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By Dante Scott
Before there was Muay Thai, there was Bokator. Now, you can see Bokator On the web for free. http://youtube.com/watch?v=617qPJPBSPM
Bokator, the complete fighting art, developed by the Khmers during the Angkorian Empire. Bokator is the predecessor of modern Bradal Serey, Khmer kickboxing, also called Pradal Serey. Where kickboxing is limited to kicking, punching, elbows, knees, and head grapples, Bokator includes ground fighting, joint locks, manipulations, throws, weapons, and animal styles.
Bokator, the Great Angkorian Martial Art A new film, starring Grand Master San Kim Saen and Antonio Graceffo, will be debuting later this year, to show Bokator to the world. The film was directed by Tim Pek, an Australian Khmer film maker, most famous for his film of Khmer Rouge retribution and forgiveness, The Red Sense. Tim, a Khmer Rouge genocide survivor met Antonio while working on the film Krabei Liak Goan, (Buffalo Protecting Child). This Khmer Kung Fu movie pitted the hero, national Bradal Serey champion, Eh Phou thoung against Antonio Graceffo, who played the bodyguard of the villain.
In addition to helping to make Bokator accessible to people all over the world, I enjoyed making this film because I didnt have to die. Said Graceffo, who originally came to Cambodia to find and write about Khmer martial arts.
A lifelong martial arts practitioner, Graceffo recently became the first foreigner to earn the Black Krama (black belt) in Khmer Bokator fighting. (Another American, Derek Morris, was the first foreigner to earn a Black Krama be certified as an instructor of Bokator.)
In addition to the independent film, San Kim Saen and his two American students have worked together on two shows for the History Channel, Human Weapon, and Digging for the Truth. Bokator will also be featured on the brand new web TV show, Martial Arts Odyssey, hosted by Antonio Graceffo. The show follows Graceffo around the world, as he explores new and often obscure martial arts. The pilot is currently running on yuotube.com
Click here to see the trailer for the movie, about Bokator Khmer martial art: http://youtube.com/watch?v=617qPJPBSPM
To see the pilot episode of Martial Arts Odyssey, click here. http://youtube.com/watch?v=3haZwrsY_oM
article published 9/17/2007