The South East Asian Games is kind of like the Olympics for that part of the world. The announcement has been made that Tarung Derajat a martial art of Indonesian origin will be an exhibition event in this year’s games in the hopes of being included as an official even in 2013. A space opened because Cricket (that English weird game) was scrapped due to lack of funds. This of course begs the question of what is Tarung Derajat. Watch the video below.
Apparently its like a full contact Tae Kwon Do match. Wikipedia says it includes grappling, but apparently not in competition. I guess the same way that Judo claims to have striking techniques. Honestly I am kind of pumped about it. Their style of fighting is what I always wanted Karate to look like. Good hard contact, but still using cool kicks. As I was going over the videos I did notice that no one ever seems to throw a straight punch, but hey, a boxer I am not, so I have no room to criticize. So lets all hope that they get into the the SEA Games, if they do, we might see some Tarung Derajat opening up over here.