PHOTO ESSAY: Khmer Free Fighting

14 Aug

Pradal Serey, aka Khmer Free Fighting, is Cambodia’s national sport. It is a dazzling and violent aerial ballet where fighters use their feet, knees, elbows and fists to pummel their opponent into submission.

The kickboxing-like martial art traces its origins to the dawn of the mighty Khmer Empire that dominated Southeast Asia from the 9th until the 15th century. The following photographs were taken at the Cambodian Television Network’s Phnom Penh studio on August 14, 2011.

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