Fate or Fated?

 Grand Master Ajarn AreeSometimes in life we have a choice and sometimes the choice is made for us regarding circumstance and opportunity. Last week saw us lose a teacher and brother from within our Krabi Krabong brotherhood, but it has also thrown open an opportunity for me to realise a dream and an ambition! Something I thought had passed me by.

I have lots of experience and I suppose many styles I have studied to a very high level, but this is where I belong I realise that. It is where I am meant to be and so I will try and embrace this opportunity 100% and help show the world the culture and beauty of this martial Art.

Anyone interested in practising authentic and practical krabi Krabong please get in touch you can visit us here or we are available to come to you.

Chu Gar Dao

Normally thought of as a hacking type of weapon lacking the subtlety of the straight sword or the beauty of the double broadsword.
In Chu Gar Kuen the broadsword is used at close range, it is supported by the free hand and is mainly used to slash and stab whilst simultaneously blocking and flowing into a deflection or strike, this is quite different from the usual way a Chinese broadsword is used, In Chu Gar Kuen there are no fancy or flowery techniques everything is functional, whats more important these techniques can then be translated into the empty hands and used alongside the other fists.

Master Swordmaker

Ajarn Kor Neeow and Kru K

I first heard about this man in 2009 but did not get the opportunity to visit him untill 2010, as he took some tracking down. His name is Kor Neeow and he is reputably the best sword smith in Thailand. He lives just outside Lamphang in the North of Thailand and he has a large workshop where swords and knives are all forged and finished by hand. I always enjoy visiting him regardless of whether I am buying blades or not because it is such a great experience watching him and his guys making the swords and knives. I am very lucky in that he has said I can go and learn from him when I have time. He also produces high quality Katana, Wakasashi and Tanto swords as he gets all his steel fromĀ JapanĀ and forges in the traditional way. His work is always in high demand and he has made swords for the King of Thailand.It is a real honour to consider this man my teacher and I hope one day soon to learn more from him. Anybody reading this who is interested in purchasing a sword or knife please contact me and I will arrange.