The Bokator is a martial art of Khmer origin whose existence dates back several centuries (its creation dates back to the 3rd century or so). In this term, we find the word "Bok" for "bump", "a" for "the" and finally "tor" for "lion". Beyond the literature, it is notably the architecture as well as the sculpture of the bas-reliefs of the temples which in the form of Sanskrit or of drawings (the people being then illiterate) tell the way of life of the ancient Khmers as well as warriors during battles. The martial arts used by the Khmer are inscribed in the stone of the temples as well as the monuments of Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Preah Vihear or Bayon.
It is said that the Khmer warriors fought lions with their bare hands using the bokator. Thus, in Cambodian, the word means "to face the lion". This is a discipline derived from the Thai box that is more like a technique of self-defense. In the exercise, all shots are accepted. Elbows, fists, kicks and the control of his opponent when on the ground, this martial art is quite violent. In addition, there are nearly 10,000 techniques to know. If you want to pass the "black kroma" which is equivalent to the black belt, you will need to know about 2,000 techniques.