The Khmer Fighters. Photography: ©Omar Havana

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SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA. A traditional fighter kicks his opponent during a night private fight in the Angkor temple of Thomeanon near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Bokator and Kun Khmer fighters are hired for private functions during the night dinners that many hotels and travel agencies organise for their clients in the Angkor Temples.Pradal Serey or Kun Khmer -free fighting- is an unarmed martial art from Cambodia. Compared to other forms of Southeast Asian kickboxing, Kun Khmer emphasises more elusive and shifty fighting stances. The Cambodian style tends to utilise more elbows than that of other regions. Evidence shows that a style resembling pradal serey existed in the 9th century, leading the Khmer to believe all Southeast Asian forms of kickboxing started with the early Mon-Khmer people. They maintain that Pradal Serey has influenced much of the basis of Muay Thai. During the Khmer Rouge genocide, traditional martial arts were banned and many boxers were executed or worked to death, which nearly caused the death of pradal serey. Nowadays, Kun Khmer is making a strong comeback in Cambodia, with fighters attempting to market their style of boxing at the same caliber of Muay Thai. Photography: ©Omar Havana
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA. A traditional fighter kicks his opponent during a night private fight in the Angkor temple of Thomeanon near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Bokator and Kun Khmer fighters are hired for private functions during the night dinners that many hotels and travel agencies organise for their clients in the Angkor Temples.Pradal Serey or Kun Khmer -free fighting- is an unarmed martial art from Cambodia. Compared to other forms of Southeast Asian kickboxing, Kun Khmer emphasises more elusive...
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