Buddhaisawan Conservation Center of Thai Sword Fighting Kanchanaburi
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It was originally called Buddhaisawan Sword Centre Ayutthaya. Later the name Ayutthaya was replaced by Kanchanaburi. When Khun Samai passed away, his son Khun Thanongsak carried on the tradition started by the father. Although the name in English is Buddhaisawan Sword Conservation Centre, the centre teaches all forms of traditional Thai weapons as the name in Thai suggests.
It’s important to understand the philosophy behind this traditional weapons centre; it’s more than just a school that teaches the use of the various types of traditional weapons. Like all martial arts, there is a certain physical and mental discipline. More than that, it teaches the culture, history and traditions of these weapons, the men and women and events involved with these weapons. That’s why it’s called a conservation centre; it preserves a national heritage.
These were the weapons used in the previous centuries when the old Siamese kingdom was engaged in continuous struggles with her neighbours. These weapons embody the efforts and sacrifices of earlier generations that ensured the survival of the kingdom. The centre is located in an area of historical significance; the Khwae Yai valley in Kanchanaburi where many big battles were fought with the Burmese. In 1785 when the Burmese launched a massive invasion of Siam, the Nine Army Battle, the critical battle for that campaign was fought just 24 km north of this weapons centre.