Krabi Krabong

Krabi krabong (Thai: กระบี่กระบอง, ) is a weapon-based martial art from Thailand. It is closely related to other Southeast Asian fighting styles such as Indonesian-Malay silat, Burmese banshay and the armed Cambodian art bokator. The royal bodyguard corps of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) are said to be highly trained experts of krabi krabong.

The system's name refers to its main weapons, namely the curved sword (krabi) and staff (krabong). Typically, two swords are wielded as a pair. Unarmed krabi krabong makes use of kicks, pressure point strikes, joint locks, holds, and throws.

The weapons of krabi krabong include the following:

  • กระบี่ Krabi - sabre/single-edge sword
  • กระบอง Krabong - staff/pole
  • ดาบสองมือ Daab song mue - double swords, one in each hand
  • โล่ Lo - shield/buckler
  • พลอง Phlong - stick
  • ง้าว Ngao - bladed staff
  • ไม้ศอก Mai sok san - a pair of clubs worn on the forearms

Read more about Krabi Krabong:  Origins