Martial arts include kung fu (Pinyin gongfu), judo, karate, and kendo, which are all primarily East Asian fighting sports or talents.

Armed and unarmed martial arts are two types of martial arts. Archery, spearmanship, and swordsmanship are examples of the former; the latter, which developed in China, focuses on striking with the feet and hands or grappling. In Japan, a warrior’s traditional training included archery, swordsmanship, unarmed combat, and armoured swimming. Other classes that were interested in combat focused on staff arts, common work instruments (such as thrashing flails, sickles, and knives), and unarmed combat. Ninjutsu, which was designed for military spies in feudal Japan and encompassed training in disguise, escape, concealment, geography, meteorology, medicine, and explosives, was perhaps the most varied technique. Some armed martial arts adaptations, such as kend (fencing) and kyd (archery), are now performed as sports in modern times. Unarmed combat derivatives such as judo, sumo, karate, and tae kwon do, as well as self-defense forms such as aikido, hapkido, and kung fu, are practised. Simplified versions of tai chi chuan (taijiquan), a Chinese style of unarmed combat, are popular as a type of healthy exercise that has nothing to do with martial arts. Many of the armed and unarmed forms have derivatives that are used for spiritual development.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Mixed martial arts (MMA) dates back to the dawn of warfare. It was practised in ancient Greece, China, Egypt, India, Italy, and Japan in various forms. However, each country’s norms and regulations were distinct.

Modern mixed martial arts uses grappling and hitting both standing and on the ground, notwithstanding the ancient varieties of the discipline.

Mixed martial arts bouts account for the majority of the matches in the ONE Circle, and 11 ONE World Titles are currently on the line in this discipline.

In addition, ONE’s mixed martial artists have pulled off some of the most spectacular knockouts and submissions in history.

Khmer Kun

Kun Khmer is an ancient Khmer language that dates back to the 9th century. The martial art was utilised to defend Cambodia against foreign invaders as well as to invade and conquer neighbouring nations. Strikes and clinching are the main focus, and grappling on the ground is prohibited.

Chan Rothana, Khon Sichan, Nou Srey Pov, and Sok Thy are just a few of the Cambodian athletes competing in The Home Of Martial Arts who come from a Kun Khmer background.


Lethwei is an ancient Myanmar art form that dates back to the 2nd century, when the Pyu Empire ruled much of Myanmar. Matches were originally held only for the purpose of entertainment.

Kyar Ba Nyein, a 1952 boxing Olympian, toured over Myanmar to develop the sport’s rules and regulations, which are still in use today.

Punches, knees, elbows, kicks, and headbutts are all used in lethwei, which is known as “the art of nine limbs.”

Gold Belt Champions Mite Yine and Ye Thway Ne are two of the most well-known practitioners. Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, a featherweight superstar, has competed in the sport.

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