If there is one thing Cambodians boast of, it is their ancient form of martial arts, the Bokator. Also referred to as Labokkatao, Bokator in Phnom Penh is as popular as Pro Football in America, Soccer in Brazil, or Sumo wrestling in Japan.
Now that K-1 and mixed martial arts are quite famous around the world, foreign tourists can better appreciate watching or simply passing by a brutal Bokator competition in street corners. Bokator literally means “pounding a lion”, and that’s exactly how the players are trained. They are trained in ground techniques, weapons, and hand-to-hand combat using all available bodily points such as the knuckles, elbows, knees, feet and head, as well as the shoulders, hip, palms, fingers and jaw, believe it or not. [Read more…]