Yutkromkhorm: The Traditional Khmer Fighting Style

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Students are energetically training in Yutkromkhorm at the ITC Campus. Saay Lalis

Though Yutkromkhorm is not widely known among Cambodians, many young people are now striving to preserve this ancient Khmer martial art under training from the Yutkromkhorm Federation.  
 
The Yutkromkhorm Federation was officially established in 2012 and it has expanded its training class to more than 10 universities in Phnom Penh, namely RUPP, PUC, ITC, and RULE. 
 
It offers special training classes for Cambodian youth to learn about Yutkromkhorm from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm every Monday through Friday. Students can enroll themselves in their nearest university campus for $10 per month. 
 
For those who are busy during the weekday, they still can learn Yutkromkhorm in the weekend classes running from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday. 
 
Students above the age of five are welcome to the campus and they will be put into different levels according to their ages or how much experience they have. In particular, they are required to take exams every three months to test their ability.
 
Chan Sovanrattanak, a Yutkromkhorm coach, told Khmer Times, “Yutkromkhorm has its origin since the reign of King Jayavarman VII; therefore, learning Yutkromkhorm is a part of preserving our Khmer martial art. We do not want to lose our Khmer heritage.” 
 
“Students will benefit from strengthening both their physical and mental well-being. It keeps them in good health condition. Moreover, it is very useful for self-defense or helping other weak people around them,” he added. 
 
There are approximately 40 students learning Yutkromkhorm at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia campus, ranging from children to adults. Surprisingly, there are also five girls energetically training as well.  
 
Seth Piseththiya, a 28-year-old student, said, “I have been learning Yutkromkhorm for over a year. As a girl, it was really difficult at the beginning; however, I still managed to fight through the hardship with my commitment and passion.”  
 
“I want to show that girls also can do the same as boys can. Likewise, as I see Phnom Penh is not a really safe place, a girl like me should know how to protect herself from being harmed. Importantly, I do not want Yutkromkhorm to be lost, so I want to be a part of preserving our Khmer heritage,” she added. 
 
You can call  012959909 for more information on Yutkromkhorm classes.

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