Krabi Krabong is a weapons-based martial art originating in Thailand which can easily be applied to self-defense situations, using everyday objects as weapons
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About Krabi Krabong
Krabi Krabong is a weapons-based martial art originating in Thailand. It began with the Siamese military and was used by warriors on the battlefield, often alongside Muay Boran. Warriors fought for survival, thus combat techniques at the time were especially deadly, utilizing spears, swords, knives and arrows. The main weapons in Krabi Krabong are actually in the name – the curved sword (krabi), and the staff (krabong).
When unarmed, Krabi Krabong employs a variety of strikes, locks, holds, kicks and throws as well. If weapons broke for example, battle would resume using these deadly unarmed techniques. Krabi Krabong is therefore not merely some weapons exhibition, but rather a complete battlefield art teaching principles of deadly combat. It can further be applied to everyday self-defense, using everyday objects as weapons.
Other traditional weapons used in Krabi Krabong include the Daab (single-edge sword), Loh (shield), Plawng (long staff), Ngaaw (glaive), and Daaab Song Mue (two-handed swords). Effective technique in Krabi Krabong is a combination of both weapons use and striking. Weapons each have their own attacking styles, while complemented with kick-based striking for further attack and defense. Each weapon has its own dance, with 108 total dances in Krabi Krabong. The dance aspect teaches grace and elegance, with essential movements of combat.
In modern times, matches of Krabi Krabong take place in marked circles, beginning with a traditional musical-based Wai Khru ceremony similar to that found in Muay Thai. Thai boxing techniques and throws are employed, with winners being decided on the basis of technical skill.