Typology of SABAI
SABAI is primarily a martial art by women for women. It is soft, supple and extremely deadly. The SABAI compensates for differences in physical strength and is therefore an excellent choice for defense against stronger opponents. Clothing, textiles and other soft objects are almost always available in everyday life. A scarf, a handbag loop, a jacket or a belt is rarely identified as a weapon by most people. Ignorant attackers therefore usually realize too late that they are dealing with an armed and capable person.
The eponymous SABAI is a shoulder scarf, which is a traditional costume worn by women in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and in the coastal region of Sumatra. It descends from the Indian Sari. However, this does not imply any relation to Indian martial arts, because the concept of using flexible weapons was already known among the Gleeh-Warrioresses.
The term “Sbai” again comes from the Khmer and describes any kind of thin, soft textile. In the context of the Pahuyuth discipline of the same name, SABAI does not only mean shawls, but all kinds of flexible weapons. Traditionally, this also includes ropes, ropes, whips and fishing nets.
The fighting style of the SABAI is primarily focused on defense. Above all, evasion or diversion techniques are used. Only rarely do SABAI-Warriors seek a direct confrontation. The goal of this defensive fighting method is the covert manipulation with the scarf, which often reveals its purpose only in the second or third movement. Aggressive attackers are lured into the trap and get caught in the scarf the more they resist.
It is said: A SABAI-Warrioress is a victim who ambuscades her attacker.
The offensive fighting power of the SABAI results from whip-like blows and the active use of pulley effects. Enemy body parts and weapons can be accelerated in any direction. In addition, there are knotting techniques that can restrict the attacker’s ability to move or even bring him to a standstill. Knowledge of human anatomy and its limits makes it possible to fix limbs or damage joints with a short jerk. Scarf attacks, that are directed against the neck-vertebrae or respiratory organs, usually end deadly.
An experienced SABAI-Warrior is never unarmed or defenseless. She knows how to defend herself with her own and improvised weapons against a single aggressor as well as against a group of armed and unarmed opponents. She masters fighting with flexible weapons standing and on the ground and can also use fist, foot, elbow and knee techniques. SABAI-Warriors are often also trained in LING LOM, which increases the dangerousness of their fighting style many times over.