New Book! Krabi Krabong, The Thai Sword of Thailand

Krabi Krabong, The Tiger Sword of Thailand: The Science of Fighting with Eight Arms! Paperback – July 31, 2022

by Anthony B. James(Author): Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James

A labor of Love!

The traditional Martial Arts of Thailand are gaining popularity worldwide, especially Muay Thai- Thai Kick Boxing and Muay Boran Traditional Thai Combat Arts of Hand to Hand. Muay Thai is known as one of the most effective forms of empty-hand combat in the world. Those who have seen professional bouts of Thai Boxing have witnessed Karate, Kung Fu, and other Arts meet their brutal end at the flashing elbows and knees of the Thai fighters.

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As a result we have seen fighting systems and schools of hand to hand adopt the “Thai Style” and traditional systems of combat adopted and integrated widely. The most famous system of traditional Martial Arts in Thailand is that of the Buddhai Sawan Hall of Revivals National Culture Center and Thai Sword Fighting Institute. The traditional curriculum as defined and taught by the late Grand Master Phaa Kruu Samaii Mesamarn included Nine Weapon Systems, Hand to Hand/ Empty Hand (Muay Thai, Muay Boran, Muay Chaiya, Fan Dhaap), Thai Yoga (Reussi Dottan– Reishi Yoga), Meditation (Vipassana– Thai Insight Meditation) and Traditional Thai Medicine (Ryksaa Thang Nuat Phaen Boran Thai– Wat Po Traditional Medical School Association style)

Muay Boran is taught as integral to Krabi Krabong study and share a common origin story. The Buddhai Sawan Institute’s teaching of Thai culture and martial arts of Thailand is seen worldwide.

“Krabi Krabong, The Tiger Sword of Thailand”, is written and illustrated with many images and photo’s, by one of the very first “falang” Master teachers “Ajahn” of the original Buddhai Sawan lineage and tradition. From traditional fighting arts to meditation and healing, A Buddhai Sawan “Gold Sash” master teacher, “Kruu” since 1984, Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James presents the original and authentic Thai Krabi Krabong.

Over 280 illustrations, graphics and photographs bring the traditional Krabi Krabong systems to life. Sections included? Origins, History, Thai Martial Arts Philosophy, Ancient and rare images of early maps showing diverse cultural influences of Thailand and region, Ancient empire and conflicts that contributed to the development of Thai Martial traditions and their success on the battle fields, the Lineage and historical persons who are famous for their contributions to the present day, The basics of Krabi Krabong fighting methods and the actual training drills used to perfect them. Nine different weapons systems are covered including sections on Muay Thai- Boran- and Chaiya empty hand, foreign influences and depictions of the authentic weapons themselves. Also included are resources to find training and more information today for those brave souls who want to directly experience the Tiger Sword up close and personal!In the book are many rare and original photographs from the authors experience living and training with the Grand Masters in Thailand. This is an authentic, first person introduction to one of the greatest indigenous traditional martial science and arts of South East Asia and the world.

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See also… Buddhai Sawan Association of North America



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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Meta Journal Press (July 31, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1886338353
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1886338357
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.36 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches


Buddhai Sawan Association of North America Summit August 12, 2022 Jericho VT

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Buddhai Sawan North America on Instagram “Just about a month away join us online or in real life August 12-14! #bsanasummit2022 #krabikrabong #buddhaisawan #thaimartialarts…”

Buddhai Sawan Association of North America

(BSANA) Summit, 2022, Jericho VT

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Friday August 12th. to Sunday August 14th.

Buddhai Sawan Association of Krabi Krabong: All day! Both Live and Live Stream.

Everyone is invited to attend our 4th annual summit. This year we are back to in-person training! We also will be live streaming the event via Zoom.

* Ajahn Jason Webster
* Ajahn Steve Wilson
* Ajahn Arlan Sanford
* Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James

* Kruu Jira Mesamarn (Thailand)

* Kruu Pedro Solana  (Thailand)

and more…

Khruu’s and teachers from Canada and US sharing the Traditional Thai Martial and Fighting Arts.


All Access pass includes BSANA membership for 2023.


Community Center of Jericho

329 Browns Trace Rd, Jericho, VT 05465

For registration information and tentative agenda… CLICK HERE!

Ajahn Anthony B. James Martial Arts Bio

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Ajahn, Anthony B. James Martial Arts Bio

(Ajahn, Khruu, Guro, Sensei, Sifu…)

Dr. Anthony B. James with JKD, Kali Program

Founder and Chief Instructor: Buddhai Sawan Sangha (BSKK Brooksville) • Buddhai Sawan Kabri Kabrong, Kali-Arnis-Escrima-Pekiti Tersia Kali USA • 1981 to Present… The photo above was taken at my school in Charlottesville, VA in 1982… Notice in front row: Guro Danny Inosanto, Sifu Francis Fong (Francis Fong Wing Chun Gung Fu), Khruu Alfonso Tamez, Sifu Larry Hartsell and second row behind Khruu Alfonso Tamez is Guro Lastra Mahlika Jeorge Lastra, Sifu Lun Sin among others beside myself!

Dr. Anthony B. James, Khruu Buddhai Sawan Institute 1984Buddhai Sawan, Phaa Khruu Samaii giving Khruu/ Teacher Recognition

Instructor/ Teacher/ Gold Sash • Buddhai Swan Institute, Thailand • Traditional Krabi Krabong– Muay Boran (Also spelled Kabri Kabrong/ Thai Sword Fencing and Traditional Thai Boxing) • Grand Master Phaa Khruu Samaii Mesamarn • Nongkam, Thailand • 1983 • Certified Buddhai Sawan in 1986. Current Member: Ajahn- Gold Sash: Buddhai Sawan USA( BSANA). Author best selling book “Krabi Krabong, The Tiger Sword of Thailand” available on and Amazon.





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Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James Buddhai Sawan Khruu 1986























Anthony B. James with Shidioshi GM Steven Hayes and Bud Maelstrom
Anthony B. James with Shidioshi GM Steven Hayes and Bud Maelstrom








Honorary Black Belt • Burmese Bando • Delivered at the 1986 Bando Nationals, Port of Prussia, PA • Grand Master U Myung Gyi, Master’s Erol Younger, Joe Manley and Lloyd Davis • 1986

Guro/Instructor • Pekiti Tersia/ SinaTirsiaWali Kali, Mas Guru Greg Alland System, New York- Atlanta Georgia 1982- 1984

Guro/Instructor ” Rank of Guro Unang Tagpagturo” • Arnis de Mano • Guro Jorge Lastra, Lastra Brotherhood of Arnis Style • Virginia Beach, VA/ Visyan, Philippines • 1982

Danny Inosanto "Love is the highest"Guro/Instructor • Kali / Arnis de Mano • Maphilindo/ Maphilindo Silat • Dan Inosanto, Kali Academy/ Inosanto Academy, Big Springs, Texas and Culver City-Los Angeles California • 1981 • SiJo Bruce Lee tradition.

Pekiti Tersia, Big Springs Texas, 1981

leo Gaje Courtesy Tom BisioInstructor • Pekiti Tersia Arnis de Mano • Maphilindo/ Maphilindo Silat  • Guro Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. • Big Springs, Texas 1981

Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr., Pendakar Suyadi "Eddie" Jaffri, Guro Danny Inosanto

Instructor • Pangian Lanka Empat Silat- Penjak Silat • Maphilindo/ Maphilindo Silat  • Pendakar Suyadi “Eddie Jaffri” Jaffri • Big Springs, Texas 1981- 1982

DrJ Jiu Jitsu Union 76 sm1st Degree Black Belt • Go Budo Jiu-Jitsu, Sei Shin Kai/ American Karate & Jiu Jitsu Union • Atlanta, GA , Sensei Soke Richard P. Baillargeon, Sensei Jim Wallace, Master Daeshik Kim Style (Korean)

Anthony B. James Joe Corley, American Karate Black BeltAnthony B. James, American Karate, Joe Corley, Lloyd Garrard Black Belt, Atlanta Georgia

1st Degree Black Belt • American Karate • Sensei’s: Lloyd Garrard, Joe Corley, Sam Chapman, Bill Wallace, Larry Hartsell • Atlanta, GA • 1975. I personally supervised and built/ set up the Pro-boxing ring used by my Teachers Joe Corley and Bill Wallace in which the very first professional full contact Kickboxing Fight “The Battle of Atlanta!”  and championship was held at the Georgia Tech Coliseum.Bill Wallace won and became the first PKA World Middle Weight Champion. I was working nights as an American Karate Instructor at the Buckhead Joe Corley American Karate school at that time.

Battle of Atlanta 1975,









2nd. Degree Black Belt • Tang Soo Do Mu Duk Kwan, Sensei Lloyd Garrard, Sensei Chuck Norris (Korean) 1976

Dr. Anthony B. James Tang Soo Do Mu Duk Kwan Black Belt

2nd Degree Black Belt • American Karate, Lloyd Garrard, Joe Corely, Bill Wallace 1976

2nd Degree Black Belt • American Karate, Joe Lewis Style, AIKIA , WKA Certified Instructor

Instructor • Tai Chi Chuan • Chang Man Ching Style, Sifu Refugio ( Fugi) Escobedo • Atlanta, GA 1987

Wing Chun Sifu Francis Fong with Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James

Wing Chun Kung Fu • Atlanta • 1975 to 1988 • Sifu Francis Fong








I will attempt to add and to update more about other amazing teachers and programs I have been privileged to work with over the past 54 years!

Until then all respect to all my teachers whether listed here or not.

May 1986: Soldier of Fortune Magazine: Fight Back Special Edition: Two articles… 1: How To Take A Punch (P.36-38) and 2: Environmental Weapons (P. 26-29)…(Click Here for SOF PDF)SOF Fight Back Magazine May 1986

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