About

We strive to uphold the principles as well as preserving the traditional Khmer ancient Angkorean cultures and arts.  We want to reach out for those who have the same goal and interest of expanding the Kun Khmer.  Together we will bring peace, prosperity, friendship and unity.

 

Our Kru – Masters

The word Kru in Khmer language means master.  In ancient time we called Ta, which is the 3rd word of our ancient of Kru Pram (5) Mae Ba Ta Preah Jav Gee religion, the origin of which has a mythological, or symbolic, association with the Khmer belief.

 

Kru Ta Ny Euer
Founder and posses of the Khmer’s ancient martial ethnic of Kbach Kun Boran (the core Science of fighting techniques, which consist of 12 Mae Sam – way or method), and the sub-core techniques of L’Bokak Tao, Sva Kess Krajork, Sva Prajab and Sra Ngae Pan.

 

 

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In the Pre-Modern era the fighting systems have developed either by a founder, or by the region through out the South East Asia.  This was the era before the European exploration and the Khmer’s martial ethnic Kbach Kun Boran evolved to Sneat Kun Pradal Prathd, where hands were wrapped with hemp rope.  The footwork (Tvear) Door or Gate fighting system was found my Kru Ta Hang.

 

Kru Ta Louch Ton
Founder and posses the Pradal Boran or Sneat Kun Pradal Prathd of the Door fighting system.  He is the grandson Kru Ta Hang.
Fighter name:  Pho Ton

 

 

Kru Ta Sue Lok
Founder and posses the Pradal Boran or Sneat Kun Pradal Prathd of the Door fighting system.  He is the student Kru Ta Hang and also founder of Boran Leay Sambai – ancient mix with modern style.
Fighter name:  Kirihingsa

 

 

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During the Frances Colonized Cambodia in 1863 (Wikipedia), Kun Khmer evolved to the fully modern art and sport of Free Style Kickboxing or Sneat Pradal Serey.  Khmer also inherited from the French of the Pradal Sakal which also known as Khmer boxing.

 

Kru Ta Oumry
Founder the Cambodian Kickboxing (Sneat Pradal Serey) in Long Beach, California.  Kru Oumry was one of the most respectful fighter during his time before 1975.  He earned his name after he defeated Medhet Nouy (left), the Thai fighter (image took in 1972, Kru Oumry is on the right) and others Legend Khmer fighters such as Chea Sarak, and Keo Ery.  Continued fighting well he was in Thailand for a short life before departed to the United State of America, he posses Sneat Pradal Serey & Boxing.
Fighter name:  Oumry

 

No image Kru Mao – Khmer traditional free style kickboxing or Sneat Pradal Serey in 1974.

 

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Kirihingsa started with small group under Kru Sue Lok in 1999.  Then expanded to Westgate in 2000 and Ohio State 2007.

Kru Vannak M. Kirihingsa
Co-founder and author of the Kun Khmer Warrior posses of the Khmer’s ancient martial ethnic of Kbach Kun Boran (the core Science of fighting techniques, which consist of 12 Mae Sam – way or method), and the sub-core techniques of L’Bokak Tao, Sva Kess Krajork, Sva Prajab and Sra Ngae Pan.  Pradal Boran Leay Samai, Sneat Pradal Serey.
Fighter name:  Kirihingsa

 

Also posses other ethnic arts and culture of Tai Kwon-Do and Shotokan Karate-Do.  My special thanks to all my Kru-Sensei (instructors) for certified me the skills and knowledge:

Sensei David Balassone-Shotokan Karate JKA/ISKA.
Sensei Martin Vaughan-Shotokan Karate JKA/ISKF.
Sensei Shadi Barazi and Karayash Daylami JKA.

 

Kru Sonny Phaiphanya
Co-founder of Boran Leay Samai, Pradal Boran, Sneat Pradal Serey
Fighter name:  Veng De

 

 

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What we do

Our goal and vision is to teach the authentic of Kun Khmer – the Khmer modern and ancient martial art, seeking perfection and identity the way of the warriors.  Kun Khmer is a traditional as well as ethnic martial art, therefore, our focus not only on physical skill but also on improvement in character and metal discipline.  To refine both mental and physical training as well as balancing between modern and ancient, the training consists of with three major type of arts:

  • The core Science of fighting techniques, which consist of the 12 Mae Sam Yudh
  • The core footwork’s door system, which consist of 12 Tvea of the “Boran Leay Sa’mai”
  • The Khmer traditional free style kickboxing of Sneat Pradal Serey

 

Training

We offer a variety of training programs for any age and gender with no previous knowledge of martial arts in general.  For beginners training consists of an instructional movements, techniques, rules and history of the art.  For the intermediates, training consists of conditioning exercises, strength training and endurance training.  Our training consists

  • Warm up – stretching – you can do you own routine or follow instructor’s lead.
  • Shadow fighting – work/practice various techniques with emphasis of fighting strategy and strong guard to protect body’s vulnerable targets, basic punching, elbowing, kicking and kneeing.
  • Pads exercises – build condition and stamina.  Pad work provide concentration, confidence and mental as well as physical discipline.  It also help improve strength, body alignment, balance and techniques movement and it is a good stress management.
  • Bag exercises – this is an excellent way to develop conditioning and muscle memory.  Kicking the bags good way to condition the shins as well as power though must be practice prior to class time or post training due to space allocation.
  • Sparing exercise is optional and for advance students, trained techniques, range and timing against a partner.  Sparing training is also use to examine various strategies in a fight.  It helps fighters to develop as well as perfect the punching power, elbows strike, kicks and knees with light to medium contact, mainly with the emphasis of fighting strategy.

Kbach Jungkongbok

 

Note:  Before attempting to work on bags for punching, kicking, elbowing or kneeing, one must properly trained for poor techniques will result severe pain and injury.

 

Competition

 

We strongly encouraged our students to participate in the Amateur fights-local tournament like the Arnold Martial Arts Festival, Bando and other tournaments.

 

Amateur fights are normally fought over four, two minute rounds with fighters wearing headguards, elbow pads, body protectors and shin guards.   This will not only help students develop their skills and experiences but also provide good sportsmanship and team works.

Kun Khmer is a life time seeking perfections. Martial art builds character, faith, endeavor, respect, and most importantly refrains from violent behavior. HAAT KUN KHMER JOMRERN SOK KAKPHEAP NENG SMARADEY PUCH KHMER NAK JAMBANG TAE JEAT CHEA!!!

 

Amateur (ex) fighters and achievement

Trevor Buxton

2008 Bando Tournament Currently coaching @OSU

 

Franklin DelGado

earned the 2nd place of the 2008 Bando Tournament

 

Alan Weisenberger

earned the Gold Medal of the 2009 Arnold Martial Art Tournament

 

Kevin Schultz

earned the Gold Medal of the 2009 Bando Tournament

 

 

Nathan Granger

earned the Gold Medal of the 2010 Arnold Martial Art Tournament

 

Sovanchanmonin(Alex)  Kirihingsa

earned the Gold Medal of the 2010 Arnold Martial Art Tournament

 

 

Shanlee Woodward

earned the Gold Medal of the 2010 Arnold Martial Art Tourn