Ancient Warrior Arts
This blog piece is gonna be about three ancient styles of martial arts, but before I get to that, there’s something I want to say. First of all, hi, if you’ve never heard about Zen-Dragon before, it’s a project I’ve launched to use my passion for martial arts to make an impact on others. Sometimes the objective is to inspire, educate, motivate or sometimes simply to entertain.
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Having said that….
I’m very glad you’re here, sorry about the digression, let’s get back on track. I recently put out a video on Youtube on three ancient styles of martial arts. You may have seen it, if not, don’t worry I’ll put it down below (if you want to follow Zen-Dragon more closely on Youtube, use this link to subscribe).
Here’s the video and below that you can read up on the three ancient styles covered in it.
Kalari: This ancient martial art originates back to 1362 AD in India. This is the martial art which later evolved into kung-fu, when Bodhi Dharma brought it to the Shaolin temple in China. It is both a way to cultivate the mind, spirit and body. It is however deeply rooted in battle, which is why it consists of training not only in unarmed combat but in weaponry as well. Like all forms of martial arts it is potentially dangerous and a peaceful mind is required to bring balance to the art.
Bokator: This ancient martial art of Cambodia originated in Ankor. A somewhat similar style, Muay Boran from Thailand became the basis of Muay Thai, which is an adaptation for the ring rather than the battlefield, where both bokator and muay boran have their roots. The people of cambodia are warm and friendly, but do not be fooled, the attacks of this style are brutal and highly efficient.
Krabi-Krabong: The name Krabi-Krabong refers to the sword (“Krabi”) and the staff (“Krabong”). This is a style focused on armed combat but the ancient warriors of Siam would supplement their Krabi-Krabong training with Muay Boran. With Laos, Burma and Cambodia bordering the kingdom, Krabi-Krabong played a crucial role in keeping it protected.