Bokator is a Cambodian martial art that was almost lost entirely during the time of the Khmer Rouge. People who were skilled in the art were high on the kill list. Those that survived did so in exile or refugee camps or in hiding.
As Cambodia emerges from its recent destructive history, interest in reviving lost cultural arts has skyrocketed. There are countless schools teaching a variety of traditional Khmer techniques in a variety of the arts and Bokator is no exception.
The kids at Green Gecko have been learning Bokator and we got to see a demonstration of the girls' skills. The littlest Geckos showed off fighting moves in the form of a dance.
The older girls displayed weapons moves.
When the girls were finished, San Kim Sean (considered the father of modern bokator) showed us how to kick ass using only a krama (piece of cloth).