Introduction To The Art Of Krabi-Krabong
By my teacher Grand Master Samai Mesaman.
The sword was the principle weapon during the turbulent history of Siam(the
ancient name of Thailand), but the art of fencing was takena step furher in
skill by warriors who fought with blades in both hands.
This style of fencing dates back 2,000 years according to experts, and began
when men of the Mon race from the North took refuge in Siam and
were organised into fighting units called Krom Darb-Song-Mu. or "Sword in both
hands". These fierce warriors maintained their skills with constant
training, following 10 basic positions which included standing on guard
"dancing","checking","swaggering", and the actual clash of cold steel.
The coup de grace or final blow usually led to the decapitation of the
foe, as opposed to the body thrust or slash of Western fencing.
Besides it's deadliness in hand-to-hand combat, the art of fencing with two
swords was regarded as a public display of skills and courage during feasts
and festivals. These displays were held with the same ritual as modern Thai
Boxing. The combatants wore costumes with talismanic figures on them and
amulets around their heads. Pipes and drums were used to mark time during
contest and whip the spectators into the same heady enthusiasm that you
would see nowadays at Rajadamnern or Lumpini stadiums.
This same rthythm is captured in the Siamese tune "Muan Ram Dap" which was
composed in honour of the Mon fighting tradition.
In more comtemporary times, the famous royal heroes King Naresuan the Great
and King Ekatathosarot were highly skilled in fighting with two swords and
their art took a big toll of the Burmese invaders, who laid seige to the old
Siamese capital, Ayutthaya, in 1586.
Thai sword-fighting held on as a national art and as a means of self-defense
until about 200 years ago ,during the reign of King Rama II, when the army was
reorganised and equipped with modern musketry and cannon developed in the
Fencing shools now fence the Mon way, one of the most famous of which is the Sritrairat
Camp located on the outskirts of Dhonburi, and the more famous fencing school
is the Buddhai Swan in Ayutthaya.
King Naresuan Part 1
King Naresuan Part 2
King Naresuan Part 3
Schools Of Krabi Krabbong in Thailand
Ajarn Samai Mesamarn
Sash Rankings And Instructors in Krabi Krabbong
How to train in Krabi Krabbong
The Weapons Of Krabbi Krabong
How to make a Krabbi Krabong sword