In this video you see the story of an underground Kickboxing Legend who is literally a real life movie character that is currently fighting in the Bare Knuckle Kickboxing circuit in Myanmar called Lethwei. It’s the most brutal sport known to man, it’s Kickboxing with no gloves, just hand wraps and low blows, head butts, soccer kicks, etc are allowed and that’s not the best part. If you get knocked out stiff, and I mean out cold, your corner is allowed 5 minutes to revive you and get you back in there and Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington is considered the #1 or #2 of all times by most.
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Lethwei (Burmese: လက်ဝှေ့; IPA: [lɛʔ.ʍḛ]) or Burmese bareknuckle 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 bareknuckle with only the use of tape and gauze on their hands. 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”.
It is similar to related styles in other parts of the Indian cultural sphere, namely Muay Thai from Thailand, Pradal Serey from Cambodia, Muay Lao from Laos, Tomoi from Malaysia and Musti-yuddha from India. Records exists of Lethwei matches dating back to the Pyu Empire in Myanmar. Lethwei, along with Bando and its armed sibling Ban shay 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 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. Traditional matches include Flagship Tournament, which are still fought throughout Myanmar, especially during holidays or celebration festivals like Thingy an.
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 many of the villagers were still actively practicing Lethwei. Kyar Ba Nyein brought them back to Mandalay and Yangon and, after training with them, encouraged them to compete in matches. The Myanmar government made some organizational changes to make Burmese boxing more marketable internationally.