Master PHAN HOANG
THE ART OF PEACE-SWORD
INTRODUCTION- For centuries, the sword has been a weapon and a symbol of superiority. Although the beauty of some kinds of swords is very attractive, the main purpose of a sword still was a tool of killing. Therefore the techniques of majority of sword schools are based on fighting and killing. In such environment, it is hard for the practitioners to really keep their mind to be peaceful. They often understand peaceful focused mind is for wining superiority over the opponent. Nowadays, our modern society needs more strong and peaceful women and men than belligerent people.
WHAT IS VIET-CHI-KIEM, THE ART OF PEACE WORD?
This discipline is an art for Peace. The sword in VIET-CHI-KIEM is made of wood, which is the opposite to steel. Wood is a symbol of Peace. When fighting is needed Viet-Chi-Kiem techniques could prove to be very strong in counter-attack against a metal sword, still all trainings and techniques of Viet-Chi-Kiem are based on the purposes of Peace. Peaceful mind , and peaceful life are the aims of Viet-Chi-Kiem. Physical development, technical skills, strategy building, inner energy training, mental training, all are guided by Peace Spirit. Viet-Chi-Kiem is NOT another school of Sword, it is another way to consider the art of the sword. Rooted in the ancient Vietnamese art of the sword, VIET-CHI-KIEM is now a new discipline with a modern edge of research: A way of Peace, Self-development, and Happiness.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF PRACTISING VIET-CHI-KIEM? The practice of VIET-CHI-KIEM brings us joy, discipline, confidence, inner energy, and peace in life.
DESCRIPTION OF PEACE-SWORDS VIET-CHI-KIEM.
There are three types of swords in VIET-CHI-KIEM for different purposes.
The length of blade depends on the height of the user; it is about the length from the first joint of the fingers to the end of the arm. The standard is of 60 centimeters.
Length of handle is equal to two times of the fist of the user.
The shield between blade and handle is in oval form (like a flower, the best is with 8 petals)
Type 1. HANH-KIEM (Hành-Kiếm) - Wooden sword for all practices, inner energy and combat training. This is the most usual form of Peace-sword for many occasions.
For advanced practitionners there are two other categories.
Type 2. TAM-KIEM (Tâm-Kiếm) - Wooden sword of advanced practitionners for training in meditation, self-healing.
Type 3. TUONG-KIEM (Tuợng-Kiếm) – Sword made of steel for leaders and masters.
The wooden training sword HANH-KIEM is the easiest to be made with less formal requirement. However standard for solidity, simplicity, and beauty should be respected.
The wooden sword TAM-KIEM should be made with a wood of excellent quality.
In Vietnam, there is a wood named the Mun, western visitors in the 17th century once named it the iron wood . Another good wood well known in South Vietnam is named Cam-Lai. That is the reason why, in our jargon, we also call our good wooden Viet-Chi-Kiem Sword the “Cam-Lai-Kiem”. In Western countries, the wood of oak is recommended among others of high quality.
CHI-KIEM is for short, the full name is VIET-CHI-KIEM: The Ultimate Sword for Peace.
THE MOTTO of Viet-Chi-Kiem: HONOR and VISION