THE SYSTEM OF
||The main purpose of KIENANDO is to help students to be healthy, brave,
humanitarian, happy, and honest. Defenses are taught to react to a specific attacks. Devoted years to the correct training and practices will help
you to accumulate experiences to defend yourself and help others.
The Nine Commandments of KIENANDO:
be loyal with KIENANDO and your country.
Piety: devoutness to parents, ancestor, and teachers.
be fair in all actions.
acting in accord with moral law.
generosity and helpfulness toward the needy and suffering, benevolent goodwill
Respect for and consideration of others.
trying to gain philosophic and scientific knowledge.
correct in words and actions. Keep promises.
KIENANDO martial art students wear black uniforms and the raking system
encompasses 18 levels from the elementary to grand master.
Level 1,2: Black belt (elementary training).
Level 3: Purple belt.
Level 4: Green belt.
Level 5: Green belt 1st degree.
Level 6: Green belt 2nd degree.
Level 7: Green belt 3rd degree.
8: Yellow belt (internationally known as black
Level 9: Yellow belt 1st
degree (elementary instructor).
Level 10: Yellow belt 2nd degree
Level 11: Yellow belt 3rd degree
Level 12: Red
belt (senior instructor).
Level 13: Red
belt 1st degree.
Level 14: Red
belt 2nd degree.
Level 15: Red
belt 3rd degree.
Level 16: Red
belt 4th degree (master trainee).
Level 17: White belt (master
degree). Internationally known as black belt 9th degree.
The Grand Master is out of rank and wears fringy white belt with
distinguished features. In addition, Grand Master Nguyen Lam presently also ahs
10th degree black belt in Kung Fu.
From levels 1-7, the average practice is three months for each level.
Yellow belt 8-11 required one year of training for each degree. Red belt levels
12-16 has two years of training, from level 17 to be upgraded to 18 need three
to five years and a martial arts thesis is requested. In case the senior master
trainee (level 17) is too young, not quite over twenty-five years old, this
person will ear red belt 5th degree instead of white belt.
Moving up a belt rank requires a test of knowledge and ability: Kata
demonstrations, basic techniques, boar and brick breaking, spars, and oral
I first met with Grand Master Nguyen Lam at a restaurant in San Fernando
Valley in 1997. He is enthusiastic, dynamic, cordial, and brilliant, and
cheerful. Highly motivated, besides teaching martial arts and working for a
security firm as a field-training officer, he has written numerous martial arts
articles published in Knowledge Today, Martial Arts, Sports, Saigon Post, Viet
Economic Daily News, Nguoi Viet, and Ngay Mai… He is the author of WUSHU, a
very well known book, WUSHU is the art practiced mostly for fitness and artistic
value. WUSHU experts are excellent gymnasts and are capable of amazing leaps,
bounces, and rolls. Many WUSHU students are also Peking Opera performers and
famous movie stars.
Grand Master Nguyen Lam is also the author of THUNDERING RAIN KATA. This
Kata had been invented in free lance inspiration according to traditional
martial arts principles and ahs been analyzed, improved as will as modernized to
gain its unique status. Unlike most of the ancient Supreme Grand Master who
cared the forms in very pleasant environment: on the top of the mountain looking
at falling snow and leaves scattering, birds singing, flower
blooming…THUNDERING RAIN KATA was composed in Gia Dinh Province (now it is
Binh Than District in Saigon), South Vietnam in 1961. The author of this form
was sunk in a so mournful situation. In an awful accident, fatality took lives
of his two-loved one. Although being a martial arts master a time, he was
sentimental, compassionated, humanitarian, energetic, and contemplative. This
incident has forceful impact on him spiritually and drained him physically.
Since then, he was lonely, withdrawn, and continuously spending many sleepless
nights. These sleepless nights expanded close to two years and many people
witnessed this event. It is extraordinary and beyond our conception. In this
miserable condition, besides working, he concentrated on martial arts practice
and invented several Forms. The heartrending incidence might be a motive pushing
him to create some masterpieces, noticeably are THUNGDERING RAIN KATA (Loi Vu
Quyen), ROSE KATA (Hong Hoa Quyen), SINGLE DRAGON LONG STICK FORM (Doc Long
During the late 1970s and early 1990s, these
Katas brought many victories for KIANANDO fighters in fierce competitions.
Grand Master Nguyen Lam has held many martial
arts seminar. In addition, KIANANDO students have participated in several
international competitions. Every year in July, KIENANDO celebrates its
The Chief Instructor of KIANANDO is Martial Arts Master Hong Ngoc Dai
Nghia. He is so magnificent, only twenty-three years old, and was trained in
martial arts when he was only five years old. In 1992, he was the Champion of
Vietnamese Kung Fu. One year later, when he was seventeen years old, Hong Ngoc
Dai Nghia was successful in attaining the 4th Degree Red Belt in
front of Vietnamese Martial Arts Federation and several other international
martial arts committee. This is the highest rank in Red Belt.
Hong Ngoc Dai Nghia was the youngest Martial Arts Master at the time and
the Federation as well as the international martial arts committee waived his
age. This attractive news not only praised highly in Vietnamese press but also
the headlines of some international periodicals: “Martial Arts Star, The
Youngest and Brightest Martial Arts Master in Vietnam Young and Powerful,
Handsome and Flamboyant Martial Arts Master…”
There are several ranking instructors who have assisted Master Nghia in
training: Master PeterTran, Bich Thuy, Vo Dang, The Khoa, Nguyen Thong, Lisa Vu,
Hoang Nam, Duy Tan, Manh Bao, John Pintuaro… Some eminent students being
trained to be instructors in the near future are: John Kieffer, Ngo Tai, The
Hien, and Nguyen Trung Hien.