Kbach Kun Khmer Boran is martial arts have a long history in Cambodia. Indeed, carvings of wrestlers and warriors adorn the temples of Angkor and many are over a thousand years old include Bokator, Baok Chambab, Kbach Kun Dambong Veng and Pradal Serey.
Kbach Kun Dambong Veng
Kbach Kun Dambong Veng is a traditional Cambodian martial art that utilizes a long staff. Throughout the centuries it has been used to beat off enemies and today it is practiced by young men in sports clubs throughout Cambodia.
It is a hugely popular sport in Cambodia and the distinctive wail of the Sralai along with the traditional drum and Chhing (a stringed instrument), can be heard from television sets across the land.
Before a match, the boxers undertake a ritualistic dance known as the Kun Krou. They wear shorts and leather gloves and fight in a boxing ring. There are five rounds with a two minute break in-between.
Victory comes by way of a knockout, where one fighter is dashed to the ground and can’t get up for ten seconds, or a decision is made by judges using a points system.
Baok Chambab is Khmer wrestling. The aim is to pin your opponent to the ground. Matches take place at the Cambodian National Olympic Stadium during Khmer New Year and other holidays.
Bokator, known formally as Labakatao, including hand-to-hand combat, ground techniques, and weapons. It is the oldest martial art and is said to derive from the hand-to-hand techniques used by the warriors of Angkor.