Japanese Kendo practitioners, sumo wrestlers and karate artists will have performances at the fifth International Festival of Vietnamese Martial Arts in the central province of Binh Dinh, a birthplace of traditional martial arts “Viet Vo Dao”.

As planned, they will show off their skills in An Nhon commune, districts of Tuy Phuoc and Tay Son, and Quy Nhon city.

During the four-day event, Binh Dinh will also play host to a photo exhibition, a street and cuisine festival.

“Viet Vo Dao”, or Vovinam, based on the principle of harmony between hard and soft, was founded by grandmaster Nguyen Loc less than a hundred years ago during the French colonisation in Vietnam. He developed the martial arts mainly for self-defence that uses force and reaction of the opponent in the fighting.

Practiced in around 50 countries worldwide, the traditional martial arts involves kicking, throwing, punching and escape-and levering techniques.-VNA