I've been lucky enough to study traditional Khmer martial arts, like Bokator, Pradal Serey, and a mixture of other styles and cultures, with my awesome teacher and friend, Kru Rama here in Cambodia. We switched it up the other day with a fun workout in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, the capital city. We had a little kid who was watching hold my camera and take some video, and he showed off what he learned later by kicking my butt!
I'm just a beginner to Khmer martial arts and every workout is incredibly humbling, not only athletically but mentally. A lot of it is trying to forget everything I learned with years of boxing training (just for fun), replacing it with the concepts that are about the art of fighting for survival in the streets. But if there's one thing I've been taught, it's all about being in balance, understanding and using the principle forces of nature, and more than anything, respecting other people and ourselves.
Don't miss Norm's new book,
The Queens of Dragon Town!
Norm Schriever is a best-selling author, expat, cultural mad scientist, and enemy of the comfort zone. He travels the globe, telling the stories of the people he finds, and hopes to make the world a little bit better place with his words.