An interesting 'fact' has come to light, regarding this clip of Ho Chi Minh. Firstly, here are Ho's birth and death dates;
Name: Ho Chi Minh
Birth Date: May 19, 1890
Death Date: September 3, 1969
Place of Birth: Kim Lien, Vietnam
Place of Death: Hanoi, Vietnam
Occupations: statesman, revolutionary
This means that he would have been 79 years old, when he died in 1969. Now, master Gu travelled to Vietnam in 1957, when Ho Chi Minh was 67 years old. I think the man in the clip is far younger than 67 years old.
This is intersting, as I contacted the person who posted the clip on YouTube, who appears to be an ethnic Vietnamese person. They were kind enough to furnish me with the following information;
Tuan Linh writes;
'I think the footage is from 1946-1947.'
A good decade before master Gu was sent to China. Upon further reflection, the clip seems to be showing an external, gungfu training regime, followed by an internal training regime. This is very traditional in the old Chinese systems, so perhaps it was also the way for the Vietnamese.
Whatever the case, (and I am still researching), I will add anything I can, as it becomes available. But it might be that Ho Chi Minh is practicing an indigenous Vietnemes art, but a colleague of mine, after viewing the film, was of the opinion that Ho Chi Minh was practicing southern Wu Tai Chi.
[This message has been edited by HengYu (edited 09-01-2007).]