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Aikido as its name is the way or the path (do) to harmonize (ai) the spirit or energy (ki). Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba, commonly known as O’Sensei (“Great Teacher”). Right from the start, Aikido has been attracting a large amount of practitioners and has been growing swiftly in the world in general and particularly in Vietnam.

Võ sư Đăng Thông Trị

Dang Thong Tri Sensei

Aikido was introduced to Vietnam in 1958 from France by Dang Thong Tri Sensei (Master). In 1960, he founded Vietnam Aiki-Judo Organization.

At the beginning of the year 1961, Mutsuro Nakazono Shihan (8th Dan) arrived from Japan in order to spread Aikido in Vietnam. In mid-1962, Vietnam had the first generation of Aikidokas (Aikido practitioners) with the rank of Shodan (1st Dan) such as Dang Thong Phong, Le Xuan Long, Tran Kinh, Thai Minh Bach and Nguyen Thanh Nhon…

In 1962, Dojo 94B Phan Thanh Gian Street (now known as Dien Bien Phu Street) was built and became the Central Dojo of Aikido in Vietnam.

In Octorber 1964, Dang Thong Tri Sensei resided in the United States and formally passed the responsibility of running Vietnam Aikido to his brother –Dang Thong Phong Sensei. By the end of the same year, Tamura Shihan came to Vietnam and hosted a special training course with the final test. Through the test, Vietnam had the first batch of Nidan( 2nd Dan) such as Dang Thong Phong, Tran Kinh, Bui Duy Canh,.. and more Shodan (1st Dan) such as Nguyen Anh Tai, Nguyen Huu Huy, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Chi...

In November 1967, Sensei Phong traveled to Aikikai World Headquarter, Tokyo, Japan for advanced training and obtained his 3rd degree in Aikido.

Võ sư Đăng Thông Phong

Dang Thong Phong Sensei

In this year, O’Sensei officially entrusted Dang Thong Phong Sensei to develop and expand Aikido throughout Vietnam. By this entrustment, Dang Thong Phong Sensei was allowed to authorize up to the 2nd Dan on behalf of Aikikai. Later on, Aikido Vietnam had more dojos spreading from Nha Trang, Da Lat, Can Tho...

In 1968, Dang Thong Phong Sensei founded “Akido Tenshinkai” where he became the President.

Under Dang Thong Phong Sensei’s leadership, Aikido Vietnam had reached to its vigorous rise. From 1969 to 1975, there were 14 Shodan training courses with the number of practitioners up to 10.000.

After 1975, Aikido came back in practice in June 1979. The first club -Tinh Vo club (1 Lao Tu Street, District 5) was under the guidance of Ly Van Minh Sensei, followed by Vo Hoang Phuong Sensei, Vo Truong Tho Sensei and Tran Duy Phuong Sensei.

In August 1982, Dojo 94B Dien Bien Phu was back to operate normally with the new name “District 6, Ward 1 Sport Club” under the guidance of Vo Hoang Phuong Sensei. In the late 1982, Nguyen Tang Vinh Sensei was mainly in charge of the club.

Many other Dojos were created after this to signify a new period of development of Aikido in Vietnam.

Aikido Phú Thọ

Aikido Phu Tho was established during this period. The club was founded in November 1986 at Ho Chi Minh University of Sport under the coach of Do Ke Toai Sensei, followed by Do Thi Minh Thu Sensei. Aikido was introduced to students of the University in a pilot program. In 1989, the club was moved to HCMC Martial Art Athletes Training Center (the current name is HCMC Martial Art club).

Cô Đỗ Thị Minh Thư

Do Thi Minh Thu Sensei

In July 1989, Ho Chi Minh Martial Art Federation was founded. After that, a great number of martial art clubs were also founded including HCMC Aikido Federation.

Aikido Phu Tho, with the devoted guidance of Minh Thu Sensei, developed rapidly and attracted massive practitioners. Practitioners enjoyed very much a strict but full of love environment at Aikido Phu Tho.

In 1993, Minh Thu Sensei left Vietnam to reside in the United States. Her departure has truly left a hole in the hearts of all her colleagues and students of many generations.

After that, Aikido Phu Tho has gone through up and down with the guidance of many different Sensei(s). From 1999, Aikido Phu Tho was run by Ha Thuc Tam Sensei and Ngo Hung Phuong Sensei, the two Sensei(s) have been trained directly by Minh Thu Sensei. Ever since, Aikido Phu Tho has been developed successfully; thanks to its unique characteristics and the energetic participation of all practitioners.

Thầy Đăng Thông Phong và Võ sư Hà Thúc Tâm

Dang Thong Phong Sensei (left) and Ha Thuc Tam Sensei (right)

Besides the main dojo at Aikido Dojo - HCMC Martial Art Club, Aikido Phu Tho has expanded to several other dojos:

- In 2003, Aikido Phu Tho established the new dojo at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium. This is the most professional and well-equipped stadium in HCMC, it also serves as the practice place for the HCMC’s martial art teams.

- In 2005, Aikido Phu Tho established the new dojo at Tan Thoi Hoa Cultural and Sport Club, Tan Phu District

- In 2011, Aikido Phu Tho established the new dojo at Phu Thanh Cultural and Sport Club, Tan Phu District.

- In 2012, Aikido Phu Tho established the new dojo at Tan Phu District Cultural and Sport Center and Tay Thanh Sport Club, Tan Phu District..

- In 2015, Aikido Phu Tho established a new dojo at Dinh Lang Long My Cultural Center, Vinh Long province.

In April 2013, Ha Thuc Tam Sensei resided in the United States. Ngo Hung Phuong Sensei has been running Aikido Phu Tho since then.

Dang Thong Phong Sensei and Ngo Hung Phuong Sensei
Dang Thong Phong Sensei (1st line, 3rd one from left) and Ngo Hung Phuong Sensei (1st line, 4th one from left)