What is Krabi Krabong?

Krabi Krabong (sabre and staff) is a type of show fighting or combat sport that was invented during the reign of King Rama II (1809-1826 AD).

Background

Krabi Krabong was originally invented to be an attractive, representative and safe sporting activity for noble people. Later on, it became a kind of stage fencing for plays and for the entertainment of foreign guests at the royal court. For more than a century, Krabi Krabong was reserved exclusively for members of the royal family.

It was not until 1920 AD that a man by the name of 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 AD) Krabi Krabong was included in the curriculum of Thai sports universities. From here Krabi Krabong became a popular sport in Thailand. From here Krabi Krabong became a popular sport in Thailand.

Recently, many people (especially non-Thai people) have been told that Krabi Krabong was invented by the ancient warriors of Siam to fight on battlefields. Like Muay Boran, Krabi Krabong has never been used in a warlike conflict.

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