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Southeast Asia Has a Long History Of Martial Arts

Southeast Asia Has a Long History Of Martial Arts

Asia has a variety of martial arts that have been going on for a long time.Martial arts are popular outside of Asia.No  all of them are on the verge of extinction.Score Indonesia tries to summarize some of the hundreds of types and schools of traditional martial arts in Southeast Asia.There are various types of martial arts in Indonesia.


Pencak Silat - Indonesia

Pencak Silat is thought to have emerged in the 17th century in Sumatra and Java.

punching, locking and throwing movements are the focus of Pencak Silat.

There are different styles of pencak Silat in Indonesia.


Muay Thai (Thailand)


Muay Thai is a martial art from Thailand that combines the strength of the shins, knees, elbows and fists.

Europeans began to learn and spread martial arts in the early 20th century.



Pradal Serey - Kamboja

Cambodian free fighting martial art is called Pradal Serey.

Similar to boxing, Pradal Serey relies on the strength of the hands and feet.

As time went on, Pradal Serey developed and spawned a new genre, which used more tools such as bamboo or sticks.


This martial art is based on the movements of animals such as bulls, monkeys, tigers, cobras and eagles.



Bando (Myanmar)


Bando is more focused on defense.

Bando uses a lot of tools with his bare hands, including knives, spears, sticks, and swords.


Lethwei (Myanmar)


Lethwei has a name that is synonymous with fist fighting with bare hands, and only using tape to cover a fighter's hands.

The basic rule in Lethwei is that you can punch, elbow, kick, and even headbutt during a fight.


Eskrima (Filipina)


Kali or Eskrima is a person who uses a stick.

Eskrima's athletes are trained to fight with their bare hands or with other blunt objects.

The martial art of Muay Lao is adapted to Indian culture.


 Muay Lao (Laos)


Muay Lao has a lot in common with Muay Thai.

Tomoi is a martial art from Malaysia.

The Indian and Chinese cultures were adopted by this martial art.

The combination of kicks, punches, knees and elbows in a fight is emphasized in this martial art.



Vovinam (Vietnam)

Vovinam emphasizes defense techniques.

The flow doesn't teach how to attack but how to deal with opponents' attacks.

Vovinam teaches how to defend yourself when in danger.



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