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Cambodian Boxing Federation
Officially Opens Kickboxing School in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 11/11/11 — Want to be challenged physically and mentally, keep fit and stay active? Now you can! Beginning November 11th, the new Apsara Kbach Kun Boran Khmer School, or AKKBK, in Phnom Penh, will offer training in the art of Pradal Serey, or Cambodian kickboxing, to local and international martial arts enthusiasts.
“We are honored and happy to be able to share with our neighbors and friends from around the world the art of Cambodian kickboxing,” said Yuth Phouthang, Honorable Director of the Cambodian Boxing Federation (CBF) and head of the AKKBK. “The different types of programs at the school, our refurbished facilities and dedicated instructors will provide all trainees with the best possible learning experience.”
The AKKBK, the only official school by the traditional CBF in Asia, offers a variety of training programs that can be tailored to trainees at all levels, from beginners interested in learning the fundamentals and basics techniques, to intermediates already familiar with kickboxing or other martial arts, to professionals preparing to compete both in Cambodia and internationally.
The school boasts newly refurbished training facilities, located in the same complex as the Old Stadium, in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district; top-class instructors recruited from among the top kickboxers of Cambodia’s past and present, including the world-famous Chhit Sarim, Eh Phouthang, and Auth Phouthang, former and current Cambodian and world kickboxing champions; and a wealth of experience, networks, and professionalism already established by the CBF.
International trainees can take advantage of complete and worry-free training packages that include hotel accommodation; three meals daily; and transport. Travelers to this country who wish to learn a traditional martial art form, and experience a unique vacation, can also sign up for short-term courses. The School’s English-speaking staff is available to help organize day tours and weekend trips to Cambodian heritage sites such as the spectacular Angkor Wat.
Another highlight of training at AKKBK are opportunities available to select students to fight Cambodian kickboxers on live TV and in front of a live audience through the school’s exclusive partnership with Cambodian television network Apsara TV.
“Through AKKBK, foreign visitors can learn a little more about Khmer culture and traditions,” said Yuth Phouthang. “We also hope to build a cadre of local and international kickboxers well-trained in Pradal Serey, so that this ancient tradition will continue to be practiced by many people for centuries to come.”
Why is Pradal Serey exciting?
Today’s Pradal Serey form of Cambodian kickboxing is the direct succession of the earlier form of fighting techniques that emerged under the name Kbach Kun Boran (meaning “ancient martial arts”), which was used in the ninth century on the battlefield alongside various weapons and war elephants. It has changed very little from its ancient origin; only some of the rules have been