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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.
Nam Chơn Temple
29 Tran Quang Khai, Tan Dinh, D1; +84 8 6860 8040
World of Martial Arts Vietnam
Aikibudo - Hiệp khí võ đạo Việt Nam
C79 Nguyen Trai, D1; +84 93 504 77 70
UFC Gym Vietnam
Floor 3 - Thao Dien Pearl, 12 Quoc Huong, Thao Dien, D2; +84 1800 6995
Câu lạc bộ Karate-do Butoku
92 Ton That Thuyet, D4; +84 9 0949 2707
Saigon Sports Club
514B Huynh Tan Phat, Binh Thuan, D7; +84 28 3773 0514
MMA GYM FITNESS CENTER
285 Vo Van Tan, D3; +84 9 2223 3379
198 Nguyen Tri Phuong, D10; +84 8 8899 9607
For more information on martial arts go to Where to Learn Martial Arts in HCMC