Muay Lao

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Muay Lao
Muay Lao boxers training during the colonial period
Also known asLao Boxing, Lao Kickboxing
FocusStriking, Clinching
HardnessFull contact
Country of originLaos Laos
Olympic sportNo

Muay Lao (Lao: ມວຍລາວ) is a traditional unarmed martial art from Laos.[1] It is similar to Muay Thai from Thailand, Pradal Serey from Cambodia, and Tomoi from Malaysia.[2] It incorporates punches, kicks, elbow, and knee strikes. Historians believe Muay Lao originated from Isan or Cambodia.[3] Muay Lao was an event at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane.

The martial art is related to other forms of martial arts found in other parts of the Indian cultural sphere including Musti-yuddha in India, Muay Thai in Thailand, Pradal Serey in Cambodia and Lethwei in Myanmar.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Trans World Sport. "Brutal Sport of Muay Lao Kick Boxing". Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Mansfield, Stephen; Koh, Magdalene; Nevins, Debbie (15 December 2017). Laos. Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC. ISBN 9781502632333. Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Allen, D. (n.d.). Fighting Fit: Lao boxers kick it up a level on the banks of the Mekong. Beijing Visitor. Retrieved October 15, 2020, from
  4. ^ Kislenko, Arne (5 February 2019). Culture and Customs of Laos. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313339776. Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Aves, Edward (3 November 2014). The Rough Guide to Laos. Rough Guides Limited. ISBN 9780241014516. Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via Google Books.

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