Indochinese martial arts

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The traditional martial arts of the Indochinese peninsula are related to one another, and as a group to Indian martial arts.

The most salient common feature is Indochinese kickboxing.

Burma (Myanmar)[edit]

Thaing (Burmese: သိုင်း, pronounced [θáiɴ]) is a Burmese term used to classify the traditional martial systems of Myanmar. Systems of thaing include bando, lethwei, banshay and naban.


Pradal Serey is an unarmed martial art from Cambodia. In Khmer the word pradal means fighting or boxing and serey means free. Originally used for warfare, pradal serey is now one of Cambodia's national sports. Its moves have been slightly altered to comply with the modern rules.


Muay Lao is a traditional unarmed martial art from Laos. It incorporates punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. Muay Lao was an event at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane.


Tomoi is an unarmed martial art from Malaysia. It is practiced mainly in the northern states such as Kedah, Trengganu, and especially Kelantan.


Muay Boran (Thai: มวยโบราณ, rtgsMuai Boran, IPA: [mūɛj bōːrāːn], lit. "ancient boxing") is an umbrella term for the unarmed martial arts of Thailand prior to the introduction of modern equipment and rules in the 1930s. Its modern counterpart is now referred to as Muay Thai or Thai boxing.


Traditional Vietnamese martial arts (Vo Thuat Co Truyen Viet Nam) can be loosely divided into those of the Sino-Vietnamese descended from the Han, and those of the Chams or indigenous Vietnamese. The former are closely related to Chinese martial arts, while the latter are more similar to Malay silat. Vovinam is a prominent modern Vietnamese martial art.


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