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The fighting fan martial arts

Fighting using fans is one of 18 types of traditional martial arts in Vietnam which are used by female martial artists for self-defense.
The method of making these fighting fans is very different from making ordinary fans. For example, a fighting fan used in past battles has metal ribs and is made of silk so it can fit in a person’s hand. It is also known as an offensive weapon.

There are many types of fans used in martial arts such as iron fans, silk fans, paper fans and bamboo fans.

According to master Ho Tuong of the Vo Lam Tan Khanh - Ba Tra martial arts school, a fighting fan is classified as a short weapon with certain advantages.The diversity in deployment of either having a fan spread out or folded can be used to push, shield, cover and protect the whole body effectively and flexibly.


Female martial artists of the Vo Lam Tan Khanh - Ba Tra martial arts practice fighting using fans. 


Practicing fighting using fans.


Using the fan to attack the opponent’s neck. 


Using the fan to attack the opponent at a low position.


Fight a knife with a fan.


Fight a cane with a fan.


Attack the opponent’s leg by a fighting fan.


Turning the fan hilt to attack the opponent's flank area.


The fighting fan martial arts is effective and beautiful.


The fighting fan martial arts is suitable for female practitioners.


Nguyen Van Trong of the Vo Lam Tan Khanh - Ba Tra martial arts practice fighting using fans. 


The fan surface creates a semi-circle when spread out, supporting the practitioners to attack the opponents.


A practitioner is practicing with a fan.


The fan can be used to attack many positions on the opponent’s body.


Wushu practitioners practice fighting using a fan.


 Old people are interested in using fans to practice. 
     
In many martial arts classes in Ho Chi Minh City, “fighting fan” martial arts have been performed beautifully and successfully by the elderly, receiving admiration from the younger generation
 
Story: Son Nghia  -   Photos: Nguyen Luan

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