The true origin of our hidden class, Nak Muay, is shrouded in mystery. Although Muay Thai dates back centuries, its roots and prominent figures are heavily debated amongst modern scholars. What can be agreed on, however, are its traditions and the existence of a man known as the father of Muay Thai. Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand, and those who practice its craft are called, Nak Muay. Muay Thai is a form of fighting that utilizes the whole body – hands for solid punches, elbows for sharp blows, knees for powerful strikes, and legs for lethal kicks – giving it the second name: the “art of eight limbs.” This fighting style also consists of three different combat distances, each with their own techniques. The signature tattoos, wards, amulets, and ceremonies of the Nak Muay are there to increase the fighter’s good fortune and to ward off bad luck or whatever evil spirits that may follow them into the ring. The origins of Muay Thai are still unclear as much of its history has been lost. However, there is a prominent figure from Muay Thai history that is celebrated every year on, March 17th. The father of Muay Thai, Nai Khanom Tom. Nai Khanom Tom was a historical hero turned legend. In 1774, Nai Khanom Tom was one of thousands of Thai prisoners that were taken captive by King Mangra, the Burmese King, after the Burmese invaded and destroyed Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand. Because the Burmese also had their own form of martial arts that was similar to Muay Thai, King Mangra, during a special festival, wanted to see which fighting style was superior. For this trial, Nai Khanom Tom was selected to go head to head against one of Burma’s best champions. Nai Khanom Tom prepared for the fight by performing the ritual of Wai Khru Ram Muay, where the fighter circles the ring in a counter-clockwise direction, prays at each corner, then performs a dance that expresses their respect to their teacher, parents, and ancestors. The Burmese were mesmerized by the dance, thinking it to be some sort of black magic, and as such, when Nai Khanom Tom defeated his opponent, the referee deemed it invalid. The king then sent nine other fighters, one-by-one to go against Nai Khanom Tom and he defeated them all without taking a single break in-between. King Mangra was so impressed that he said, “Every part of you is blessed with venom, even with your bare hands you can fell ten opponents,” and granted Nai Khanom Tom his freedom and the freedom of his fellow Thais. This famous story illustrates the best attributes of Muay Thai: the willingness to face against any odds and to win not only for oneself but for others -- thus proving that the path of the Nak Muay is a tough one, but its rewards, just as great. References Khiri. 2016. Thailand’s Art of Eight Limbs. [Online.] World Muaythai Council. 2018. Nai Khanom Tom Muaythai Legends. [Online] Martial Arts Thailand. 2015. Nai Khanom Tom: Father of Muay Thai. [Online] Wikipedia, 2018. Wai Khru Ram Muay. [Online] Kombat Group, 2018. History of Muay Thai. [Online]
Greetings, Saviors! Introducing our new [BGM Movie Trailer] "Onmyoji" English Lyrics Ver. Trailer #2/ SFA - Heaven on Earth ● Onmyoji About 90 years ago, the first Onmyoji abandoned their homeland and made way to our blessed Kingdom, where they took on different positions at the service of the Royal Court. Though their work in the Court ended 4 decades ago, the Onmyoji remain in the Kingdom, quietly tending to their craft in communion with the local people. That, they believe, is the way to creating a place for the Onmyoji in our society. After Medzio Diena, they have focused their efforts on addressing the hardships of a nation struck by catastrophe through the harmonious ways of their class. It is in the balance of heaven and earth, light and dark, yin and yang that the Onmyoji find the source of their power, and nowhere are these forces better represented than in the union of the human body and spirit, which stand between heaven and earth. That is why the Onmyoji imbue their power onto sheets of paper cut out into human shapes. The energies in equilibrium manifest themselves in the properties of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, which are known as the Five Elements. The Onmyoji can use these properties not only to confuse and attack their enemies, but to protect themselves as well. In recent times, Onmyoji Master Ahiro Seimei was involved in mediating between his country of origin and the Kingdom he now calls home. According to what was reported, the Master had been tasked with attending to complex diplomatic requests coming from his homeland while minimizing the burden on our Kingdom’s authorities. Thanks to his harmonious nature, Seimei managed to gather the support of other Class Masters, who helped him fulfill his duty most successfully. Besides his work on the balance of the Five Elements under the rule of the goddesses and divine spirits, the Onmyoji Master is also particularly concerned with achieving harmony in the relations between his native country and our nation. Fortunately, the Kingdom’s divine spirits are known to be gentle and temperate, allowing the Onmyoji Master a certain degree of freedom in his work. On the other hand, the burden of communicating with the divine spirits is one he shares with the Miko Master, whose carefree personality at times hinders his intentions. In an era where the Onmyoji are no longer newcomers but integrated subjects of the Kingdom, the aftermath of Medzio Diena is heavy on the young Master’s shoulders, but our people trust his strong dedication to harmony to lead us into peaceful days, where the Kingdom and its divine spirits can live happily under the grace of the goddesses. ● Lyrics As time flows by like a river Pines and forest are evergreen Cherry blossoms bloom gracefully But my joy and sorrow wither away As my heart drifts away into the Southern wind Memories of summer breeze fill the air Though I yearn for my homeland for a thousand times My vision will be burnt into ashes As my heart drifts away into the Northern wind Memories of autumn bliss caress my soul Though I yearn for my homeland for a thousand times Every dream will be burnt into ashes As I pray day and night under the sun and moon Everlasting peace on Heaven and Earth May the gods protect us from the skies above And unite the nation in one like Yin and Yang Winter has arrived in the shrine May my home be safe as sound I believe with the sovereign’s guide We will have a miracle in store Heaven on Earth (Onmyoji Main BGM) Composed by SFA See you soon!
Greetings, Saviors! Introducing our new [BGM Movie Trailer] [BGM Movie Trailer] "Retiarius" English Lyrics Ver. Trailer #2/ Kevin - Ra Reina ● Retiarius In combat, the Retiarius’ main weapons are the net (called the ‘rete’), the trident, and the dagger. Though seemingly harmless at first glance, the rete is used to entrap enemies or pull them towards the Retiarius with one hand while the other attacks with the weapon. Also, the rete allows fighters to reach multiple enemies at once, a move which never fails to impress their audiences. This class is well-known for their dauntless displays in the arena, and the rete-based combat style is a crucial part of that. Reriarius Master Caecilia, however, knows that fame is only momentary, as the public will always admire the strongest champions. Because of this, her determination to survive in the arena has allowed her to make a name for herself as Class Master. Many believe that, after losing her father in a combat accident and removing herself from the arena, she has returned only because of the events of Medzio Diena. However, her true intentions remain a mystery. There are no eternal victors in the world of gladiators; defeat is an inevitable part of the experience. Despite this, the Retiarii have remained the most popular arena fighters for centuries, in large due to an old story dating back to the reign of King Kadumel, a story which also happens to depict the unfortunate temperament of the infamous tyrant. One very famous Retiarius lived in the era of King Kadumel. This particular Retiarius was known for almost never wearing a helmet, in part because regulations at the time were nonexistent, but mostly to flaunt his well-sculpted features, or so the rumors said. One day at a tournament, the crowd was especially excited for his performance. When the referee finally gave the fighters the sign to attack, the handsome Retiarius immediately threw his rete upwards in the direction of his opponent. He knew that any competent gladiator would detect the trajectory of a descending net in seconds and escape before it could hit them. That day, however, the Retiarius’ nimble attack failed to suppress his enemy, who had blocked the net with his shield. The crowd’s excitement dwelled down at the sight of their champion’s mistake. The Retiarius could no longer attack; the other gladiator had already breached the distance between them and reflected away his trident away with a throw of the dagger directed at his torso. He fell to his knees. The shouting crowd and loud music around him drowned the Retiarius’ cry of pain. The referee quickly interrupted the battle to stand between the two men, looking up at King Kadumel who was watching from the royal box. The king did not ponder for long before ordering the gladiator to finish off the defeated Retiarius. As it later came to be known, the king had only sentenced the champion to death in order to win a personal bet, an act not unexpected of a monarch as ruthless as Kadumel. The handsome Retiarius’ death became the most well-known incident in the arena under King Kadumel’s rule. After his reign, the Court abolished the practice of deciding the fate of their gladiators, and Retiarii gained the massive popularity they still carry to this day. Most of the Kingdom’s combat arenas have closed since Medzio Diena, making it difficult for those in the field to host tournaments. Despite this, the Retiarius Master continues to train new fighters as a way to address the constant struggle for survival in today’s world and preserve the important role of gladiators in society. ● Lyrics Finally called To the place legends are born And the blade of death is nowhere to be seen Journey continues As the day begins anew Hear the heroes anthem as it brings you peace There are times when you will fail Wrecked into pieces Cast by the shadows of fear But despair will not be your last fate Fight on for justice Freedom and salvation This is where you belong I will be your savior You’ll survive no matter what I'll be the strength in your whole life You've come down a long way road And now this path shall be yours forevermore Lost in the dark Where the beasts begin to lurk Ready to ambush and tear your soul into two Fear strikes once again Driving you insane Lost in the tempest and fail to escape There are times when you will try But end up falling With guidance I bring into you No discourage shall be in your way Fight on for justice Freedom and salvation This is where you belong I will be your savior You’ll survive no matter what I'll be the strength in your whole life You've come down a long way road And now this path shall be yours forevermore Ra Reina (Retiarius Main BGM) Composed by Kevin See you soon!