Practiced as far back as the Angkor
period.Depicted on the bas-reliefs of certain temples. Although
predominantly a male sport today, Khmer wrestling was once practiced by both
sexes as female wrestlers,ancient Angkor temples have murals depicting both
sexes fighting in this style.
Ritual dancing often precedes
a bout and dramatic music accompanies the fight.Traditionally, fights take
place during the New Year and other Cambodian national holidays. This
competitive sport is also a system of health promotion.
Victory is obtained by forcing the opponent on their back. The person who is
able to win two of the three rounds is the winner of the match. After each
round the loser is asked if he wishes to continue with the match. Wrestlers
participate in pre-match ritual dancing before the match. The match is
accompanied by the music of two drums (called skor ngey and chhmol which
means female drum and male drum).