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Krabi Krabong is a Thai weapon-based martial art closely related to Burmese Banshay and Malay Silat.
It was seen in the James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun” when an unconscious Bond is left at Hai Fat’s dojo. In the scene, 007 watches two fighters fight against each other using the styles, complete with the two swords. The weapons techniques include training in these weapons:
Aside from weapons, Krabi Krabong incorporates unarmed techniques as well. The empty-handed form is kick-based but also uses pressure points, locks, holds, and throws.
One school of Krabi Krabong today is the Buddhai Swan Sword Fighting Institute in Thailand, which was led by Ajarn Sumai until his death in 1998. Khru Ajarn Pramote Mesamana studied Krabi Krabong from the age of 6 from his father Semai Mesamana. This tradition of teaching father to son has a long history line of warriors going back to the time Ayutthaya. Today at 68 he runs the Buddhai Sawan Krabi Krabong in Lad Prao.
It has been said that the royal bodyguard corps of His Majesty King Rama IX of Thailand are all highly trained experts in krabi krabong.