Why you should call it Kun Khmer (or at least Cambodian Kickboxing)
Many people, when they see Kun Khmer fighting for the first time, say ‘Oh that’s Muay Thai!’. This is not only wrong but also culturally inappropriate.
While the origins and ancient history of the south east asian kickboxing styles is still disputed the recent history is very clear: Kun Khmer was developed from Lbokator while Muay Thai was developed from Muay Boran in the last century. This already shows that these are two seperate martial arts and should be treated as such.
When compared next to each other this becomes very clear: Kun Khmer is a lot more aggressive, aiming to KO an opponent instead of winning by points like in most Muay Thai fights. To this aim Kun Khmer has a much heavier focus on elbows and knees, thus strikes with these body parts have been developed to a much more effective and devastating method than their thai counterpart (just go watch Thoeun Theara on youtube delivering these elbows at his Max Muay Thai fights).
Both Kun Khmer and Muay Thai are the pride and joy of their respective nations and calling either one the same as the other is disrespectful to the country, its people and especially to its fighters who put their heart and soul into representing their martial arts.
Please keep this in mind and if you’re interested to find out more about the history of south east asian martial arts come down Mr. Ly gym here in siem reap for some more ‘hands-on’ lessons.
MRLY is and will be the most commercial Kun Khmer gym in Cambodia. Building lots of good new fighters and hire many champion Kun Khmer coaches.
Bakeng Road, Taphul village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
012/070 579 000