Khmer Sports

Culture Arts Boxing

Spectators at Cambodian kickboxing matchIn Cambodia three martial arts are practiced. The most popular is Bradal Serey, which is kickboxing, with nearly the same rules and style as Thai Boxing (Muay Thai). Bradal Serey is the national sport, and the television networks broadcast professional fights weekly.

Bokator (the Thai variation is called Muay Thai Boran, see below under 'The Difference') is an all encompassing ancient fighting art, includes punches, kicks, knees, elbows, grappling, ground fighting, and weapons. The practitioners fight without gloves. Their hands are wrapped with ropes or traditional krama scarves.