LING LOM (monkey-air or air-monkey) is unarmed Pahuyuth using all bodily capabilities and it represents the origin of all Thai fighting styles.
The origins of this unique fighting method reach back to the time of the Glie Gauw Pienohng (around 2500 B.C.). First described by the Chinese as a “ghost” or “wraith fight” it was later named “Ling Lom” (monkey-air or air-monkey), due to its elusive character and unusual movements.
The name stuck and lead to the common misconception, that LING LOM was derived from the imitation of animals or is somehow related to Chinese martial arts. As a matter of fact it solely utilizes the conditions and abilities of the human body.
LING LOM was used in Southeast Asian warfare throughout the ages. Some legends tell about warriors, who moved over the battlefield ‘like the wind’ and even fought between elephants legs.
Later (around 1000 A.D.) LING LOM became the origin of all Thai stand-up fighting methods. Traces of this martial art can also be found in other Southeast Asian fighting styles.
LING LOM is one of the hardest and most rewarding Pahuyuth disciplines a student can choose. Beginners start with rigorous workout program and acquire step by step the traditional principles and concepts of this system.
The result is a highly efficient, adaptive fighting style, that enables its user to fight against other martial arts without learning them first.
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