KBACH KUN BORAN- CAMBODIA

“Cambodian ancient fighting” is what a Southeast Asian martial art form known as Kbach Kun Boran literally means when translated to English. This “traditional” form of combat is said to have originated from Cambodia. Apparently, this form of martial art is said to comprise of “12 techniques” referred to locally as “mae”, “8 door systems” or “footwork patterns” locally referred to as “tvear”.  Furthermore, this form of combat involves the use of various weapons.

a. History/origin of the Kbach Kun Boran:

Apparently, the Kbach Kun Boran as a form of martial art was based on the concept of “4 elements” consisting of earth, water, wind, and fire. Furthermore, it was created in Cambodia purely as a form of “self defense”. In addition, this form of physical combat essentially comprises of two key components, and they are as follows:

  1. 12 techniques also known as “mae” and
  2. 8 Door systems and footwork patterns

b. Weapon used in the Kbach Kun Boran:

There three types of weapons that are used in this form of martial and they include:

  1. Dao: A curved sword.
  2. Dambong Veng: A longstaff.
  3. Dambong Bokgatau: Twin sticks.

c. Technique used in the Kbach Kun Boran and training availability:

In terms of technique, a fighter in this form of combat may use arms i.e. weapons or may even use an unarmed style of fighting. Furthermore, weapons such as a curved sword, a longstaff, and twin sticks are used in the armed form of combat. While, with regards to the unarmed form of fighting, “grappling” techniques mainly used in wrestling as well as “boxing” skills is made use of by a fighter in this form of martial art. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “traditional” form of combat is mainly performed in Cambodia.

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