The traditional Martial Arts of Thailand are gaining popularity worldwide, especially Muay Thai- Thai Kick Boxing and Muay Boran, the Traditional Thai Combat Arts of Hand to Hand. 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. Muay Thai is one of the most effective forms of empty-hand combat worldwide.
As a result, we have seen fighting systems and schools of hand-to-hand adopt the “Thai Style” and traditional methods of combat adopted and integrated widely. The most famous form of traditional Martial Arts in Thailand is that of the Buddhai Sawan Hall of Revivals National Culture Center and Thai Sword Fighting Institute. The formal 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 the Krabi Krabong study and shares a familiar 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 photos 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.
This is an authentic, first-person introduction to one of South East Asia’s most significant indigenous traditional martial science and arts. 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 battlefields, 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 weapons systems are covered, including sections on Muay Thai- Boran- and Chaiya empty hand, foreign influences, and depictions of authentic weapons. Also included are resources for training and more information today for those brave souls who want to experience the Tiger Sword up close and personal! The book contains many rare and original photographs from the author’s experience living and training with the Grand Masters in Thailand.
March 2022 Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner Certification Retreat 164hr.
SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified Practitioner Certification and Retreat: CTP1 (164 hour Retreat intensive). This 13 day, (January 7th. – 19th. 2022), (Thirteen day: 129hrs. in class residential, 35 hours on-line) program, will cover all four levels of the Basic Professional Thai Yoga Certificate Program plus fifteen additional breakout and/or supplemental courses. The CTP1 course is an intensive training based on Traditional Thai Massage, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, Indigenous, Traditional, Natural and Native American Medicine. (Advanced students: ALC, AHC, AYT, TCP continue in class through Saturday, January 22nd.)
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1) March 2022: SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Cert. ProgramPhoto Gallery
Yoga Teacher already? Bring a comprehensive Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy practice to your school or program in only 13 days (Theory: SomaVeda® Level Four pre-requisite is distance learning/ Home Study Course)! This amazing Ayurveda, Yoga and Yoga Therapy retreat at the beautiful 5 acre Native American Indigenous Church Sanctuary offers a healing atmosphere unique to central Florida. Learn, Restore and Grow!
Unique to our program!
1) Daily Reishi Yoga also known as “Reusi Dot Ton”. Bring a new and exciting Yoga practice to your home life and Shala/ Studio!
2) A Legal Basis To Practice! We offer the ONLY Ayurveda & Thai Yoga Therapy program in the US which, under the NAIC Umbrella, is legal to practice in ALL 50 states and over 100 countries outside the US including US Territories and Puerto Rico! Additionally, we are also the ONLY Thai Yoga Professional certification to offer practitioners a Legal Guidelines and Business Marketing course as part of every training!
3) Clinical Approach! Our program emphasizes Medical, Clinical approaches to integrating Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy and Native American Medicine as functional medicine strategies for treating disease and health conditions effectively. All programs Medically supervised and designed by Physicians for clinical applications. In the US, we are the original “Clinical Thai” training and certification. We teach serious therapeutic protocols for serious illnesses including traditional therapeutic protocols for pre and co-morbidities!
We offer lessons and instruction in several Martial Arts: Thai Buddhai Sawan Krabi-Krabong (Buddhai Sawan USA), Muay Boran, Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). Flilipino Kali (Inosanto Method), Pekiti Tersia (Gaje Style), Indinesian Penjak Silat (Jaffre style) and Progressive American Karate- Jiu Jitsu (Garrard, Corley, Wallace and Smith PKA Style). Curriculum varies to suit individuals in class. No experience necessary. Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James is authorized and qualified to teach these MA. See Martial Arts Bio1 & Bio12…
By the end of this Thai Yoga certification class you are empowered to begin practicing, open a private or group practice and or integrate into an existing Complimentary and or Integrative Medicine practice or healing center. We give you both Marketing, Business Development and Legal support! No other similar program in our industry can make this offer!
Massage Therapist? Bring the exciting therapies of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy to your practice. Save your Hands! Our unique “Hands Free! Thai Yoga” variations have not only enlivened careers but have saved many Massage Therapist from debilitating occupational disabilities such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! NCBTMB and FSMTB CE hrs. Approved. Learn how to double your existing practice and income!
Allied or Medical Health Practitioner: Doctor, Nurse, Chiropractor, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist? Looking to expand your practice offering with CAM procedures and practices proven effective? It is well known that Indigenous Traditional Medical Systems are the basis of CAM procedures. Learn from the source!
The 164 hr. CTP1 (129hrs. in-class/ 35hrs. Distance learning) qualifies as the pre-requisite course requirement for all SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine Degrees. The SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certificate course additional qualifies graduates for all Intermediate, Advanced and Teacher Certification programs in SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy .
Grand Master Phaa Khruu Samaii Mesamarn, Buddhai Sawan Kabri Kabrong Sword Fighting Institute and Dr. Anthony B. James
Wai Khruu and Respect to our Grandmaster of Buddhai Sawan Tradition
History of Buddhai Sawan Tradition in America
In 1986 Dr. Anthony B. James received the prestigious “Ajahn Khruu” Award, Blessing, and Certification from the Grand Master of the Buddhai Sawan Sword Fighting Institute of Kabri Kabrong. Thai Traditional “Krabi Kabrong” , Nongkam, Thailand. Kabri-Kabrong is the Traditional Martial Arts system of Thailand and one of the great martial arts traditions of the world.
In addition to the Buddhai Sawan Kabri Kabrong Sword Fighting and Muay Boran systems (Fan Dap & Lerd Rit), Grand Master Phaa Khruu Samaii introduced Dr. James to the spiritual, meditative (Vipassana) and Traditional Thai Ayurveda and Nuad Phaen Boran Thai adjunct to the Buddhai Sawan fighting tradition.
December 7, 1957, GM Phaa Kru Samaii Mesamarn was awarded the official flag of the Phutthaisawan Cultural Center and Krabi Krabong School.From His Majesty King Rama 9 to organize a fencing show at Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium in collaboration with the Sri Trirat Sword School and Ban Chang Lo Sword School. (Photo courtesy of Jira Mesamarn: Buddhai Sawan Thailand)
Phaa Khruu Samaii introduced Dr. James to Phaa Khruu Uppakort of Ayurved Vidyalai and Aacharn Moh Boonsorn Kitnyam of the Traditional College of Medicine. Buddhai Sawan Teachers, Masters, and Grandmasters have always practiced traditional medicine to address the many injuries that typically occur during intensive training. The conventional medicine practices of the Buddhai Sawan tradition are based on the Ayurveda of Thailand (See History of Ayurveda of Thailand) (Thai Traditional Medicine and Thai Traditional Physical Therapy).
Dr. James lived at the school and trained as a traditional Apprentice at Buddhai Sawan under 36th-generation Grand Master Phaa Khru Samaii Mesamarn.
Click here for more history, philosophy, and the Thai Martial Arts Techniques of Krabi Krabong, Muay Boran, and Muay Chiaya of the Buddhai Sawan Cultural and Sword Fighting Institute. “Krabi Krabong, The Tiger Sword of Thailand“
The Amazing and beneficial traditional Thai massage (Thai Yoga Therapy- Thai Traditional Medicine Ayurveda) has been added to a prestigious UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE list.
After bringing the Traditional Thai Healing Arts to the US in 1984 and then writing and publishing the first textbook in English on Nuad Thai, Traditional Thai Medicine Massage also in 1984, I feel this is one more vindication of just how important and significant Thai Traditional Healing arts are for the modern world.
NUAD THAI: The Thai Yoga Center’s SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certification program is the oldest continuous Traditional Thai Massage program in the US!
Items are added every year, with this year’s committee meeting in Bogota, Colombia.
Unlike conventional massages, Thai Traditional massage is actually a spiritually based science of traditional medicine based on classical Buddhist Ayurveda. It focuses on the practical expression of loving kindness as the root of healing all diseases. As a form of traditional Yoga Therapy is incorporates sequences of You Asana or therapeutic postures to bring energy, attention, consciousness, breath and pressure to the client. Adjunct practices incorporate Diet, Vedic Nutrition, Lifestyle and teachings for emotional and mental health.
Description according to UNESCO:
“Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massage is regarded as part of the art, science and culture of traditional Thai healthcare. As a non-medicinal remedy and manual therapy, it involves bodily manipulation in which the practitioner helps rebalance the patient’s body, energy and structure to treat illnesses believed to be caused by the obstruction of energy flow along ‘sen’, lines understood to crisscross the human body. This manipulation is intended to normalize the four body elements: earth, water, wind and fire. To open up blocked routes, Nuad Thai therapists perform a combination of manipulations using their hands, elbows, knees and feet, together with herbal hot compresses to reduce inflammation. Presently, Nuad Thai is classified into two main types: Nuad Thai therapy and Nuad Thai for health promotion.”
Therapists use not only their hands but sometimes their forearms and knees to apply pressure.
According to Unesco, the practice has its “roots in self-care in Thai peasant society of the past, [where] every village had massage healers whom villagers would turn to when they had muscle aches from working the field”. However, UNESCO in this brief summary does not address the ancient roots of Ayurveda Medicine which the “Thai Peasants” knew and practiced for millennium.
According to Unesco, the intangible culture heritage list seeks to recognize things that are “important to preserve for future generations… [like] songs sung and stories told”.
It adds that these things “form part of a heritage and this requires active effort to safeguard it”.
Sen is the Thai word for the line. It is the same concept as Prana Nadi used in Yogic terminology, and the terms are interchangeable. The Sanskrit word Nadi means stream or movement. Sip Sen is considered an energetic pathway of the life-giving breath in the body. The oldest traditional yogic texts are reputed to refer to the existence of 350,000 lines. These lines form the Matrix, Energetic, or Prana Maya Kosha’s body.