Where TMAs (With Animal Forms!) Meet Full Contact MMA
Hey gang! I feel kinda stupid having to admit that I've just discovered this but here goes: I was always aware of Bokator (I've done Pradal Serey in the past and I've been to Cambodia) but I've never actually seen it in action apart from a few Human Weapon / Fight Quest segments where they get into the roots of Pradal Serey. (Kinda like when they show bits of Shaolin Kung-Fu when they're doing an episode about Sanda / Sanshou.) Last night, while looking up some Pradal Serey fights on Youtube, I stumbled upon some full contact Bokator fights and I was kinda blown away! Check it out:
There are some VERY impressive techniques in there! In the second video, one of the fighters catches a round kick to the body and immediately goes into a flying triangle attempt and lands in an armbar!
I think it's cool because it appears to be exactly where the two sides of Bullshido (the community) meet: traditional martial arts (with rituals and ceremonies and animal forms) and full contact mixed martial arts!
(Now I feel like an ass because I was in Cambodia this past summer and didn't make an effort to find out about these kinds of events!)