The untold history of Krabi Krabong
After the execution of King Tak Sin in 1782 AD, the remaining free warriors (Pahuyuth) withdrew from the public eye and went underground for fear of persecution.
Western influences and the increasing number of European mercenaries with modern firearms in the country led many of the old teachers to believe that their knowledge would no longer be needed. Many of them took their secrets to their graves. Those who continued to teach did so secretly and far from the royal court.
Pahuyuth, the ancient martial art of the common people, gradually disappeared from the public eye and became a legend of the past. The existence of the old free warriors and their historical significance for the fate of the country was erased from the history books and was forgotten.
The origins of Krabi Krabong
Many years later – during the reign of King Rama II (1809-1826 A.D.) – members of the royal court developed a new stage fighting style. The name of this martial art is Krabi Krabong.
Krabi Krabong was originally invented to be an attractive, representative and safe sporting activity for noble people. Later it became a kind of stage fencing for plays and entertainment for foreign guests at the royal court. For more than a century, the Krabi Krabong was reserved exclusively for members of the royal court.
Distribution of the Krabi Krabong
It was not until 1920 AD that a man named Ajarn Nak Thaephatsadin Na Ayutthaya (with the benevolent support of King Rama VI) brought the Krabi Krabong to the public.
A few years later (around 1936) Krabi Krabong was included in the curriculum of Thai sports colleges. From here the Krabi Krabong became a popular sport in Thailand.
As a result, the Krabi Krabong has never been used in war. It has not been used in historical or modern battles, nor has it ever been designed for this purpose.
Business with foreigners
Recently, many people (especially non-Thai people) have been told that the Krabi Krabong was invented by the ancient warriors of Siam to fight on battlefields.
As a matter of fact, there is no logical or historical evidence to support this theory. Even recognized primary sources of Krabi Krabong tell an entirely different story …