Myanmar national vovinam referees (Photo: baovanhoa.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - Myanmar has introduced the traditional Vietnamese martial art vovinam in the curricula of six national sport academies in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Madalay, Mon, Rayah, Shon and Sagain.

Myanmar’s sports ministry and the martial art federation have chosen to develop the sport in the long-term.

Myanmar plans to host the Southeast Asian Vovinam Championship in July and vovinam will also be on the docket at the Southeast Asian Students Sports Festival in December in Nay Pyi Taw.

On June 5, the Vietnam Vovinam Federation worked with Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports and Myanmar Martial Art Federation to hold a training programme for Myanmar’s vovinam referees.

Vovinam is practised with and without weapons. It is based on a balance of hard and soft motions and actions. The martial art technique includes training of the body and mind and uses hand motions, elbows, kicks as well as escape and levering techniques.

Vovinam was founded by late grandmaster Nguyen Loc in Hanoi in 1938. It has more than 2 million practitioners in nearly 70 countries.-VNA