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THE BRUTAL BURMESE MARTIAL ART: LETHWEI

Lethwei is a full-contact striking art, a full contact combat sport from Myanmar also known as a BURMESE BOXING. It is very similar to Muay Thai but, Lethwei is more brutal since fighters fight bare-knuckle and can use headbutts as a weapon. Lethwei dates back to the Pyu Empire in Myanmar, which reigned from the 2nd century BC to the 11th century. Fights back then required no gloves; fighters wrapped their hands in hemp. The matches only ended when one of the combatants got knocked out or could otherwise no longer continue.

Today, Lethwei matches are conducted in two different formats, the traditional format and a modernized offshoot. The modern version uses a point based system adapted from Muay Thai for declaring a winner. In the traditional version, there was no scoring system used for fights, instead the winner was decided based on which fighter drew first blood. Although widely considered to be the most brutal of martial arts, Lethwei is quickly gaining the attention of some of the world’s most fearless fighters that want to test their skills in the ring.

One of the main stances of Lethwei is the square stance, in which the fighter puts most of his weight on the leg placed at the back. This is done to lessen the load on the leg placed on the front for swift mobility. Quick push kicks can be the number one technique when it comes to self-defense. The headbutt is also what makes Lethwei the most realistic, this can be a devastating tool in a one-on-one 메이저사이트 fight. By shortening the distance between themselves and the opponent, a Lethwei fighter can easily include a headbutt as the end for his punching combination. Besides all this, another unique feature of Lethwei is the lack of hand protection. And to making it a more serious sport. Lethwei fighters only wear a gauze wrap and tape.

Like in kickboxing or Muay Thai, matches consist of 3,4, or 5 rounds depending if it is a non-title or a title bout. Each round lasts three minutes and unlike in most other striking arts, the rest period between the rounds is 2 minutes.

Knockouts are the key to success in this sport. In normal lethwei bouts, unless one fighter knocks their opponent out, and that fighter cannot continue, it will result in a draw. And even if a fighter is knocked unconscious, he can be given a two-minute time out to be woken up, recover and step back into the ring. Lethwei fighters are not just strikers. They need to learn how to maintain their balance and stop the rival from taking them down.