Myanmar Lethwei, 緬甸拳, Tway McShawn vs Crazy Hill(Japan日本)

Myanmar/Japan friendship fight. Myanmar Lethwei.Myanmar Traditional Boxing is a form of kickboxing which originated in Myanmar. Lethwei is in many ways similar to its siblings from neighboring South-East Asian countries such as Tomoi from Malaysia, Pradal Serey from Cambodia and Muay Thai from Thailand. If Thai Boxing is the science of 8 limbs, then Lethwei can be called the science of 9 limbs, due to the allowance of head butts. In comparison, Lethwei can be interpreted as being bolder and more extreme. Myanmar boxers are said to be slightly bigger and taller than their Thai counterparts. The techniques are a bit slower and stronger than in the other Southeast Asian kickboxing forms. There are records recording Lethwei style matches dating back to the Pyu Empire in Myanmar. Ancient Myanmar armies successfully used Lethwei, Bando and its armed sibling Banshay in winning many wars against neighboring countries. Participants fight without gloves or protection, wrapping only their hands in hemp or gauze cloth. Fights are traditionally held outdoors in sandpits instead of rings, but in modern times they are now held in rings. Popular techniques in Lethwei include leg kicks, knees, elbows, head butts, raking knuckle strikes, and take downs. Matches traditionally and ultimately would go until a fighter could no longer continue. In earlier times, there no draws, only a win or loss by knockout. No point system existed. Extreme bloodshed was very common and death in the ring was

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13 Responses to “Myanmar Lethwei, 緬甸拳, Tway McShawn vs Crazy Hill(Japan日本)”

  1. 54living says:

    There’re many jabs. 1)fake jab to measure distance & movement, follow by power right cross. (a bit danger due to the counter part will exchange power punch to fake jab), 2) Wait for counter part’s force flow & encounter with jab (use other’s power), 3)Step jab (more powerful than other jabs, Lone Chaw usually uses that), all the jabs should follow by right cross, left hook, right upper up etc. there’re many combination. Nice to chat with you.

  2. BF1 says:

    Actually lethwei should never be beaten by boxer. Boxing is easily defeaetd by bull guard, high and low round house and easiest to beat with one hand extension stance like with lone chaw vs nick fiodo. Thirdly lethwei has 4 different uppercuts. You should read Chris’s books and watch his videos. Tway used 10 upper cuts to finish of Ni Ni.

  3. BF1 says:

    Chris and I analyized Lone Chaw’s boxing. It is the worst display of Lethwei. Have you noticed he rarely finishes his opponents while Tway does. I would not cite Lone Chaw as an example of doing good lethwei. We comfirmed Lone Chaw only uses 10% lethwei. He has no bull guard, elephant step and his lethwei boxing is really bad, his foot work is not good which is why he falls lot. Watch Win Tun vs Lone Chaw. Win Tun beat him in the boxing game.

  4. BF1 says:

    Yes that is correct. It is a lethwei technique. The on hand extension is designed to stop a big puncher too.

  5. 54living says:

    I didn’t mean lethwei was beaten by boxer. In 1980s, ThaManKyar (lethwei) vs. SawRuby (boxing) 15 rounds fight, lethwei won boxer at 6th round.There were many fights lethwei vs. karate, judo (sadly judo guy died after 2 days later due to the wounded). Lethwei combiine with boxing technique is better. Lethwei combine with judo,jujitsu,wrestling will make perfect.

  6. 54living says:

    My dad used lethwei hands to fight with boxer according to boxing rules & lost. I knew that Lone Chaw isn’t a good lethwei guy. He seems to be afraid to get hurt to his face.He just slim & tall that get advantage to lethwei & muaythai.He didn’t block lower kicks too much.That’s danger.Tway is another story.He always exchanges with what he wants.His punches & kicks aren’t powerful enough but he targeted where he wants and goes for it with exchange. He can take others’ punches & kicks.

  7. belconnen says:

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  8. lpbmartialarts says:

    @54living good point, with boxing lethwei fighters will have lighter foot work, instead of being flat foot most of the time. And the punching techniques more power and accuracy! Why do you think Thai boxers adapted boxing (some have) and do well. good example is samart payakaroon.

  9. 54living says:

    @lpbmartialarts I met Samart in 1990s. He came to MT competition with his wife. He retired & was trying to enter show bizz. He was 2nd man & we chatted for a while in the dressing room of competitors. He is a really smart fighter. I knew he fought with Don Wilson who is taller & heavier than him. I saw another legend “Fanta”. He lost KO to one EU figheter.

  10. lpbmartialarts says:

    @54living cool, that must have been quite the experience. I am a student of saekson janjira, and though I’ve never had the opportunity to meet Samart, he has come to the gym in the past to give seminars. As far as Muay Thai or Lethwei goes, it all depends on the fighter, because as you said Samart is a really intelligent fighter, he also won a title in boxing too.

  11. richiesaw says:

    Please be advised that Myanmar, Japan and Thai three country friendly fights will be good match n withdraw international attention, for example Thai boxer Pawi vs Jap Boxer Sugar Hill etc…

  12. myo007 says:

    3 down in same round will lose any player no matter already ready before count to ten, Myanmar or china matches are play with respect each other too, if one down another won’t continue fight or won’t dirty or won’t cruel. it’s different with MMA wont fight when someone on the ground.

  13. richiesaw says:

    I think Burmese Boxing Community should introduce new young fighter for international match such as Soe Lin OO, Saw William, Padamyar Ngt Maunt (Ruby) n Shwe Min Yarza, because these young fighters are well train n fight so heard. We should create pocket money or extra income for their future. No Pain No Gain right? They may gain much more courage, faith, enthusiasm n also to become more professional traditional boxer. 10Q 4ur a10tion.