I have not found anything about kun tambang yet but I found an interesting article about khmer bandal serei.
well i'm going to start off like this. Muay Thai is actually a Cambodian martial art, known as badai serei, and also know as Muay khmer. Muay Thai only came out when the khmers were going through war for 30 years. Lives were more important than a martial art.
Muay means number 1 in khmer. Don't be fooled otherwise, cause Muay in Thai has no meaning, it was given meaning cause of the American media wanted to know what it meant. If you were to win a fight what would be the best way to taunt the loser. Yelling at the loser and saying i'm number 1, and so this is were Muay Thai came from, meaning thai number 1.
In the 6th century BC. a country was forming and was known as Kampuja, this would be the begining of the KHMER EMPIRE.
The khmers were very fierce, smart and strong people. They had many different types of martial arts, and one of the strongest was badai serei, meaning freestyle fighting in khmer.
The main purpose of badai serei was to kill you're enemy quick, the muay thai you people see is just the first phase of training. There are 5 phase in badai serei, the last 2 are weapons. The elbows, knees, and head was a main weapon, and body conditioning. These are the basic that you people train in.
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Cambodian fighters are now sparring against each other and visitors from other countries, including Thailand - and they're winning.
Um Yurann, deputy director of the Cambodian Boxing Federation, is at the forefront of the cultural battle and points to bas-reliefs on the ancient walls of the ninth to 12th century Angkor temples as proof that Cambodians have been practising the sport for centuries.
"After decades of war, kickboxing was forgotten and the athletes were weak. Now we are trying our best to restore our reputation," he said.
"But we are still poor and most of our boxers are in poor living conditions. They do not have enough energy to practise."
But they do practise, at some 70 boxing clubs around the country and with determination to become world-class athletes some day.
"We often have foreign kickboxers from Japan, France, Thailand, Australia, Spain, Sweden, Canada and other countries who come to compete with our boxers," Um Yurann said. "Sometimes we lose, sometimes we win. This is normal."
It is clear on any given weekend that Cambodians are embracing the sport wholeheartedly. Television stations have begun staging weekly matches that spectators can watch at the studios in Phnom Penh or live on TV.
"Kick! Kick! Punch! Use your elbow! Use your knee," audience members shout as two boxers face off before a standing-room-only crowd.
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Sorry guys, another article about Khmer martial art
Cambodia's national boxing team is boycotting a regional tournament in Bangkok next month, (Tuesday, October 12 1999). protesting Monday that the sport known around the world as Thai kickboxing is, in fact, Cambodia. And the boycott's supporters say their evidence in set in stone specifically, the carvings at the ancient temples of Angkor. Prum Bun Yi, director of the Cambodian Olympic Committee, said the national team will not attend the King's Cup tournament in Bangkok unless organizers
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