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Krabi Krabong is a Thai combat style that dates back at least 400 years. Its earliest origins are unknown owing to the loss of written records in Thailand. However, it's clear that Thailand's royal bodyguards learned the art and that matches served as both spectator sport and training.

Krabi Krabong teaches the daab song meu (twin short swords), krabi (saber), mae sun-sawk (twin tonfa-like clubs), ngao (polearm), and plong (staff). It also includes unarmed strikes, grapples, and throws. Unarmed blows often parallel those of Muay Thai (pp. 185-186) but are frequently reinforced with weapons - e.g., elbow strikes while using the mae sun-sawk - and many fighters learn Muay Thai alongside Krabi Krabong.

Modern Krabi Krabong matches still involve real weapons. Competitors avoid hitting the opponent, however, and instead strike his weapons or halt just short of impact. Injuries do occur but an injured fighter can continue. The contenders' endurance and display of skill determines victory. Competitive fighters should learn Combat Sport and combat versions of the style's weapon skills - or only Combat Sport versions, if they're strictly athletes.

Skills: Judo; Karate; Polearm; Saber; Smallsword; Staff; Tonfa.

Techniques: Back Kick; Elbow Strike; Feint (Polearm, Saber, Smallsword, or Staff); Kicking; Knee Strike; Sweep (Staff); Uppercut.

Cinematic Skills: Power Blow.

Cinematic Techniques: Dual-Weapon Attack (Saber, Smallsword, or Tonfa).

Perks: Style Adaptation (Muay Thai); Unusual Training (Dual-Weapon Attack, Both attacks must target the same foe); Weapon Adaptation (Shortsword to Smallsword).

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