Ling Lom

Ling Lom, also known as Air Monkey or Dancing Monkey, is a style of martial arts practiced in Thailand and Laos. Ling lom includes both striking and ground-fighting. Ground fighting techniques traditionally taught in Muay Thai, but rarely used in modern sport bouts, are sometimes referred to in Thailand as Ling Lom, though this is not technically correct.

As with the other animal styles of Southeast Asia, Ling Lom is Hindu in origin. The movements and name of the style stem from the fighting techniques of the divine monkey Hanuman described in the Ramayana (Thai: Ramakien, Lao: Pra Lak Pra Lam). It might have been influenced by Chinese martial arts perhaps along China’s borders with Myanmar and Laos.

Ling lom is an indigenous martial art that is practiced in Thailand and Laos. It includes traditional Muay Thai techniques and some ground-fighting methods. Many of Tony Jaa’s techniques in Ong Bak, the Thai movie about a Muay Thai warrior, come from ling lom.

Of Hindu origin, the movements of ling lom are believed to be based on Hanuman, the divine monkey in the Indian epic Ramayana. The art is also known as “air monkey” or “dancing monkey.” Hanuman is considered to be a reincarnation of Shiva, one of the principal Hindu deities. He is also the epitome of wisdom, devotion, faith, valor, strength, and righteousness.

Early Chinese martial arts may have had an influence on ling lom practitioners, particularly along China’s borders with Laos and Myanmar, where systems particularly hand strikes resemble early forms of chuan fa, which is a Chinese fist method from the Shaolin tradition.

Though refuted by some practitioners, many believe that muay boran and ling lom were originally taught together until around the 1700s, when they started to be taught as separate arts. However, ling lom became more obscure and less practiced than muay boran, which rose to huge popularity after it was transformed into muay Thai boxing.

Ling Lom is said to have been practiced alongside Muay Boran until the 1700s when they split into two separate styles.

Some of the techniques displayed by Tony Jaa in the popular Thai martial arts film Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior are taken from Ling Lom.

Pro & Con: Against There ‘s no direct evidence for such claims. Both Muay Thai (sport) and Muay Boran (traditional style) have no connection with Ling Lom. There ‘s no any school teaching Ling Lom fighting style. The claims just based on a story wrote by a Muay Thai trainer in Germany.