Elephantine Arts of Self-Defence. Martial. Of Yore.

In Our World. Legends do so and tell of Animals. Animal Forms of Self-Defence that mimic and utilise aspects of the Creatures concerned. Concerns of Martialness that led the Ancient Ancestors to follow the Ways of Nature. Nature of the Beast that is. Is Herein. Those of the grand ol’ Pachyderms. Natures. Elephant styled Guardians of a oft forgot and lost Age. Of Yore. Intel Bytes #8 Elephantine Arts of Self-Defence.

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In Our World. Legends do so and tell of Animals. Animal Forms of Self-Defence that mimic and utilise aspects of the Creatures concerned. Concerns of Martialness that led the Ancient Ancestors to follow the Ways of Nature. Nature of the Beast that is. Is Herein. Those of the grand ol’ Pachyderms. Natures. Elephant styled Guardians of a oft forgot and lost Age. Of Yore. Intel Bytes #8 Elephantine Arts of Self-Defence.

 

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Elephantine

Arts of Self-Defence.

Martial. Of Yore.

The Tree shook, shivered.

My Shins shuddered.

My Feet already numb.

Shooting Shin pains. Skin splits. Blood smears.

Knees, Shoulders, Forearms, Elbows, Palms.

 

Were next.

 

Then. Two now smiling… and similarly bloodied…

fellow Class-mates grabbed a Stick each.

 

One Frontal. One at the Rear. Of me.

Beat a haphazard path on those bits of Me

thus so and far missed. They didn’t miss much more btw’s.

 

Meat in a Stick Sambo Drum Fest. That is and was, me.

Core. Beaten. Back. Bloodied, not bowed. Well,..

 

a lil… actually.

 

Bokator.

 

The Ways of the Martial Elephant. And Trees.

Of Yore.

 

 

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Intel Bytes #8

 

The Natures of the Elephant.

Solid Strength, Awareness, Astuteness.

Sturdy, Earthy, Enduring.

 

Dependable. Community inclined.

Supportive. Steadfast.

 

 

Elephantine

Arts of Self-Defence.

 

Animal Themed and based Forms are not uncommon within several in the Ways

of Self-Defence. The Martial Ways. Traditionally a Symbol that so incorporates

assets of the Creature and Our World Legends fascination and beliefs of and with

 

the Creatures facets.

 

 

Conditioning is an essential for Combat oriented Arts and Ways. Ways and Methods

within improve, benefit physically and mentally. Strengthenings.

A Top 6 may include varieties of;

 

Deadlifts, Squats, Pull-Ups, Push-Ups, Sprints.

Tearing strips off Trees.

 

Hand, Limb toughening by repetitional strikes.

On progressively tougher Materials.

Bruise upon bruise, calloused skin thick.

Over Times and Places.

 

Repeated stress and shock to thus and so de-stress

these and those shocks in Combat. Combat

 

 

Styles of Bokator involves the systematic and flowing motions of the

observed Natural movements of many of Our World Creatures. A rather

complex though interconnected System of Self-Defence results. Conditioning

and Training Exercises/Routines may include:

 

Bag, Sand, Wood and Rock for the Hands.

Bag and Wood for the Rest.

To pound. Repeatedly.

 

Trees in the Main.

When of Yore.

 

 

BOKATOR is a Cambodian Khmer Martial Arts Tradition and System. Also.

Of Yore.

 

 

Literally means…to “…pound a Lion…”.

 

The styling of the Nomen may indicate and reflect a Natural Fact.

Lions only Attack Elephants on rare occasions. Famine, Sickness and Dis ease.

The Young, the Main Target.

 

In response the Elephant uses it’s bulk mass and Community as support. Also. Charging,

Slamming and Body Mass pivots, Trunk Swings, Trumpetings and so on. Quite

fast paced when disturbed or during migrations to Waters. Naturally strong, great

strength in numbers too. To

 

and fro motions to gain or retreat. Very few Natural Predators.

 

 

Contests of Strength, Might and Fighting ability were popular among the Mughal

(…Mogul…) Emperors. The Battle over when One Elephant grounded the Other. Elephants

were rarely hurt in any serious manner, though the Mahouts (…Trainer/Rider…)

followed Tradition, having said

 

Goodbyes to Fam. As they tended not to survive. Such Bouts and Falls.

 

(…There are occasional Modern such Issues with Elephants and Trainers.

As with Phlai Ekasit; The Elephantine Star of A Martial Arts Movie Series.

 

A Modern adapted Version of the Martial Elephant Legend and Tradition

can be found within this and that: THE PROTECTOR/ONG BAK Movie Series.

Starring Phlai Ehasit, Elephant/Actor and Tony Jaa Martial Artist/Actor…)

 

Only some of Bokator’s Techniques and Methods utilise the Animal Forms as

others use a systematic practical fight approach.

 

 

Animal forms include those of Snake, Horse, Eagle, Crane, Monkey,

Lion, Crocodile, Crab, Duck

and Elephant. Elephantine Self-Defence. That is. Therein. Bokator.

 

Locks, Holds, Grabs, Strikes, Submissions and Weaponry within

Bokator’s Styles and Forms. Forms that create a close Hand-to-Hand Combat Style

and System whereby much of the Body is used for both Defence and (Counter) Attacks.

A full-on Body Combat System.

 

The current Uniform reflecting that of Tradition with the still prevailing

Colored Scarves, Cords a part of the accepted System.

 

Leg Movements similar to the Modern Kick-Boxing though the Combat System

more Martial oriented. War-like that is. Stick and Sword, Short and Long;

are the main Weapons

though many others incorporated and somewhat dependent on the particular

Master’s Knowledge.

 

Elbow, Knee Feints and Strikes. Leg, Shin Kicks.

Grappling, Groundworks and more.

 

 

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An Ancient Art and Traditional Ways.

 

A King. King Jayavarman vii; Khmer Ruler of the 12th Century

an avid Practitioner of such Combat Arts. Arts that many of

the Angkorian Dynasties used to dominate these and their Lands

 

of Our Times and Places. Of Yore.

 

 

The despotic and nefarious KHMER ROUGE Leaders of the 1970’s

actively targeted such Martial Lineages and Masters thereof.

 

A recurring Theme in many Olden Ways… Btw.

 

Bokator has experienced a bit of a boost and recharge of late

with the surviving Master Practitioners now fairly free to continue

 

the study and pursuit of this Ancient Art.

 

 

A Book detailing History, Origins and Traditions with over 10 Years of Research by

 

70-year-old Grand-master San Kim Sean has been presented to UNESCO

with co-operation from the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).

 

 

A “…First…” National Bokator Seminar and Competition was held in 2006.

Teams from 9 Provinces displayed and tested Methods and Ways.

 

The Elephantine Ways as well. Well as

 

 

now.

 

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