Lethwei

Embracing Tradition: The Rise of Lethwei

The Fight Nation spent a couple of days with Dave Leduc to learn about Lethwei, a traditional form of full contact, bare-knuckled fighting that hails from Myanmar and attracts the purists of the unarmed combat sports world.

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Best Myanmar Lethwei - มวยคาดเชือก พม่า ที่เก่งที่สุด

In ancient times, matches were held for entertainment and were popular with every strata of society. Participation was opened to any male, whether king or commoner. At that time, matches took place in sandpits instead of rings. Boxers fought without protective equipment, only wrapping their hands in hemp or gauze. There were no draws and no point system—the fight went on until one of the participants was knocked out or could no longer continue. Back then, Burmese boxing champions would enter the ring and call for open challenges.

Kyar Ba Nyein, who participated in boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics, pioneered modern lethwei by setting in place modern rules and regulations. He travelled around Myanmar, especially the Mon and Karen states where a lot of villagers were still actively practicing lethwei. Kyar Ba Nyein brought them back to Mandalay and Rangoon and, after training with them, encouraged them to compete in the matches he organised.

The Myanmar government has made some organisational changes to make Burmese boxing more marketable internationally. There are a number of Burmese boxers who do compete in Thailand professionally with varying degrees of success.

Saw Gaw Mu Doe vs Luis Alberto, Myanmar Lethwei Extreme Fight 2017, Lekkha Moun, Burmese Boxing

Saw Gaw Mu Doe (Myanmar) vs Luis Alberto (Mexico)
Yae Lethwei Fight 2017

Gaw Gaw (Saw Gaw Mu Doe) is key fighter of Thut Ti Club. Phyan Thwe beat him KO last year.
In Win sein Taw Ya Fight, Luis Alberto was supposed to fight with Phyan Thwe.
But there was some weight different on the day before the fight.
Phyan Thwe canceled the fight. Organizer replaced with Ye Ying Aung, (Nagar Marn Club) for the fight with Luis.

Yae Township, (Shwe san daw, Thaung Pyin, karrutpi village) is also a famous place for lethwei events. Most of top lethwei fighters have already been gone through the fights during lethwei season.

Lethwei also known as Burmese Boxing and Myanmar Traditional Boxing may well be the most brutal and exciting form of kickboxing the world has ever seen. Lethwei is in many ways similar to it’s younger sibling Muay Thai from neighboring Thailand.


Soe Lin Oo vs Petrung Myanmar Lethwei Fight 2017, Lekkha Moun, Burmese Boxing

Soe Lin Oo (Myanmar) vs Petrung Sudsakon (Thailand)
Main Card Fight on Yae Fight 2017

Yae Township, (Shwe san daw, Thaung Pyin, karrutpi village) is also a famous place for lethwei events. Most of top lethwei fighters have already been gone through the fights during lethwei season.

Lethwei also known as Burmese Boxing and Myanmar Traditional Boxing may well be the most brutal and exciting form of kickboxing the world has ever seen. Lethwei is in many ways similar to it’s younger sibling Muay Thai from neighboring Thailand.


BRUTAL KO's Myanmar Lethwei Highlights

Tun Tun Min vs Dave Leduc, 2nd Rematch, Myanmar Lethwei Fight 2016, Lekkha Moun, Burmese Boxing

Golden Flagship (Air KBZ)
Champion Title Fight

National Lethwei Champion: Tun Tun Min (Myanmar)
International Challenger: Dave Leduc (Canada)

11-12-2016, Thein Phyu Stadium
Extreme Crash of Lethwei Titan
KO or Draw ... There is no such thing as Win by score.

Lethwei also known as Burmese Boxing and Myanmar Traditional Boxing may well be the most brutal and exciting form of kickboxing the world has ever seen.


【LETHWEI GP JAPAN 2017】Tun Lwin Moe vs Syuhei Higashi (トゥン・ルイン・モー vs 東修平)

Nov 15,2017 Korakuen Hall
LETHWEI GP JAPAN 2017
The sixth game
Tun Lwin Moe (Myanmar) vs Syuhei Higashi (Japan)

2017年6月16日 後楽園ホール
ラウェイ・グランプリ・イン・ジャパン
第六試合
トゥン・ルイン・モー(ミャンマー) vs 東修平(日本)

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Myanmar Lethwei KO Highlights

Myanmar lethwei Fight (Phyan Thway vs Iquezang)

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World Lethwei (Burmese Bareknuckle Boxing) Championship Fight I Victor Hugo Nunes

Tiger Muay Thai fighter Victor Hugo Nunes put on one amazing fight in his Lethwei(Burmese Bareknuckle Boxing) debut in Yangon, Myanmar last week when he faced 65kg champion Thar Thae Ta Pwint. In Lethwei, often called the style of nine limbs (due to headbutts being legal), winners are determined only by knockout and there are no judges if the fight goes the full distance.

Kyar Pauk Vs Laydan, Lethwei vs MuayThai, 2016, Lekkha Moun, Burmese Boxing

Match of Famous Lethwei Fighter, Kyar Pauk (Myanmar) vs Ladan (Thailand) on December 2015 at Karen state.

Lethwei (Letwhay) also known as Burmese Boxing and Myanmar Traditional Boxing may well be the most brutal and exciting form of kickboxing the world has ever seen. Lethwei is in many ways similar to it’s younger sibling Muay Thai from neighboring Thailand.


The best Fighter ( Striker ) in the World - King of Lethwei - Tway Ma Shaung

Pound for Pound the best striker in the World .
Lethwei is King of Striking Sports , the art of 9 limbs .
Tway Ma Shaung is the King of Lethwei.

Tway Ma Shaung - 60 - 64 kg
Height - 5' 6''
Nationalities - Myanmar ( Burmese )

Lethwei ?
Lethwei or Burmese bare-knuckle boxing is a full contact combat sport from Myanmar that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Lethwei is considered to be one of the most aggressive and brutal martial arts in the world, because the fighters fight bare-knuckle with only the use tape and gauze on their hands.[2] The use of fists, elbows, knees, feet but more surprisingly, the head makes it a very unusual martial art. Although disallowed in many combat sports, in Lethwei, the use of headbutt is encouraged. This is the reason it also known as The Art of 9 limbs.

Lek kha Moun ?
The lek kha moun is the traditional gesture performed by Lethwei fighters to challenge their opponent with courage and respect. The lek kha moun is done by clapping 3 times with right palm to the triangle shaped hole formed while bending the left arm. The clapping hand must be in form of a cup, while the left hand must be placed under the right armpit. The lek kha moun is done at the beginning of the lethwei yay and can also be done while fighting.

This invitation to fight is inspired from the birds of prey, like the eagle, as they flap their wings when flying and hunting.

Lethwei Yay ?
The lethwei yay could be described as a fight dance. It is done before the fight and as a victory dance after the fight. The lek kha moun is usually confused with the lethwei yay, but the lek kha moun is performed alongside with lethwei yay.

Tway Ma Shaung is Myanmar Lethwei living Legend. King of KO , man of Steel , Mr ever Come On , Mr Fearless .

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The Expedition to Lethwei Gold (Burmese Bare-Knuckle Boxing) Episode III

Follow the journey as TMT fighters Dave ''The Nomad'' Leduc​, Mónica Brenes​ and Victor Hugo Nunes​ fought some incredible fights for Lethwei(Burmese Bareknuckle Boxing) World titles in Yangon, Myanmar.

Episode I-
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Lethwei Burmese Boxing [HD] - Aphyu Yaung Thway Thit Gym - Fighter Training - Yangon Myanmar

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Aphyu Yaung Thway Thit Gym is a traditional Myanmar boxing club that can be found on a narrow, unmarked street in North Okkalapa Township, Yangon. Boxers train there not in an inside a gym, but on the street in the open air. This video shows parts of the fighter's afternoon training session.

Video captured by AndréRené / in March 2011.

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Lethwei vs Muay Thai Headbutt KO

Karin New Year Bouts

Too Too vs Dave Leduc, Myanmar Lethwei Fight, Lekkha Moun 2016, Burmese Boxing

First Class Myanmar Lethwei Fighter Too Too (Myanmar) vs Dave Leduc (Canada). Lethwei World Championship Title Fight, 21 August 2016 Thu Wanna Stadium Myanmar.

Lethwei also known as Burmese Boxing and Myanmar Traditional Boxing may well be the most brutal and exciting form of kickboxing the world has ever seen. Lethwei is in many ways similar to it’s younger sibling Muay Thai from neighboring Thailand.


【LETHWEI in Japan4~FRONTIER~】Phyan Thway vs Kouhei Tokeshi(ピャン・トゥエ vs 渡慶次 幸平)

2017年6月16日(金)TDCホール
LETHWEI in Japan4~FRONTIER~
第4試合

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【LETHWEI in Japan3~GRIT~】Saw Nga Mann vs Teruhiko Kubo(ソー・ンガ・マン vs 久保 輝彦)

2017年4月18日(火)後楽園ホール
LETHWEI in Japan3~GRIT~
第3試合

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Documentary of Myanmar Lethwei kickboxing

Myanmar lethwei kickboxing.

Myanmar Lethwei(Thway Thit Aung MyanmarVS Pin Toung Thai 2017)Myanmar Sport Group

Myanmar Lethwei(Thway Thit Aung MyanmarVS Pin Toung Thai 2017)
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