The Monsoon Society supports various projects to promote SE Asian cultural arts that its membership proposes. This is an incomplete list representing a weekly training programme, an annual festival event, and an on-going organization.
maelstrom Martial Arts – a training programme
maelstrom Martial Arts is a regular training programme undertaken by the collective of certified maelstrom instructors. Training in various SE Asian martial arts is available to the public through memberships at the Ancient Fire Dojo in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Since 2012, Monsoon Society has provided the resources required for maelstrom Martial Arts to operate year-round, providing 10-12 hours/week of instruction in 4 different cultural arts from 10 different instructors. Certification up to instructor level is an option for dedicated members.
See the maelstrom Martial Arts website for details of its schedule, martial arts taught, and its instructors.
Southeast Asian Cultural Arts Festival (SEACAF)
A free festival in Vancouver, BC Canada for the cultural arts of SE Asia – SEACAF events took place 2008-2015, with support from Monsoon (and other sponsors) provided from 2012 to 2015.
Buddhai Sawan Association of North America
The Thai weapons arts are not as well known as the sport of Muay Thai. They are unique to the region, sharing historical roots with the fighting arts of Myanmar, and generally referred to as “krabi krabong” or “short and long”. Krabi krabong is marked by a focus on use of double swords or daab. Few other cultural weapon arts have that focus – one other being Filipino eskrima or kali.
Krabi krabong persists in Thailand as a cultural practice – adopted by royalty and the military as hallmarks of the Thai people and pride. One particular academy of krabi krabong was the Buddhai Sawan Institute of Swordsmanship located in Bangkok. A number of its adherents in N. America trained there and brought back this rare cultural art. However, until 2018, there was little progress developing a broad community of students and standardizing the ranking and curriculum.
The Buddhai Sawan Association of North America (BSANA) was established in partnership with the Monsoon Society in 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the 2nd Annual Buddhai Sawan Summit. The three leading proponents of Buddhai Sawan krabi krabong who trained at the Bangkok instituted (now defunct) formed the organization. Information and resources of the new organization are hosted by Monsoon Society.