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Master LÊ Thai Thanh
The Yi-King Do
The Yi-King Do is a vietnamese martial art, a style which drows its quintessence from a millenary science : the Yi-King.
The Yi-King Do, Vietnam Thai Cuc Quyen, was created by Master LÊ Thai Thanh in 1977. Master LÊ Thai Thanh is born in 1951, June the 12th at Hanoï and leave us in 2010, June the 13th.
LÊ Thai Thanh always has been very careful to tradition. He never stoped to remember that without "traditionnal" work, we can't change and that we must consider it as a source of ideas and development.
The technical knowledge is a finality which draws its essence and meaning in "traditionnal" work.
Despite its recent existence, the 'Vietnam Thai Cuc Quyen "not intended to be a modern martial art. For master LÊ, this does not say much, the important thing is the men and women who work for the welfare of everybody in a spirit of sharing.
Master LÊ Thai Thanh simply wanted to create a martial art, in accordance with the Vietnamese tradition, likely to join all what he had learned (Thai Cuc Dao, Kung Fu, free Boxes, etc.). These disciplines, which in principle are difficult to unite, were united by what they have in common, regardless of their technical differences.
Master Kiko, first disciple of Master Le Thanh Thai was the representative, the soul of the school over 20 years. He left us in February 2012. Master LÊ Thai Thanh established the Yi-King Do and Master Do Kiko gave him the soul it has today.
Martial Arts History
In founding the " THAI VIETNAM QUYEN CUC " or " YI KING DO " master LE Thai Thanh first wanted to leave his children a cultural heritage . Subsequently, he wanted to share with them and all its practitioners love for his country through a tool , he described himself to education ; Martial Art.
eMaster LE Thai Thanh was born in 1951 in Hanoi and he left on June 13 , 2010. He spent his childhood in South Vietnam and, at the age of 12, became a student of master MI Saigon. It taught him the "Hong Kuen", the "Wing Chun" and the "Yi-King" and also the work of internal energy. Thereafter, master LE studied the "Kung Fu" with master HANG Thangh then the "Shotokan Karate ", the "Tae Kwon Do" and finally the "Hwarang Do" .
After the fall of Saigon in April 1975 master LE Thai Thanh left Vietnam for the United States, where he joined part of his family. In 1977 he emigrated to France where he was welcomed with his family in a foster home in Châteauroux. Like other Vietnamese migrants living in this home, master LE Thai Thanh did not speak a word of French and encounters difficulties of cultural and economic integration. It will initially ignored the Martial Arts to devote himself to his family and provide for them.
Grand shy, so are many Vietnamese who are discreet people, he favors above all the education of her children and especially learning his native language. This is where, far from his home country, the family left Canada, he wants to rebuild a world that "Vietnamese" as he says, and looking for ways to get closer to its roots.
To achieve his goal, he devoted himself again to the intensive practice of Martial Arts through which it will draw courage and mental strength. Daily quyens (forms) and other internal strength exercises make us forget his worries and allow him to regain his mind to "warrior" (winner) that was his Vietnam.
When his eldest son, six years old, asks him to enroll in a Karate club in Chateauroux, he takes refuge in his convictions and love of his country. He then tells him he sees the interest in preserving their Vietnamese culture, and explains that there too the combat art we know.
Thus he decides to train his younger son, for the pleasure of all, but especially from the eyes of others. That's probably time that appeared the beginnings of Yi-King Do.
THE BIRTH "Vietnam Thai Cuc Quyen" or "Yi-King Do"
His daily training and his past fighting in Vietnam to provide master LE Thai Thanh subjects of reflection on the content of his practice and benchmarks with teaching martial arts in the West. Thus, he realizes very quickly that, in schools, scans (mowing) are prohibited, the punches are limited (not freely given), the French federations of martial arts are reluctant about the use of blows of knees and elbows and finally falls and foreclosures are almost the preserve of Judo. He noted especially a clear differentiation between traditional martial arts, combat sports and hand-foot self-defense, although things have changed.
Finally, it considers that learning martial arts in Europe is too influenced by Western culture. If it is obvious to adapt the techniques to the morphology of Westerners, it is harmful in contrast to neglect the traditions and cultures that convey these martial arts. Thus, therefore, it seeks to teach a martial art respectful and faithful to the principles and values of his country.
Meanwhile, master LE meeting in France other Vietnamese masters who, like him, want to promote the specifics of this culture "martial" Vietnamese in France. These meetings will prove fundamental to the foundation of his fighting technique. The very idea of referring to his country of origin in the tradition of Vietnamese martial arts is etched deep in his consciousness. However, before spreading his art and respect for them, he will consult his first teachers, even going for it to Canada for fear of creating a martial art considered remote Vietnamese roots.