First International Bokator tourney, Siem Reap
The Cambodian fighting sport of Bokator held its first international tourney Saturday (July 16, 2011) on the grounds of Angkor Wat Archeological Park, spiritual birthplace of the Cambodian people.
Bokator is believed to be the hand-to-hand fighting system of the ancient Angkorean army, whose kingdom dominated much of what is today known as Southeast Asia.
In four bouts — 3 rounds by 3 minutes — the French fighters won them all, 3 by first-round stoppage and one on points. Despite the blowout, Master Ta Sean, the coach of the Cambodian team, said he was proud of his boys for fighting without fear, even against better trained and massively better funded opponents.
Philippe Sibire, coach of the French team and primary sponsor of the event, said he was already planning a second international Bokator tournament in Phnom Penh, likely early next year.