Viet Vo Dao "Thien Duong"
The origin of the school of Viet Vo Dao "Thien Duong" is to be found in India. From generation to generation, the school has passed down the legend of how a great art came to be on the territory of Vietnam. This is the legend.
It all began in India, where there were endless wars between various rulers, leading to the wanton destruction of many and many people.
One Brahman, whose name is lost in the depths of the ages, prayed to Lord Krishna to help reconcile the rulers. And Lord Krishna heard this prayer and said to the brahman: "To reconcile all, words are not enough, you must also act. The rulers need to be shown that my power is not equal, and they have forgotten that. To make it happen, I'll teach you to fight both with and without weapons.
I will also teach you how to fight all the difficulties that arise in your path. You must select thirty disciples in various families, and for thirty nights I will teach them to fight with your help, through you, while my martial teaching must go on.
Remember only that my knowledge enters every man while he is still in his mother's womb, and every man has his own way, on which there will be many trials...".
The Brahman selected thirty disciples within three days. They came from different families. The youngest was only six years old, the oldest twenty-seven. Half of the disciples were from rich families, some were peasant children, and two were vagabonds. Brahman led them to the hill.
They were seated near a spring. The brahman himself went to the top of the hill and started praying to Lord Krishna: "Oh, Lord Krishna, I have brought the disciples. They don't know why they came here...".
The disciples watched the brahman. As the sun set, the brahman became all red, and the place where he was standing was white. Lord Krishna heard the brahman's prayer and said to him, "Feed them with fruits from the forest that the monkeys bring. Water them from the spring. Put them to sleep on the hill and meditate on me all night long. In the morning, you will go with them to graze cows and calves. And so every morning for thirty days.
In the evening you will go to the old temple, where after the meal you will put everyone to bed, and you yourself will sit at the altar and begin to write down my words. At this time a flock of monkeys, each carrying a fruit, came running out of the forest. The disciples ran to the top of the hill under the brahman's protection, but immediately stopped when they saw that the monkeys were depositing the fruit in the same place on the bank of the stream.
When he had finished praying, the brahman came down to the disciples, who stood bewildered, looking at the fleeing monkeys. After reassuring them, he said: "Eat these fruits, drink water from the spring, and go to bed." The disciples did so, and the brahman meditated on Lord Krishna all night long.
In the morning, after eating the remaining fruits, the disciples, together with the brahman, proceeded to the raja's palace. The brahman, leaving the disciples at the gate of the palace, went to the steward who asked permission for his disciples to graze cows and calves for thirty days free of charge.
The steward, after thinking about it, agreed. In the evening, after work, the disciples and the brahman went to the old temple for the night. When all fell asleep, the brahman lit a kindle, opened a book, and said: "Lord Krishna, I am ready to carry out your instructions."
So all thirty days passed, the last night came, and no one could sleep. Brahman lit the incense, opened the book, then said: "I have taken all of you from different families; here are children from rich families and poor families, children and mature men.
You have become brothers and cannot live peacefully when your named brother is offended by someone, everyone will always come to the defense of the weak.
Today was our last day together. Tomorrow morning you will all go home, and later you will go to different countries and teach people what you have learned during these nights."
The disciples could not understand what the brahman was talking about and what teaching he was talking about.
"Surely you cannot understand what I am talking about. At night, when you were all asleep, I was telling and writing down what Lord Krishna was saying to me. You were sleeping, but through me Lord Krishna was showing you the movements that will help you survive in this material world. You were taught to fight not only the ailments of the body, but also the society of men.
You have been taught to protect and defend the weak, to help others without any benefit. All your lessons will manifest themselves. Remember one thing, everyone has it all in them, but it's locked away. The key is at the common human fear. Now let's have an exam and a ritual."
Ten years passed, the brahman died, and the book he had written was taken to pieces and appropriated by his rich disciples. The book is still in the form of legends, fairy tales, and tales.
One of the Brahman's disciples got into the territory of modern Vietnam. The emperor's guards were moving towards him. Suddenly, from the top of the hill, the guards were attacked by brigands who instantly crushed the guards.
The brahman's disciple, hearing the noise of the battle, remembered the precepts which said: "If they kill, do not turn away your head, save, though it may cost you your life. Separate those who are fighting, resolve their dispute peacefully."
In a matter of minutes he stopped the battle between the soldiers and the robbers. He put the soldiers to sleep with the help of hypnosis, and using the martial arts techniques given by Lord Krishna, he pacified the robbers.
In the distance the noise of battle was heard. As he ran up there, the brahman disciple saw a group of soldiers taken in a ring, which was rapidly narrowing. The crowd of men who surrounded the stretcher pulled the man out of it and moved toward the forest.
After catching up with the crowd, the apprentice began thinning it out a few at a time. The brigands noticed the strange man, who attacked them alone and was already approaching the emperor, leaving a clearing of corpses behind him.
They rushed back, leaving the emperor tied under a tree, and the whole crowd pounced on the Brahman's disciple. At this time the soldiers, having awoken from hypnosis, captured the remnants of the robbers who had attacked them and moved to the aid of the emperor. Finding the Emperor tied under a tree, they freed him and rushed to the noise of the battle nearby.
Their attention was drawn to a large hill of bandit corpses, on top of which a traveler they had recently encountered was fighting.
Then the emperor, who had come to his senses, ordered them to help the man, and after the battle he called him to his side. The brahman's disciple, having finished with the brigands, approached the emperor and asked: "You called for me?" "Yes, I called you, wayfarer," replied the emperor. - "I want to know who you are and where you are coming from."
- "I am a poor wanderer, and I come from India, which is west of here."
- "How did you get here."
- "I have come to see how people live here, besides to learn what I do not know myself and to teach what they do not know here," replied the Hindu.
The simplicity of the answer pleased the emperor, and he asked: "Tell me, who taught you to fight like that? After all, there were several times as many of these brigands as there were men in my guard, and you wiped them all out?"
- "It is very simple. Because they were preaching violence, and this is like a rock that gets water inside and, freezing at night, destroys the rock. I just accelerated that process. Every person is a rock. I am just water flowing from the top of a mountain, destroying many rocks like this one in its path.
I've said it all, it's time for me to move on.
And he took the staff and the bundle from the soldier's hands, but the emperor stopped him. - "Listen, wanderer, teach my soldiers your skills. I will pay any money, I will appoint you to a high position in the palace."
The Hindu, grinning, replied, "Why should I need stolen gold and an assassin's place in your palace. Better feed your people and make them rich. Then you will understand why your people marched against you."
In anger, the emperor shouted at him, "Do you even know who you are dealing with, you impudent man?"
Without turning around, the brahman's disciple replied briefly, "With his imperial majesty. Yes, I almost forgot to tell you, I was taught by my God.
The next morning, on the bank of a small river, the Hindu was praying. Everything was sunk into slumber. He sat like a statue, birds sat on his head to brush their feathers. When he had finished praying, the Hindu took a bath in the river.
Suddenly an anxious echo rushed through the treetops. It sounded like a woman's cry, coming from across the river. Without thinking long, jumping over the river, the Hindu ran through the jungle in a single leap.
On a small piece of cultivated land in the middle of the jungle one could see the following picture.
In the middle of the plantation a group of armed men crowded together, from behind which a woman's cry for help could be heard. From a nearby hut a child's cry could be heard.
Near the hut lay a murdered man with a stick in his hands. The brahman's disciple had attacked the guards with unprecedented fury, so that nothing but corpses were falling around.
Alas, he arrived late; the woman was already dead. After burying the poor people not far from the hut, the Hindu took the boy in his arms and said: "I will teach him what you, Lord Krishna, have given me.
At this time, the emperor who had saved him returned to the capital and instituted reforms to alleviate the situation of his subjects. Taxes were reduced. The country began to unite around the emperor. Having finished his business, the emperor sent messengers to look for the Hindu.
He was found on the shore of the ocean, where he and an orphan were cultivating a small piece of land. A scroll was handed to the Hindu on behalf of the emperor. It read: "Dear stranger, I have thought over your words about my people and have changed my attitude toward my duties. I ask you to come to the palace for an important discussion.
After reading the invitation, the Hindu agreed to the trip, but only after he had harvested the plantation. Two weeks later, the emperor and the Hindu had a conversation at the palace.
They talked about various topics, but mostly about how to train the emperor's guards and bodyguards.
"I agree to teach your soldiers the martial arts that I know. But I do not want money or rewards, nor do I want ranks. Ego will only hinder learning," the Hindu said.
Three months had passed since the Guardsmen began their training, but it was not going the way the Hindu wanted. The local people of Pyla were alien to their faith in Lord Krishna. And so the Hindu decided to turn to various clergymen and monks to create a philosophy that would be understandable to the emperor's guards.
Three Buddhist monks were chosen.
The Buddha was the incarnation of Lord Krishna, who came to earth to stop the senseless killing of animals.
By inviting these Buddhists, the Hindu understood that a true school is created through sincere faith in the true god, not in demigods.
The Buddhists agreed to help him. Thus began the formation of the philosophy of the style that would later be called "Imperial."
After a year of working together, a ladder of skill was created. There were sixteen steps in it. In addition to these steps there was a qualification on the ten-point system. This system was used to measure the ability of students in comparison to other styles.