A performance of Vietnamese traditional martial art (Vovinam) was staged on May 4 night at Unil sports centre, Lausanne city, Switzerland.

The fighters come from the Son Long Quyen Thuat section of the Vovinam International Federation.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen The Phiet underlined the thousand-year history of the Vietnamese traditional martial art, which, he said, is part of the country’s cultural heritage and pride during the national construction and defence.

A sport official of Lausanne said Son Long Quyen Thuat has been practiced by many Swiss people of different ages to improve their health.

Talking with the Vietnamese New Agency’s correspondent, Philippe Clement, President of Son Long Quyen Thuat school in Switzerland, said the school was founded in 1947 in France by the late martial arts instructor Nguyen Duc Moc.

Vovinam is not only a kind of sports but also a mean of practicing the art of living, he said, expressing his hope that martial art will continue to be popularised in his country.-VNA