IN MEMORY OF
POR KRU SAMAI MASHAMANA
Born May 5th 1914 - Died August 29th 1998
THE LATE GRAND MASTER OF THE BUDDHAI SAWAN INSTITUTE OF SWORDSMANSHIP
Por Kruh was born in 1914 at Tambon Ban Thani, Maha Rat District, in Ayutthaya. He is the direct descendant of warriors and noblemen who served the courts of Krung Kao (Ayutthaya) and the early Chakri dynasty and who were once responsible for saving the King. He spent his youth studying Krabi Krabong and Muay Thai as well as western fencing and Japanese Judo ( The Ministry of Education began judo contests for students in 1927 after a Thai Prince became interested and propagated its study). He later earned a degree in Physical Education and was one of the first physical education graduates in Thailand when he opened his first Krabi Krabong school in Wat Rakung Kositaram.
During World War II, Por Kruh owned and operated the Moonlight Bar, which attracted a diverse group of foreigners both Allies and Axis alike. He cleverly used this operation as a cover for his covert intelligence gathering work for the Seri Thai, an underground resistance movement that attempted to drive the Japanese forces off Thai soil. Por Kruh Samai taught many of these covert agents and guerilla fighters the most lethal techniques of Krabi Krabong and Muay Thai on the makeshift grounds of the Wat.
After the war, Por Kruh promoted Muay Thai and attempted to bolster support for the growing sport. In 1957, he finally established the Buddhai Sawan School of Swordsmanship with the purpose of perpetuating the art of Krabi Krabong just as it was handed down to him. The same year, His Majesty the King - well aware of the role played by the school in promoting Krabi Krabong awarded Por Kruh Samai with a victory flag as a token of his patronage.
Many of Por Kruh's graduates have gone on to perform at ceremonial functions and even in movies and television shows which are arranged through the alumni association established in 1983. A number of graduates have served in the military's primary paratrooper regiments. A few have even been selected as members of the elite security force chosen to guard his Majesty the King. It continues to be taught to commandos, elite infantry units, royal bodyguards and many International students.
REMEMBERANCE LETTERS TO POR KRU SAMAI MASHAMANA
BRITISH THAI BOXING COUNCIL
Por Kru Samai Mashamana will be sadly missed by all the students of Buddhai Sawan Institute and everybody in the world of martial arts. Por Kru Samai Mashamana dedicated his life to the preservation of the martial arts of Thailand and has been a great inspiration to many martial artists throughout the World. In our hearts we feel a great void has been created which will be very hard to fill without his presence, his kindness, and his understanding. His son, Arjarn Werayut Mashamana will continue Por Kru Samai's good work.
Arjarn Tony Moore; Chairman, BTBC (British Thai Boxing Council)
UNITED STATES MUAY THAI ASSOCIATION
It is with great saddness and deep regret that the USMTA do wish to express their sincere condolences on the passing of Por Kru Samai Mashamana. Por Kru will be sadly missed by all who have had the fortune to have personally met and been blessed with his instruction and knowledge at the Buddhai Sawan Institute. Our sadness of this great loss, goes out to all the members of his family, to his wife and to his children who carry his name and his honor. Por Kru's presence will live with all who have walked through in the footsteps of the great warriors and nobles to up hold the honor of the Buddhai Sawan. Por Kru Samai will live with us always.
Khun Clint Heyliger; President: USMTA
1998 USMTA Inc. All rights reserved. Revised: October 16, 2004