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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.
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BRUTAL KO's Myanmar Lethwei Highlights

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.

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Pound for Pound the best Fighter in the World - King of Lethwei - Tway Ma Shaung

Lethwei is King of Striking Sports , the art of 9 limbs .
Tway Ma Shaung is the King of Lethwei.

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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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.


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Myanmar Lethwei( Saw Ye Win & Jit Too 2018 )Myanmar Sport Group

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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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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.


Muay Lao VS Burmese Lethwei / ມວຍລາວ vs ມວຍພະມ້າ

Petchmuengchon (Laos) vs Saw Phoe Kwar (Myanmar)
ເພັດເມືອງຊົນຊົກໂມຍຄາດເຊືອກກັບພະມ້າ
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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.


Muay Thai Champion(Par Wee) vs. Myanmar Lethwei(Tway McShaun) Part 2

Par Vi = 2007, 2008 International Muay Thai Champion.
Tway McShaun = 2007 Myanmar Lethwei Champion.

This fight is under Myanmar Lethwei rules. Rules are: -1 time out -Fight goes to the ground the fight is reset on the feet -All strikes like headbutts, punches,kicks, knees, slam down with strikes legal -No pads no gloves, barenuckle only. - no judges, fight goes to draw if no KO. Description by BF1.

Myanmar Lethwei. Myanmar Traditional Boxing is a form of kickboxing which originated in Myanmar. Lethwei is in many ways similar to its siblings from neighboring South-East Asian countries such as Tomoi from Malaysia, Pradal Serey from Cambodia and Muay Thai from Thailand. If Thai Boxing is the science of 8 limbs, then Lethwei can be called the science of 9 limbs, due to the allowance of head butts. In comparison, Lethwei can be interpreted as being bolder and more extreme. Myanmar boxers are said to be slightly bigger and taller than their Thai counterparts. The techniques are a bit slower and stronger than in the other Southeast Asian kickboxing forms. There are records recording Lethwei style matches dating back to the Pyu Empire in Myanmar. Ancient Myanmar armies successfully used Lethwei, Bando and its armed sibling Banshay in winning many wars against neighboring countries. Participants fight without gloves or protection, wrapping only their hands in hemp or gauze cloth. Fights are traditionally held outdoors in sandpits instead of rings, but in modern times they are now held in rings. Popular techniques in Lethwei include leg kicks, knees, elbows, head butts, raking knuckle strikes, and take downs. Matches traditionally and ultimately would go until a fighter could no longer continue. In earlier times, there no draws, only a win or loss by knockout. No point system existed. Extreme bloodshed was very common and death in the ring was no surprise. Nowadays in the match, if a knockout occurs, the boxer is revived and has the option of continuing; as a result, defense, conditioning, and learning to absorb punishment are very important. Myanmar boxers spend a great deal of time preparing the body to absorb impact and conditioning their weapons to dish it out. Matches today are carried out in both the traditional manner and a more modern offshoot started in 1996, the Myanma Traditional boxing. The modern style has changed to make the contests more of an organized sport under the government's organization. It should be noted that the modern style of Myanma Traditional Boxing greatly resembles Muay Thai in its sporting outlook, and not quite the rougher and tumble fighting of its rural roots.
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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.


Documentary of Myanmar Lethwei kickboxing

Myanmar lethwei kickboxing.

LETHWEI NATION FIGHT - MOE HEIN ( Myanmar ) vs LY PHEA ( Cambodia )

Lethwei Nation Fight 1
25 June 2017
Yangon , Myanmar
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Legandary Myanmar Lethwei Fighter - Win Tun - Highlights

Lethwei Master - Sayar Win Tun
4 x Golden Belt Champion

Myanmar Lethwei - The Art of 9 Limbs - Burmese Boxing

Tun Tun Min vs Dave Leduc, GTG Myanmar Lethwei Fight 2016, Lekkha Moun, Burmese Boxing

National Lethwei Champion: Tun Tun Min 80kg (Myanmar)
International Challenger: Dave Leduc 75 kg (Canada)

09-10-2016, Thein Phyu Stadium
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 is in many ways similar to it’s younger sibling Muay Thai from neighboring Thailand.




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.

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The best of Lethwei Knockouts from The King Dave Ludac
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