The Body & Life in Nature
While there are some martial arts that utilize certain parts of the body to attack – from fists to kicks – Bokator is complete, meaning it makes use of the entire body. While the fighter may make use of all body parts to fight, for the most part, Bokator focuses primarily on the use of elbow, knee, and shin strikes when attacking an opponent. These body parts go through endless hours of ‘hardening training’ to serve as deadly weapons in a fight.
What this means is that many of the fighters use their elbows or fists to smash clay pots and/or coconuts repeatedly. This helps keep their limbs rock hard to destroy their opponent’s heads.
Like some other martial art styles out there from Asian, Bokator contains a diverse group of sets that one can practice. Centered around the study of life existing in nature, Bokator has ten styles based off animal names. For example, green krama forms in Bokator include the duck, crab, horse, bird, and dragon styles. The additional five white krama forms are monkey, elephant, lion, asparagus, and crocodile.