be sure to catch a group of elderly people practising Thái Cực Quyền.

Boxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) are getting more popular in Vietnam and some of the leading fitness centres will provide coaching and proper facilities.

If you’re planning to learn self defense or up your game, you can check some of the gyms around the city.

Where can I practise martial arts in District 1?

Nam Chơn Temple

29 Tran Quang Khai, Tan Dinh, D1; +84 8 6860 8040

World of Martial Arts Vietnam

Thu Khoa Huan, D1

38 Nguyen An Ninh, Ben Thanh, D1

Aikibudo - Hiệp khí võ đạo Việt Nam

C79 Nguyen Trai, D1; +84 93 504 77 70

Where can I practise martial arts in District 2?

UFC Gym Vietnam

Floor 3 - Thao Dien Pearl, 12 Quoc Huong, Thao Dien, D2; +84 1800 6995

Where can I practise martial arts in Other Districts?

Câu lạc bộ Karate-do Butoku

https://facebook.com/karate4e/

92 Ton That Thuyet, D4; +84 9 0949 2707

Saigon Sports Club

http://www.saigonsc.vn/

514B Huynh Tan Phat, Binh Thuan, D7; +84 28 3773 0514

MMA GYM FITNESS CENTER

Mmagym.vn

285 Vo Van Tan, D3; +84 9 2223 3379

198 Nguyen Tri Phuong, D10; +84 8 8899 9607

Dojo VOVINAM

41222 Su Van Hanh, D10

For more information on martial arts go to Where to Learn Martial Arts in HCMC

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