Grand Master TRUONG THANH
ĐINH - SA LONG CUONG
Tran phu Huu
translated by Trinh thu Thuy
Grand Master Truong thanh Dang was born in 1895
at Binh Thuan, Phan Thiet. Since his early chilhood, he already loved
the martial arts and practiced with passion. His ancestor was the professor
for the Bachelor students at the military school under the Nguyen dynasty.
In 1909 ( 14 years old ) while he studied at the high school Duc Anh,
asked his parents permission to go to the land of the Tay son to research
and learn about the finest martial arts of the people.
At Binh Dinh, Mr Truong thanh
Dang studied with reknown teachers like
Master Truong Trach at Phu My,
Bachelor of martial arts, Martial arts Teacher Hai Cut at the village Cam Thuong, martial arts
Đinh Cat at An Nhon, as well as many other teachers at the
villages An Vinh, An Thai. At that time,
our country was under the French
colonyation, so every
martial arts activity was forbiđen and very shictly
Therefore, all his studies and practices were secret at
night, in the forest, or in the backyard.
|| Besides the time spend with his masters, he
also exchanged and researched techniques with his friends like Doan Phong,
Hai Cuu, Muoi Dau, Xa Bup, NamTuong...
He had absorbed and mastered well the traditional martial arts
this time of devoted practice .
However, he did not limit his knowledge to the Binh Dinh martial
arts but studied a lot with Mr. Vinh Phuc, an expert in Shaolindo at that time. After he came back home in Phan Thiet, he also studied with two
Chinese teachers born in Phuoc Kien
He, the secrect weapons, Nine Link
techniques and the Four-Programs in the highest
level of the Shaolindo .
Stances ) very characteristic and oustanding technique of the Binh
Đinh Sa long Cuong
Since 1925, he stared teaching, propagating his knowledge as
well as rearching and arranging the techniques to form a complete system which gives a solid base for the
traditional martial arts : " Bat bo Chan quyen " ( Eights Sets of
The French government at that time
constantly forbid all martial arts practice. That is why, after 5 years of
at PhanThiet, he had to move to Saigon in 1930. Here, he continued
to teach at his house.
In 1964, in his seventies,
he officially opened
a school in Saigon, with his pseudonym
Sa long Cuong
” ( Dragon on a sand dune ).
The school taught the Vietnamese
traditional martial arts and Shaolindo. In only a short time,
to the zeal and capabilities of the Grand Master, the Binh Dinh Sa long
Cuong School was widely reconized in the field of Vietnamese
After 21 years officially inheriting and propagating the traditional martial arts, the Head
of the School passed away on
of September, 1985
( the 3rd of August in the year of the Ox )
when he was 91 years old.
The oldest son of the Grand Master, Assistant
Head Truong ba Duong continued to administer and expand the
school with the assistance of Director Master Le van Van. At
the present times the Binh Dinh Sa long Cuong School had many
branches every where, in and out of the country. It doesnot
matter where, the traditions and real capacities of
the Binh Dinh Sa long Cuong are fully represented
. . . . . .
pictures at Binh Đinh, SA LONG CUONG School ( 1990
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