During the Frances Colonized Cambodia in 1863 (Wikipedia), Kun Khmer evolved to fully modern sport and became Cambodia’s National Sport embraced of the Sneat Kun Pradal (Khmer free-style Kickboxing) is the name of many centuries’ oldest kickboxing. The break-down techniques call “Sneat Kun Pradal Serey” and the Khmer calls it “Phlae” or fruit of the Boran core techniques. Today version of the Sneat Kun Pradal Serey breaks down to fives foundation elements which consist of, Dal-punches (also call Matt or Mud during the colonial), Kaeng-elbows, Tert Smoang-shin kicks, Chunggong Boat-bending knees and Jro Bab-clinch. Jro Bab – clinch is also used to wear down the opponent as found in the Kbach Kun Boran Khmer, but conceptually used to trick the opponent for easy target for elbows or knee. The image carved on the wall of Angkor temple, illustrated the catching the opponent leg which is still used in today sport event fight.
Pradal means fight and Serey means free, this is the image of Pradal Serey or Kun Khmer during the Frances colonized Cambodia. The boxing gloves were replaced the hemp rope. Today many of its students are all over of the South East Asian and now making it way to United States, Europe and Australia by the former Kun Khmer fighters or students. Modern Sneat Pradal Serey differs from the original ancient angkorean art of Kbach Kun Boran Khmer. The techniques and moves of the art change to support the sport events, rules and regulation. It is a spectacular sport of the South East Asia, and its events very popular, much like football, basketball or Soccer in the west. Sneat Kun Pradal Serey is a way of life in the South East Asia, everyone possess at lease a few Sneat for self-defends. It is very similar to Muay Thai in Thailand, Tomoi in Malaysia, Muay Lao in Laos, and Lethwei in Myanmar. Compared to the Thai counterpart, the Khmer Sneat Kun Pradal Serey version tends to emphasize more elusive and shifty fighting stances. The Khmer version also tends to utilize more elbow techniques than any other in the regions. The Khmer elbows blows techniques are more victories than any other based technique.
Kun Khmer in Cambodia
Kun Khmer is also making a strong comeback in Cambodia. Kun Khmer today is no long isolated or kept in secret but it is being taught to the world. There are clubs opened up for local students as well as foreign in Cambodia. There are weekly matches televise live for CTN, TV 5 or Bayon TV and have open up for international competition. The show can be seen worldwide on the Globcast broadcast network. Top Kun Khmer fighters during the Kru Oumry era, such as Chhit Sarim, Meas Sokry, and Treung Sossay, survived the Khmer Rouge, now a Kru in Cambodia, also produces a lot of champions fighters such as
Eh Phoutong- Khmer Kickboxing Champion
Ot Phoutong-TV5 kickboxing champion
Vorn Viva – International Khmer Kickboxer
Meas Chanta – International Khmer Kickboxer
Pich Arun – International Khmer Kickboxer
Pich Sophun – International Khmer Kickboxer
Chey Kosal – International Khmer Kickboxer
Bun Sothea- Cambodian S1 champion
Sneet Kun Pradal Serey Khmer is a heart and soul of the Khmer people. Someday we will unify all Kun Khmer as one much like King Jayavaraman II unified the Chenla of the land and Chenla of the Sea and formed the Khmer Empire.