Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boxkator Championship...the Cambodian martial art... (3min Video)

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Compliments of Ayrton Orio...

Rain trickling over the elephants' skin, the fighters are dancing like tree monkeys in the puddles of water… Competition of Boxkator between France and Cambodia in Siem Reap.

Bokator, or more formally, Labokkatao (ល្បុក្កតោ) is a Cambodian martial art that includes close hand-to-hand combat, ground techniques and weapons. Possibly the oldest existing fighting system in Cambodia, oral tradition indicates that bokator or an early form thereof was the close quarter combat system used by the armies of Angkor 1000 years ago. The term bokator translates as "pounding a lion" from the words bok meaning to pound and tor meaning lion. A common misunderstanding is that bokator refers to all Khmer martial arts while in reality it only represents one particular style. (source: Wikipedia)

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