Arjarn Samai Mashamana...            PAGE 5

 

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Written by Tony Moore in remembrance to Por Kruh Samai

His father worked with the countryside development agency and was believed to be the only expert in the full traditional weapons system of Thailand. We believe that it was from his father that Por Kru Samai’s interest and love of the weapons system began. After these wars, the Siamese capital was moved from Ayuddhaya to Thonburi and then to it’s present site Krung Thep (Bangkok).

This move was instigated by King Taksin because the new site was far easier to defend and more importantly because Ayuddhaya was irreparable. A man of high moral principles, Por Kru Samai dedicated his life to humanity. Early in his life he worked as a teacher in youth clubs in no less than thirty-six provinces across Thailand. He was also a very famous photographer for the PIM-THAI newspaper. Due to the nature of his pictures he found himself in life-threatening situations on at least two occasions. During the Second World War, Por Kru Samai worked closely with the underground movement who was attempting to undermine the Japanese occupation. He wrote the truth about the now infamous "Death Railway" and the corruption, which was rife at that time, This also must have been a very dangerous time for him. Just after the war, Por Kru received an incandescent vision from the spirit world.

n the vision he was told to rebuild the Buddhai Swan Sword Fighting School of Ayuddhaya. The following day, Por Kru, motivated by the vision, walked for miles seeking the designated place to build the school. He was led to a large tree, the place where the school would in the future be re-constructed.

His sole possessions were fifty satang - baht (nowadays the rate is 58 baht = 1.00) and a small bag containing that day’s rice ration. Undaunted, he went into the bush at the side of the path to cut himself some rattan and bamboo from which he could fashion some training weapons.

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photo by L. Cotte III 1995

photo by T. Moore 1995

photo by T. Moore 1995

photo by T. Moore 1995

photo by T. Moore 1995

    

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