Martial Art

Art Of Fight 

 Asia has a diverse tradition of martial arts dating back to the region's early history.
These are some of its most remarkable fight styles.

1 # Eskrima, Philippines
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Also known as arnis or kali, eskrima ia a group or traditional martial arts from the Philippines that focuses on weapon-based combat involving sticks and bladed weapons, as well as open hand or unarmed techniques. The martial arts evolved from native forms of combat that already existed in the Philippines well before the 1500s. Subsequently, eskrima incorporated fencing techniques from Spanish colonisers. 

2 # Muay Boran, Thailand
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Translating to mean 'ancient boxing' , muay boran is an umbrella term for the traditional unarmed martial arts of Thailand, and is a predecessor of the better-known muay Thai. Dating back to the 18th century, muay boran was developed for self-defense, and includes grappling and ground-fighting techniques in addition to the stand-up technique that muay Thai has made famous.

3 # Bokator, Cambodia
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One of Cambodia's earliest combat systems, bokator is thought to have originated between the ninth and 15th centuries in the Khmer empire's army. The nae of this martial art translates as 'pounding a lion', and employs elbow and knee strikes, kicks, submissions, ground-fighting and weaponry. Designed to win battles, bokator has tens of thousands of moves.

4 # Thaing, Myanmar
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A term that encompasses the martial arts systems of Myanmar, thaing loosely translates to 'total combat'. As such, it includes a variety of traditional and ethnic fighting forms. believed to have originated in the ninth century during the Bagan empire, the forms categorised under thaing include bando (unarmed fighting, lethwei (focuses on bare-fisted boxing and head-butting), banshay (fighting with weaponry) and naban (wrestling). 

5 # Muay Lao
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Is a traditional unarmed martial art from Laos. It is similar to Muay Thai from Thailand, Pradal Serey from Cambodia, and Tomoi from Malaysia. It incorporates punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes. Muay Lao was an event at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane.

6 # Kendo Japan
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Is a traditional Japanese martial art, which descended from swordmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinali) and protective armour (bogu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.

Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity.

7 # Boli Khela, Lathi Khela
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Bangladesh is home of various martial arts. Boli Khela, Lathi Khela are very popular and historic martial arts in Bangladesh. Other martial arts are mainly hybrid. The genesis of Bangladeshi martial arts has been attributed to the need for protect villagers for Zamindar. During British period, lathial groups were sent to forcefully collect taxes from villagers. The farmers and youth people also made their lathial group to defend the zamidars lathial group. In the char (shoal) lands, people still take possession of chars through stick fights. 

8 # Silat Bruneian Martial Culture
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Bruneian martial arts is not well known. Everyone has their own general visualization in their minds on how silat movement tends to be represented. But not many understands that silat is only a general term to cover the actual fighting methods and that there are thousands of styles with subtle differences. People tend to categorize what silat is, what it should be and how it should be trained; anything outside of this or the instructors personal criteria is anything but silat, disregarding that every country in southeast Asia has its own history and culture.

9 # Silat, Various Asean Nations
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The term silat collectively describes a tradition of martial arts in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and parts of Thailand and the Philippines. Distinctive features include a low stance (known as kekuda, or 'horse stance'), slow dance-like moves and fixed hand movements. Typical techniques include strikes and joint manipulation. There are over 1,000 forms of silat, and evidence of its existence dates back to the seventh century.


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