Lethwei in Kayin State

Lethwei Kid’s Tournament near Taw Gyi Done Village

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This video shows the pre-fight preparation of one of the young kiddies from Cement Factory Gym Hpa An, the setting next to a small buddhist worship place in the midst of a rural agricultural area, and some of the first bouts of a Burmese Boxing youngster's tournament near Hpa An, Kayin State, Myanmar, which was held in celebration of a buddhist novice's inauguration ceremony.

As one can see, all the contenders of the tournament get paid small amounts of money during and after their bouts as an appreciation of their engagement and bravery. The duration of the bouts varies between only a few seconds and a few minutes, with no fixed breaks or rounds - instead, as soon as one of the opponents becomes visibly inferior to the other, the bout is stopped and ended by the referee. Also one can see some of the youngsters performing their traditional boxing dance ("Louvi Yi Pya") at the end of a bout with intent to show respect to the officials and to thank the music orchestra and the audience for their support.

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