Learn Boxing From A Grand Master

Discover the soldier’s art of Bokator in this hour-long martial arts class, taught by one of the top Grand Master’s in the country. Come in a mere tourist and leave a seasoned fighter!

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Highlights

  • 1 hour boxing class
  • Kid Friendly (Age 14+)
  • Free parking on premises
  • Transportation to and from the workshop
  • A translator to help facilitate language barriers

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Boxing is an extremely important and popular sport in Cambodia, and now you’ll have the chance to learn the art of this sport by none other than the Grand Master San Kim Sean himself. A man that has often been referred to as the “Father of the modern Bokator” and has been awarded the highest rank in Bokator (the gold Kroma), is now your teacher! He is considered the foremost authority on Bokator. San Kim Sean began training in Bokator Khmer when he was just 13 years old. His uncle, a friend of his father, taught him to fight with his hands. Kim Sean is now in his sixties, but moves like a man much younger due to his years of extensive training and, now, teaching others the art of Bokator.

 

Bokator, considered one of the oldest existing fighting forms in Cambodia, and one that is believed to be the predecessor of all southeast asian fighting forms, is revered for its ‘weapons techniques.’ A deadly fighting tool, it is believed that Bokator was a soldier’s art of the Angkorian armies, crafted to be used in the battlefield. Unlike kickboxing, which is a sport fighting art, Bokator is a soldier’s art and uses a diverse array of elbow and knee strikes, shin kicks, submissions and ground fighting. Even the shoulders, hip, jaw, and fingers can be used to fight an opponent to submission or death.
 

Perhaps you’ve already come across Bokator depictions on the walls of the Angkor Wat temples during your travels. The term Bokator translates to ‘pounding a lion’ -- this is quite intentional, as in this form of boxing, opponents extensively ‘pound’ each other with their elbows, knees, shins, feet, hands and head.

 

 

Itinerary

You will start this session by learning two fundamental steps that define the underlying base movement of almost all Bokator techniques. Once you learn the base movements, you’ll learn a variety of attack maneuvers using your knees, elbows, hands and shins. You’ll then proceed to learn defense positions where you learn how to swiftly defend yourself from common hand and leg attacks. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and to bring a large bottle of water. You can also book extra time in this class for an additional fee.

 

Participants should also note that occasionally Grandmaster Kim Sean might be held up with training government security personnel. (Yes, he’s that good! He is trusted with training important figures of authority and teaches them how to protect themselves if need be.) During such a time, you will have the opportunity to learn from one of his direct students.

 

 

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Exact meeting details will be sent to your email upon completion of payment.

 

 

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Daily, including weekends

 

 

Time

9AM-6PM

 

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