The Story of Manik Trisna Dewi Wetan, Balinese Athlete Donates Gold in Vietnamese Sports

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“This sport is like pencak silat in Indonesia. Anyone know?”

1NEWS – Of the 58 gold medals obtained Indonesian contingent in SEA Games 2021 until Saturday (21/5/2022), there is one sport that is foreign to the ears of Indonesians. It is Vovinam. And, the only one who contributed gold in the martial arts branch was Ni Gusti Agung Ayu Manik Trisna Dewi Wetan.

On Friday (20/5/2022), at Soc Son Gymnasium, Hanoi, Gung Manik appeared confident in his class. Female Single Weapon Practice, Yin-Yang Sword Form.

The result, amazing. The female athlete from Tabanan, Bali, managed to outperform the champion of Myanmar, May Luin Haan Ni Aung. Temporary Nguyen Thi Ngoc . Tram (Vietnamese) and Sokha Pov (Cambodia) had to settle for bronze. Manik won gold after getting a final score of 271.

It was Manik’s second medal at the 2021 SEA Games. In the same category in “Dragon Tiger Form”, Manik won bronze with Cambodian athletes, Em Chankanika. For gold earned Mai Thi Kim Thuy from Vietnam, and silver was obtained Khine War Poo (Myanmar).

With Manik’s contribution, it means that the Indonesian Vovinam Contingent has won three gold medals from the SEA Games, which competes for this Vietnamese-style sport. Previously, at the inaugural edition of the SEA Games which featured Vovinam, namely 2013 in Myanmar, Indonesia got two gold medals.

At that time, the quartet I Gusti Agung Gede Ary Wirawan, I Wayan Sumertayasa, I Nyoman Suryawan, and Big God Tomi Sanjaya won gold at number Weapon Self-Defense for Man. Then, duo Luh Gede Arista Dewi and Ni Made Dwi Ratna get gold in number Dual Sword Women.

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The question is, what kind of sport is this? Vovinam, short for Vo Viet Nam. Literally means “Vietnamese martial arts (Viet Vo o). This sport was founded in 1938 by Nguyen Loc. It is based on traditional Vietnamese subjects and eclectic sources.

Vovinam involves the use of hands, elbows, feet, knees, and weapons such as swords, knives, chisels, claws, fans. Students also learn how to handle handguns, counterattacks, lockups, and levers.

Among the many martial arts in Vietnam, Vovinam is the largest and most developed with more than 60 schools worldwide, including Poland, Belgium, Canada, Cambodia, Denmark, Germany, USA, Morocco, Norway, Russia, France, Romania, Switzerland , Sweden, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Italy, Australia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Spain, Algeria, Taiwan, Greece, to Indonesia, especially Bali.

Vovinam is practiced with and without weapons. It is based on the principle between hard and soft. This includes training the body as well as the mind. It uses the strength and reaction of the opponent.

This martial art also includes hand, elbow, kick, escape, and lever techniques. Both attack and defense techniques are trained, as well as traditional form, fighting and wrestling. A wide variety of techniques including punching, kicking, form, wrestling, swords, sticks, axes, folding fans and more.

Vovinam’s martial arts techniques include defense against unarmed attacks such as choking from behind and defense against attackers armed with knives or swords.

Advanced students learn to combine techniques and defend themselves against armed opponents. Instructors teach traditional weapons such as long sticks, short sticks, knives, swords, and swords. Weapons thus serve as training devices to achieve optimal body and mind control.

Like the pencak silat originating from Indonesia and Malaysia, Vovinam is also being promoted as an Olympic sport. However, until now, this sport has only been competed in the SEA Games in two editions, so there is still a long way to go.

(andri ananto/you)