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Meet the Instructor: Yanni Nguyen and Vovinam Martial Arts

Montgomery County Recreation offers a huge selection of martial arts classes from Karate Do and Jujitsu to Aikido, Kendo, and something called Vovinam. We had the chance to talk to Vovinam instructor Yanni Nguyen to find out more about this unique form of martial arts.

Yanni Nguyen grew up in Vietnam and started taking Vovinam when he was 12. He explains, “Living in Vietnam it was very popular. While most other practices focus on one aspect: kicking, punching or throwing; Vovinam covers all of those areas and more.” In addition, Yanni describes Vovinam as “open source technology” that can be modified and changed by whomever is practicing. Each class will vary depending on the instructor and depending on what the student wants to contribute.

While Yanni practiced Vovinam all of his life, he started teaching about 3 years ago. “I used to have my own studio, but now I like partnering with Montgomery County (Recreation). They offer more locations that are convenient for people.”

Vovinam classes are 90 minutes including warm up, working on technique, working on form, and then time for sparring. Students have the opportunity to participate in competitions. While class has already begun, Yanni does accept late registrations. 

13 sessions, $129
362301 Thursdays at Darnestown Elementary School from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
362277 Saturdays at Eastern Middle School from 1:00 – 2:30 pm

14 sessions, $139
362293 Sundays at Plum Gar Community Recreation Center from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
362300 Tuesdays at Whetstone Elementary School from 6:00 – 7:30 pm