Martial Arts Odyssey: Muay Boran Part 1

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Host, Antonio Graceffo, travels to Khmer Suring province of Thailand to study Muay Thai Boran with Adjan Sok Chai, the first teacher of film star Tony Jaa. Khmer Surin province used to be part of Cambodia, and Antonio explores the connection between Khmer Bokator and Muay Thai Boran.
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@brooklynmonk1 technically you could include Krabi Krabong in Boran or see it as a separate art. But as for Ledrit, the only reference i have ever heard of ledrit is on the show Human Weapon. I have lived and trained over here for 9 years and neither I nor ANYONE else i can find, has ever heard of Ledrit.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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Mr. Graceffo, I have read the warrior's odyessy and it has been the best I have ever read in years only took me 6 to 7 days. The way how you travelled around through those countries and learned from important figures it's just amazing. It taught mea lot about Southeaste Asia and gave inspiration. Keep learning and travelling if you create enough works can change the way people think about the places. I plan to read it again for you have made a difference, friend. sincerely Raymond Earl Murry III

Author — RMTrade29

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hey i love your videos and listening to your experiences in SEA. I also love muay thai and through Tony Jaa's (whom im obsessed with) movies and performances and your videos i learned that there was a real and effective martial art behind it and that it's no just a sport. it is my dream to go to Thailand and just learn from the masters of the art. however, i would like to know how well women are received by these masters? is it not accepted? not taken seriously? or hopefully, is it the opposite?

Author — Melissa Reyes

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Thank you for letting me know. I am proud of you for taking such a huge step. Please keep in touch and let me know how your trip goes.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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Cool video, I wasn't sure if the rumors of Tony Jaa being a Khmer were true or not but it looks like it is. Actually I think I remember you mentioning that he is a Khmer Surin. Funny thing, most Thai people can trace their genealogy to Khmer Roots because of the Angkorians who dominated half of SEA. Most people today don't have a strong Tai lineage
As for Kyuktooki. I've looked into it last year and it actually is a Korean System NOT based on SEA systems but on a Monks martial art 300 years ago

Author — hazza3

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thanks for the upload, i highly recommend using the ancient style in the ring as the poor saps who use only ring style have no idea what's happening lmao it worked for me :D

Author — Wodney

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Antonio, thanks for your videos. They are really helping me make with my decision to visit Thailand and other SE Asian countries.

Author — SIDNEY OWSLEY

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@clearcombat Actually, although boran menas ancient, by legal definition anything before 1925 is Boran. When Muay Thai was codified as a sport, when the rules were written up, and gloves and ring became mandatory, that was considered the end of boran. so boran is actually anything before that time.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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in boxing i use a very tight close style but for muay they want me further away. i think it works because in muay you have to avoid getting hit with knees and avoid getting grabbed.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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@creamfannn No, he can only speak Thai. most of the fighters in that area are Khmer or Lao, but the trainers are mostly Thai.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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@raytitan19 Thanks so much, and I am happy you enjoyed my book, Warrior Odyssey. Please tell all of your friends to buy 100 copies.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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@sahapoom1975 You probably need to go read some history books. Surin belonged to Cambodia until the 18th century, when it was ceded to Thailand. Tony Jaa is a Thai citizen but he is not ethnic Thai. He is Kuy (Suoy) the people who work with elephants in Thailand. A significant percentage of the people in Surin, especially around Surin City, are ethnic Khmer. How do you not know this?

Author — brooklynmonk1

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thanks for the support. i am trying to show people different martial arts and cultures and teachers, even if my skills arent perfect. but the one called thailandgammler told me where he trains and i will find him in bangkok.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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true, in the Black Belt Magazine story i did on him, his teacher told me he had a black belt in TKD and studied gymnastics for years.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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@JamesChan187 When Rama I became the Thai monarch, he appointed Luang Surin Phakdi as the province's governor. In 1763 the village was moved to the location of the modern city of Surin, and was upgraded to a city with the name Muang Prathai Saman. Also, that the original location of the town was at Muang Thi, approximately fifthteen kilometres to the east of the modern city. In 1786, the city's name was changed to Surin in honor of its governor.

Author — sahapoom1975

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muay thai is a sport art, for fighting in the ring. you wear gloves, fight in rounds and follow rules. muay thai boran is the original art which has a lot more techniques and is more deadly.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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Ohkay, let us clear a few things up:
Muay Boran was the combat system taught over the last eon on battle fields to defend Thailand.
Muay Thai is the modern sport version of Muay Boran.
Both arts are descended from Krabi Krabong, which is a weapons and empy hand system, used for pure combat and defense.
Krabi Krabong and Muay Boran are geared towards death as the end result of the exchange while Muay Thai hopes for a clean knock out.
Does that clear it up a bit?


Author — Muayman Alliance

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actually you are right. i just love filipino pop music and the song was called Abot Khmei which in khmer langugae would be Abot Khmer or the head monk in a monastery and i am living in a monastery with khmers when we shot this.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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kyle you are incredible. do you know anything about martial arts at all? the low kick is just a variation of a roundhouse. how do you not see that? seriously, push kick and round house, thats it. everything else is a variation. by the way, how many gyms, how many trainers, how many years, and how many fights have you had? i suspect the answer is one or less than one.

Author — brooklynmonk1

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@JamesChan187 Surin used to be part of Khmer Kingdom.Angkor was sacked by the Ayutthaya Kingdom and abandoned in 1432.It is in the 18th century that Surin re-emerges. At this time a Kuay local leader named Chiangpum became the royally appointed ruler of the region. According to legend he presented a rare white elephant to the Chao Phaya Chakri, future King Rama I. In gratitude, Chiangpum was awarded the royal title Luang Surin Phakdi and appointed the village headman.

Author — sahapoom1975