CHUONG QUAN KHI DAO
The Chuong Quan Khi Dao is a school that originated from the Federation of Qwan Ki Do (also called Qwankido or Quan Khi Dao).
Its purpose is to regroup all the Qwan ki do clubs (French and foreign) that whish to practice their art within a serene environment. It is composed of motivated and dedicated volunteers, and keeps itself free of excessive administrative and financial constraints.
The Chuong Quan Khi Dao school is not organized as a federation on its own, due to the convinction that the skills and performances of the adepts to the Vietnamese Martial Arts (independent of the particular school and style) can only be credibly recognized within the framework of a Vietnamese Martial Arts Federation, that is in turn recognized by the State (State certificate, certification of professionality, official grades, state of high-level sportsman/woman,…).
On the 1 st of July 2004, in a letter addressed to all of the officially recognized Vietnamese Martial Arts (AMV) clubs, the MINISTERY FOR YOUTH, SPORTS AND ASSOCIATIVE LIFE designated the Federation of Traditional Vietnamese Martial Arts (FAMTV) as a regrouping structure for the AMV.
The goal of this regrouping is to eventually obtain, the recognition of the AMV (agreement followed by delegation) by the State.
The clubs of the Chuong Quan Khi Dao School affiliated to the French Karate and Affine Martial Arts (FFKAMA) prior to the 1 st of July 2004 have since joined the FAMTV
Faithful to their commitment for the recognition of the AMV, the clubs of Chuong Quan Khi Dao play an active role in the life of this federation as well as in its sportive events, as they have done before in other structures.
History of the French Qwan Ki Do Federation
The French Qwan Ki Do Federation was created in 1981, the aim of the federation being the development of the method created by the Master Pham Xuan Tong: the Qwan Ki Do (or Qwankido). New legal reglementations induced the federation to change its name, which in 1988 became: "Qwan Ki Do France".
In 1995 the federation split as a result of internal quarrels and was dissolved in 1996.
History of the Chuong Quan Khi Dao school
In 1995 deep disagreements concerning the administrative and financial organization of the federation led to the dissolution of the Qwan Ki Do France. At that point, its 3000 practicants split into 3 groups:
Those who founded the French Union of Traditional Associates of Quan Khi Dao for continuing the Qwan Ki Do under the authority of the Master. Between 1500 and 1750 practicants
Those who abandoned definitively the Qwan Ki Do or turned themselves towards other disciplines (Karate, Vietnamese Martial Arts…). Average 1000 practicants.
Those who founded the National Quan Khi Dao Union ( UNQKD ) for the purpose of continuing the Qwan Ki Do, without any longer being under the authority of the Master. The National Union of Quan Khi Dao ( literary version of the Qwan Ki Do) comprehended in the average 1000 practicants.
Constitution of the UNQKD
The grouping within the National Quan Khi Dao Union is organized by a group of senior pupils having achieved the highest degrees and the highest functions in the former Qwan Ki Do federation.
The essential objectives of the National Quan Khi Dao Union are: disentanglement from the Master's authority, continuation of the practice of the Qwan Ki Do and affiliation to a federation having delegative character (the choice has logically been the French Karate and Affine Martial Arts Federation).
The National Quan Khi Dao Union thus functions as an amicable supervision structure, which coordinates the activities of the associated clubs and safeguards their common interests.
The term "Chuong Quan Khi Dao"
After the two groups (the National Quan Khi Dao Union and the French Union of Traditional Quan Khi Dao Associations) joined the French Federation of Karate and Affine Martial Arts, the National Technical Director, at that time Guy SAUVIN, asked us to modify our name, so that we could be better differentiated from the other groups.
We chose to add the term Chuong, which completes the term Quan: Chuong Quan = to direct. The choice of this term had been influenced by the fact that the Master Pham Xuan Tong had chosen the name Qwan Ki Do (literary version: Quan Khi Dao) to honor the memory of his Master Chau Qwan Ky. Adding the term Chuong thus allowed to keep the spirit which had prevailed in the choice of the initial name.
The translation of Chuong Quan Khi Dao is: the path of the control of the energy. The Chuong Quan Khi Dao is thus not a style, but rather a school which practices the Qwan Ki Do.
The origin of Qwan Ki Do
The Qwan Ki Do (or "Qwankido") is a martial art rooted in the history of Chinese -Vietnamese combat arts. The activity is based on the traditional practices, but has also enriched itself by several forms of modern agonistic competitions, such as the naked hand duel fight, the duel fight with weapons and the technical performances in solo or duo form.
The main techniques and tactics of the method have been introduced in France by the Master Pham Xuân Tong in 1968. These fundamental teachings had been transmitted to him by the Chinese Master Châu Quan Ky (1895-1968), who directed the school of the tiger claw and of the crane of mount Nga Mi, in Gia Dinh ( Vietnam ), in 1961. The method taught by Master Châu Quan Ky has much evolved since its introduction in France . It has, in fact, undeniably been exposed to Vietnamese and Occidental influences. The Vietnamese influences stem essentially from the contributions of Master Pham Xuan Tong, based on knowledge acquired from Vietnamese experts in Vietnam and France . The Occidental influences have been derived essentially from the training methods developed by the Sport Sciences.
The Qwan Ki Do (or "Qwankido") uses techniques of percussion (feet, fists, elbows, knees), techniques of prehension (grips, projections), techniques of sweepings , various weapons (long stick, short sticks, sabre, broadsword , Long-Gian, triple stick, chain, swallow knife, butterfly knife, war-fan , axe, halberd…) The " Quyen ", detailed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs "Song Luen" are used to express these techniques.
Today, the competitions include the following categories: technique, feet-fist fight, Long Gian fight, long stick fight.