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PAHUYUTH – Traditional Martial Arts and Self-Defense

Pahuyuth is ancient fighting knowledge. The roots of this mysterious martial art reach back over 4500 years into the past, making it one of the most ancient fighting systems of the world.

Pahuyuth was originally developed to enable a life in peace and freedom, but was then deployed in countless wars and conflicts in Southeast Asia.

Pahuyuth was the feared fighting method of paramilitary free warriors who had refined this knowledge from generation to generation and combined it with other areas of knowledge, such as Saiyasart (the knowledge of the void) and the traditional knowledge of healing.

The Pahuyuth warriors always maintained their independence and their free will. This made them powerful allies in times of war while it drew persecution during times of peace.

From these circumstances arose a secret alliance that was spread across all of Southeast Asia and which withdrew more and more from the public eye. The knowledge of the ancient warriors was almost entirely forgotten and is now handed down to those who require it to live a life in peace and freedom by a mere handful of persons.

In order to preserve this unique body of knowledge and the cultural inheritance of the ancient warriors for future generations the Pahuyuth School was founded in 1975, originally as the Muai Thai Studio. The purpose of the school is the preservation and maintenance of the traditional knowledge by education and teaching.

The Pahuyuth School in Berlin is the only place in the world where the knowledge of Pahuyuth is taught and practiced in its full extent.

Traditional Martial Arts

The secret knowledge of the ancient free warriors

Pahuyuth (pronounced Pah-hoo-yoot) is an ancient martial art and part of the traditional knowledge of the ancient Free-Warriors – a unique treasure of knowledge that has grown over thousands of years and has been passed on within the fighting community of Pahuyuth.

The handed down Free-Warrior Knowledge contains beside the martial art also Saiyasart and the traditional Free-Warrior Medicine.

All three fields of knowledge are closely interwoven and have always been in mutual interaction.

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Pahuyuth is based on the natural abilities and conditions of the human body.

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The Pahuyuth (martial art) deals with the martial aspects of existence and physical confrontation.

It consists of two disciplines of unarmed combat (MUAI, LING LOM) and five weapon fighting disciplines (MEED, DAAB, GRABONG, MAI SAWK, SABAI). Fragments of Pahuyuth can be found for example in the Thai national sport Muay Thai and many other Asian fighting sports and martial arts.

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Saiyasart (knowledge of nothingness) deals with all kinds of non-physical phenomena.

These include, for example, forms of spirituality, meditation, magic and spiritual healing. Fragments of the Saiyasart were taken over by Thai Buddhism (e.g. amulets and talismans) other components were outlawed as “black magic”. A modern extraction of the Saiyasart can be found in the Yaan Meditation.

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Traditional Medicine

The Traditional Free-Warrior Medicine deals with the support of the natural self-healing and measures for prophylaxis.

It arose from the necessity to heal diseases and injuries far away from civilization. It contains the knowledge of massage techniques as well as of medicinal herbs and medicinal plants. Fragments of this field of knowledge found their way into traditional Thai massage and other natural healing methods.


Loosely connected to the martial arts knowledge but not directly belonging to it is the subject of self-defense, which is to be understood as an extraction of different Pahuyuth techniques and concepts with special consideration of rights and laws.

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Pahuyuth Disciplines

Pahuyuth consists of seven different martial arts disciplines. They can be learned individually and combined seamlessly. The Pahuyuth knowledge is first divided into unarmed combat (LING LOM) and armed combat (AWUD). These areas are again divided into two unarmed (LING LOM and MUAI) and five armed fighting disciplines (MIED, MAIH ZOOG, DAB, GRABONG and SABEI).

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Traditional boxing
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The origin of Pahuyuth

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Traditional knife fighting

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Traditional Thai sword fighting
(the original Krabi Krabong)

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Traditional staff fighting

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Traditional shield fighting

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Traditional cloth fighting

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Modern Self-Defense

The History of Pahuyuth in three chapters

Chapter 1: The ancient free warriors – from the first resistance to the retreat

The first mention of Pahuyuth dates back to 2500 B.C. when the early Tai (Thai) fought against the Chinese occupation and discovered the basics of Pahuyuth, Saiyasart and traditional healing.

In the course of their migration to the south the Thai took the Pahuyuth with them into the area of today’s Thailand. However, the knowledge of the old free warriors was not only limited to the Thai people.

Ever since there have always been members of different ethnicities and origins among the free warriors. Not infrequently escaped slaves, serfs or deserters were taken up in the ranks of the free warriors and got thereby a chance on a life in peace and freedom.

Common to all free warriors was their tendency to distance themselves from the state. As paramilitary forces, they were always there to defend the country against invaders. However, they were hardly ever part of the regular military or aspired to political offices.

Much more they preferred to earn a living as nameless mercenaries (hence the term “free warriors”) or wandering healers. Some lived isolated in the wilderness (Ruesi) or retired as monks to temples.

Chapter 2: Into the underground – the retreat of the free warriors from the public

For centuries, the ancient free warriors played a decisive role in the historical development of Southeast Asia. Many battles and campaigns were won with their help and the country was successfully defended against invaders time and time again.

With the execution of King Tak Sin in 1782 AD, the era of the ancient free warriors came to an abrupt end.

Out of fear of political persecution, the remaining free warriors (Pahuyuth) withdrew from the public eye and went underground.

Western influences and the increasing number of European mercenaries with modern firearms in the country led many of the old teachers to believe that their knowledge would no longer be needed. Many of them took their secrets to their graves. Those who continued to teach did so secretly and far from the royal court.

Pahuyuth, the ancient martial art of the common people, gradually disappeared from the public eye and became a legend of the past. The existence of the ancient free warriors and their significance for the fate of the country was erased from the history books.

Chapter 3: The Free Warriors of Modernity – From the Reformation to the Present Day

After Pahuyuth had existed exclusively in secret for more than 170 years, it had almost completely disappeared from the collective memory of the Thai. Those who had heard or met Pahuyuth at that time could not or did not want to talk about it.

In 1952, a convent of the few remaining Pahuyuth teachers decided that their martial art should be reformed and preserved for future generations. This was the basis for the present teaching concept of Pahuyuth.

A generation of free warriors later, in 1975, a Pahuyuth teacher moved from Thailand to Germany and founded a new and publicly accessible school in Berlin. Free from the cultural, social and political influences of Southeast Asia, a new generation of Pahuyuth free warriors emerged.

This was the beginning of the Pahuyuth School in Berlin (founded as Muai-Thai Studio), which still exists today. Its purpose is the protection and preservation of traditional free warrior knowledge through education and training.

The Pahuyuth School is the only place in the world where the knowledge of Pahuyuth taught and practiced to its full extend.

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As traditional teachers, Plai Tamin and Smingplai report for the first time on Pahuyuth as a complex and self-contained field of knowledge and present an introduction to its historical development.

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The Pahuyuth Compendium

Pahuyuth is an ancient martial art. A compendium is a collection of writings or a short textbook. The Pahuyuth Compendium is the new technical handbook of the basic level (green belt) and since 2020 A.D. an integral part of the Pahuyuth training and examination procedure.

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The Pahuyuth School

The Pahuyuth School was founded in 1975 as the Muai Thai Studio in West Berlin.

It was the first school to publically teach Thai fighting in Germany. Even today this institution is remembered as a trailblazer for the development of traditional Thai martial arts in Europe.

The history of the Pahuyuth School is as turbulent as is that of the ancient warriors. Always independent and uninfluenced by the fashions of their time, there were many official and inofficial gathering places in Berlin during the recent decades where the modern warriors would assemble to dedicate themselves to the exchange and transfer of this knowledge.

Since 2012 the Pahuyuth School can be found in the spaces of the Kampfkunstschule Neukölln.

Home Training

As a reaction to the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 aka Corona Pandemic, we have decided to make the 30 Exercises Workout available to everyone free of charge. The 30 Exercises are an approximately one-hour training program consisting of thirty individual exercises that can be trained in a very confined space. We hope to help all those who, due to the current situation, are forced to train on their own!

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