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Lethwei

Lethwei or Burmese boxing, is a full contact combat sport from Myanmar that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.

Lethwei

• One of the most aggressive martial arts in the world

• Content that’s never been broadcast outside of Myanmar

• Exciting action

• Will extend audience from other fight sports

• Universal appeal from fight fans


Lethwei or Burmese 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 brutal martial arts in the world, as the sport is done bareknuckle with only tape and gauze while fighters are allowed to strike with their fists, elbows, knees, feet and headbutts are also permitted.

Disallowed in most combat sports, headbutts are important weapons in a Lethwei fighter’s arsenal. This is the reason Lethwei is also known as The Art of 9 Limbs, and deemed one of the bloodiest martial art of the Indian cultural sphere

History of Lethwei

Records exists of Lethwei matches dating back to the Pyu Empire in Myanmar. Lethwei, along with Bando and its armed sibling Banshay were successfully used by ancient Myanmar armies in many wars against neighboring countries.

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, 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.

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