YI-KING DO HISTORY
Master LÊ Thai Thanh will create Yi-King Do, Vietnam Thai Cuc Quyen, in 1977. Master LÊ Thai Thanh was born on June 12, 1951 in Hanoi, Vietnam and left us on June 13, 2010.
LÊ Thai Thanh has always attached great importance to traditions. He kept reminding us that without "traditional" work we cannot evolve and that we must consider it as a source of ideas and improvement.
Technical knowledge is a finality which draws all its essence and meaning from "traditional" work. Despite its recent existence, "Vietnam Thai Cuc Quyen" does not claim to be a modern martial art. For Master LÊ this does not mean much, the important thing is the men and women who work for the well-being of all in a spirit of sharing.
Master LÊ Thai Thanh simply wanted to found a martial art, respecting the Vietnamese tradition, likely according to him to bring together all that he had learned (Thai Cuc Dao, Kung-fu, Free Boxes, etc.). These disciplines, which in principle are difficult to federate with each other, have been brought together by what they have in common, regardless of their technical differences.
Master Falakiko Tuhimutu as "Kiko". Master Falikiko, was born in Falaleu (Hahake) in Polynesia, in 1965. He left us on February 13, 2012.
Martial arts have always held an important place in his life.
In 1977 in Noumea he started martial arts with Taekwondo and English Boxing. Then in 1983 after coming to metropolitan France, he began to practice Shokotan-Ryu Karate, Thai Boxing and Full Contact. In 1985, he completed his experience with Vietnamese free boxing Votudo, the Thieu Lam.
It was in 1987 that he discovered Yi-King Do through his meeting with master LÊ Thaï Thanh. He participated in the first Yi-King Do club in 1988.
First disciple of Master LÊ Thai Thanh he was the representative and the right arm of the school for more than 20 years. Before the death of the founding master, he officially became his successor in 2006, Master LÊ Thai Thanh created the Yi-King Do and Master Kiko gave him the soul he has today.
Michel GRANGER. Michel Granger was born on June 08, 1958 at Maison Carrée, now El-Harrach, a suburb of Algiers in Algeria.
As a child, in 1969, he discovered martial arts through the practice of judo. He then practiced several martial disciplines (Thai boxing, full contact, Kung-Fu Thieu Lâm Têu) and then discovered Yi-King Do and became a disciple of Master LÊ Thai Thanh, founder, and more than disciple and friend with Master Kiko.
Michel GRANGER will take over at the request of the family of Maître LÊ Thai Thanh and in close collaboration with them, the responsibility for the school and the Yi-King Do clubs after the disappearance of Maïtre Kiko.
Yi-King Do is a Vietnamese martial art, a style that draws its essence from a thousand-year-old science: Yi-King.
By founding "VIETNAM THAI CUC QUYEN" or "YI KING DO", master LE Thai Thanh first wanted to bequeath to his children a cultural heritage. Subsequently, he wished to share with them and all his practitioners the love for his country through a tool, which he himself describes as educational: Martial Art.
Master LE Thai Thanh was born in 1951 in Hanoi and left us on June 13, 2010. He spent his childhood in South Vietnam and, at the age of 12, became a pupil of Master MI in Saigon. He taught him "Hong Kuen", "Wing Chun" and "Yi-King" as well as internal energy work. Subsequently, master LE studied "Kung Fu" with master HANG Thangh then "Karate Shotokan", "Tae Kwon Do" and finally "Hwarang Do".
After the Saigon's fall, in April 1975, master LE Thai Thanh left Vietnam to go to 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 immigrants living in this home, master LÊ Thai Thanh does not speak French and encounters difficulties in cultural and economic integration. He will first of all abandon the Martial Arts to devote himself exclusively to his family and provide for their needs.
Very shy, as are many Vietnamese people who are discreet people, he favors above all the education of his children and particularly the learning of his native language. This is where, far from his country of origin, from the family left in Canada, he wishes to rebuild a "Vietnamese" universe as he says and seeks a way to get closer to his roots.
To achieve his goal, he devotes himself again to the intensive practice of Martial Arts thanks to which he will draw courage and mental strength. Daily, Quyens and other exercises of internal strength make him forget his worries and allow him to find the mental of "warrior" (winner) which was his in Vietnam.
When his eldest son, six, asked him to join a karate club in Châteauroux, he took refuge in his convictions and the love of his country. He then exposes to him all the interest he sees in preserving their Vietnamese culture, and explains to him that there too we know the art of combat.
This is how he decides to train his young son, above all for fun, but above all out of the eyes of others. It was probably at this time that the beginnings of Yi-King Do appeared.
His daily training and his combat history in Vietnam provide master LE Thai Thanh with food for thought on the content of his practice and points of comparison with the teaching of martial arts in the West. Thus, he quickly realizes that, according to the schools, sweeps (mowing) are prohibited, punches are limited (not given freely), that the French federations of martial arts are reluctant as to the use of knees and elbows and finally falls and seizures are almost the prerogative of Judo. Above all, he sees a clear differentiation between traditional martial arts, foot-fist combat sports and self-defense, although things have changed.
Finally, he considers that learning martial arts in Europe is too influenced by Western culture. If it seems obvious to him to adapt the techniques to the morphology of the Westerners, he finds on the other hand harmful to neglect the traditions and the cultures which convey these martial arts. Thus, from then on, he set out to teach a martial art respectful and faithful to the principles and values of his country of origin.
Meanwhile, master LÊ meets other Vietnamese masters in France who, like him, want to promote the specifics of this Vietnamese "martial" culture within France. These meetings will prove fundamental for the foundation of his fighting technique. The very idea of referring to his country of origin in the purest tradition of Vietnamese martial arts is deeply engraved on his conscience. However, before spreading his art and out of respect for them, he would consult his first masters, even going as far as Canada, for fear of creating a martial art considered far from Vietnamese roots.
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