Kun Khmer: Everything You Need to Know About Cambodian Boxing

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Kun Khmer: Everything You Need to Know About Cambodian Boxing

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:49 am

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Chey Raksa
March 21, 2019

Under the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, many of Cambodia’s culture and heritage was lost, along with vital knowledge about Khmer boxing.

"One of the striking details one can note on the walls of the Angkor Temples are the stories of the nation’s struggle to freedom through honour, valour, and combat. Whilst most Cambodian warriors are overshadowed by their more popular counterparts such as Japan’s Samurais, they are as ferocious as well. These Cambodian warriors who fought enemies through hand to hand combat. Pradal Serey and Bokator are two forms of martial arts popular in Cambodia, both known as the original South East Asian martial art."

"Kun Khmer is widely popular in Cambodia, that several fights are hosted every week. It is under the supervision and regulation of the Cambodian Boxing Federation (CBF). The organization hosts several tournaments broadcasted weekly. In Siem Reap is a Pradal Serey boxing stadium known as The Ring of Champions. The CTN Angkor Arena can sit 700 spectators has tournaments every Wednesday featuring fighters worldwide."

"Despite being a free fighting sport, the boxers are not allowed to bite, give blows to the back and crotch, to hold on to the ropes, and hitting the opponent whilst lying on the ground. Should one of the boxers can no longer continue fighting, the referee will stop the fight. Winning is by knockout. A knockout is proclaimed if a boxer slumps on the ground and cannot fight after a referee counts for 10 seconds."

"Despite being illegal in Cambodia, locals are very much active in betting. Some even resort to placing wagers online where the government cannot trace their bets. To many boxing specialists, the sacredness of the fighting art is lost in the modernisation of the sport. In the olden days, Kun Khmer fights are held in pagodas, which means boxers and spectators are expected to behave in a respectable manner. The use of modern stadium during fights subjects the martial art to disrespect. The widespread gambling in Kun Khmer fights is even regarded as the one that strips off the sacredness of the sport."

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