Sports keen vovinam coach succeeds in developing martial arts
Experienced vovinam coach Mr Viengsouk Hangngeun is gaining a reputation for his knowledge and skill in training vovinam and taekwondo fighters.
He said he likes the young vovinam fighters as much as his family.
Mr Viengsouk has been able to train young fighters to success at several international events.
Mr Viengsouk Hangngeun shows the vovinam team's medals at 4th SEAVF Southeast Asian Vovinam Championship 2017 hosted by Siem Reap in Cambodia from January 11-14.
His own sporting success includes second and third place at national level athletics events in 1999 and coaching the national taekwondo team to a gold and a bronze medal at the 20th SEA Games in Brunei in the same year.
More recently, he has been coaching the taekwondo and vovinam teams, with both winning gold medals at national and Asean level events.
The all-round 49 year sports lover said he likes running, cycling, swimming and martial arts but would like to keep on with vovinam until he's very old and unable to coach young people any more.
In the future he plans to establish a training centre for vovinam, taekwondo and muaylao if he can find the financing.
His children share his passion for sport with his 18 year old son training at swimming, while his 14 year old daughter likes running.
Mr Viengsouk will lead the national team in the hope of winning men's and women's medals in fighting and dance events at the 4th World Voviam Championship to be hosted by India this coming August.
The Lao vovinam team recently won three gold, three silver and 15 bronze medals at the 4th SEAVF Southeast Asian Vovinam Championship 2017 hosted by Siem Reap in Cambodia from January 11-14.
The Lao Vovinam Federation sent 12 fighters to compete in 21 different events (seven fighting and 14 dance) out of a total of 29 events at the Asian Vovinam Championship.
At the Beach Games held in Vietnam from September 24 to October 3 last year, the Lao team won one gold and six bronze medals.
The Lao vovinam team's other successes include winning a gold medal, four silver and six bronze medals at the Indoor Games in Vietnam in 2009; winning two gold and five bronze medals at the SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011; and picking up two gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013.
The team also won four gold medals at the Asean Vovinam Championship in Myanmar in 2013 while at the 3rd Vovinam Championship in Myanmar in 2014 they were placed third with five gold medals.
Mr Viengsouk other successes include coaching the Lao taekwondo team to a silver and five bronze medals at the 24th SEA Games in Thailand in 2007.
He was a taekwondo coach for the national team that won three gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane in 2009 and the same year he was able to lead the vovinam team competing at the Indoor Games in Vietnam.
Since then he has continued to develop local vovinam fighters with two gold and five bronze medals at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011 along with won two gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the 27th SEA Games in 2013.
He led the vovinam team that competed at the Beach Games in Vietnam from September 24 to October 3 last year which won one gold and six bronze medals.
His other sporting exploits include leading the national taekwondo team at the Asian Games in Thailand in 1998.
In 1997 he was a taekwondo coach of National University of Laos (NUOL) leading the NUOL team to three national championships.
Further back in 1993, he trained in cycling and participated in the tour of Thailand from Bangkok to Vientiane over about 930km.
From 1985 he studied about bridge construction at the Polytechnic College where he graduated with a diploma in 1992.
In 1988, he trained in running and swimming making the national athletics team and competing in 200, 800, 1,500 and 10,000 metre events. He competed at the 3rd National Games in Khammuan province and won silver in the men's 1500metres and three bronze medals from 400, 800 and 4 x 100 metre events.
Other youthful personal milestones include winning silver in the men's 4 x 400 metres at the National Games in Champassak province many years ago. As a swimmer he also won several 100 and 400 metre national breaststroke events.
By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update March 25 , 2017 )