Nhat Nam School Philosophy

Broken down, “Nhất” means unity, “Nam” means destination to the south or a favorable number 5. Sometimes Nhất Nam is translated as a young branch.
As we can see, the name of the school has both direct and hidden meanings. These two meanings also lie in the attributes of the school.

The culture and world-view of Vietnam is related to the ancient philosophy and religion of the Orient. Vietnamese assimilated Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and other philosophical systems, have also influenced the philosophy of Nhất Nam.The definition of Nhất Nam is multi-faceted.

School Emblem and 10 Main Principles

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Seek quality, not quantity
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Have a broad understanding yet be specific in your training
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Seek essence not just the form: when you seize the form, don’t forget that the essence hides beneath the surface

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Action begins in the mind
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Will and courage are more important than considerations
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First strengthen your willpower and courage – then seek mastery

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First increase your mindfulness – then learn to act
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In order to defend, you have to know how to attack
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In order to attack, you have to know how to defend
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Knowing how to defend and attack are the preconditions of winning

The emblem of the school presents a snake and a rooster, fighting against each other. Traditionally a snake is a symbol of evil, darkness, passivity and instincts. And a fighting rooster means good, light, activity, striving to improve. These two origins permanently fight within us. The emblem shows, that the higher spiritual origin controls the physical origin, but does not destroy it. The fight takes place in a disk of the moon, which refers to the nonviolent methods of Nhất Nam. We know that the sun not only shines, but also burns and dries. It is a big problem in southern countries such as Vietnam. The moon shines gently, does not blind or burn. It is very important for everyone to understand himself the importance of improvement. It is impossible to develop a human character under compulsion.