The sword was the principle weapon during the turbulent history of Siam, but the art of fencing was taken a step further in skill by warriors who fought with blades in both hands. This style of fencing dates back 2,000 years according to experts, and began when men of the Mon race from the North took refuge in Siam and were organized into fighting units called Krom Dap-Song-Mu, or "Sword in both hands".
These fierce warriors maintained their skills with constant training, following 10 basic positions which included standing on guard, "dancing", "checking", "swaggering", and the actual clash of cold steel. The coup de grace or final blow usually led to the decapitation of the foe, as opposed to the body thrust or slash of Western fencing.
Besides its deadliness in hand-to-hand combat, the art of fencing with two swords was regarded as a public display of skill and courage during feasts and festivals. These displays were held with the same ritual, as modern Tai boxing. The combatants wore costumes with talismanic figures on them and amulets around their heads.