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Yuttakhun Krom to be showcased at Beeline

The historic Cambodian fighting discipline of Yuttakun Khorm, a close-quarter combat system used by the ancient armies of Angkor, will be on display for the first time in public at Beeline Arena on Chhroy Changvar peninsular from 6:30pm tonight.

According to event managers Banzai, practitioners of Yuttakun Khorm “are trained to strike with knees, hands, elbows, feet, shins, and head. Even the shoulders, hip, jaw, and fingers can be used to fight an opponent to submission or death”.

Various types of weapons are also used.

The card has six bouts featuring 12 Cambodian fighters including local boxing star Chan Rathana, son of Master Lu Kru Chann Buntheun, owner and founder of the Yuttakun Khorm Academy. Organisers hope to attract sponsors to host a monthly Yuttakun Khorm fight night at Beeline Arena, with the next one on October 19 set to feature two foreign boxers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Riley at dan.riley@phnompenhpost.com

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