Krabi-Krabong is a martial art using traditional weapons from Thailand.
Krabi-Krabong is a traditional Thai martial art still practiced in Thailand.
This tradition focuses on hand-held weapons as well as empty hand techniques.
· "Krabi" (sword)
· "Plong" (quarterstaff)
· "Ngao" (staff with blade in the end)
· "Daab Song Meu" (a pair of swords held in each hand)
· "Mae Sun-Sawk" (a pair of clubs)
Although for most Thais Krabi-Krabong is a ritual to be display
during festivals or at tourist venues, the art is still solemnly
taught according to a 400-years-old tradition handed down
from Ayutthaya's Wat PutthaiSwan.
The King's elite bodyguards are trained in Krabi-Krabong;
many Thai cultural observers perceive it as a "purer" tradition.
Like Muay Thai of 70 years ago, modern Krabi-Krabong
matches are held within a marked circle, beginning
with a "Wai Kruu" ceremony and accompanied
throughout by a musical ensemble. Thai boxing techniques
and judo-like throws are employed in conjunction with
weapons techniques. Although sharpened weapons are used,
the contestants refrain from striking their opponents – the
winner is decided on the basis of stamina and the technical
skill displayed. Although an injured fighter may surrender,
injuries do not automatically stop a match.