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PAHUYUTH – Traditional Martial Arts and Self-Defense in Berlin

Pahuyuth is an ancient martial art and part of the traditional Free-Warrior knowledge – a unique cultural heritage that has grown over thousands of years and is passed on within the community of Pahuyuth. The roots of this martial art reach back more than 4500 years into the past which makes Pahuyuth one of the oldest fighting methods in the world.

Designed to enable a life of peace and freedom, Pahuyuth was used in countless wars and conflicts in Southeast Asia. Pahuyuth was the dreaded combat method of paramilitary Free-Warriors who refined the knowledge over generations and combined it with other fields of knowledge such as the Saiyasart and the knowledge of traditional Free-Warrior medicine.

The Free-Warriors of Pahuyuth always kept their independence and their free will. Outsiders regarded them as uncouth, disobedient and rebellious. However their fighting abilities were beyond any doubt. This made them powerful allies in times of war. In peacetime, however, they were often persecuted and executed.

This led to the formation of a secret society that spread throughout Southeast Asia and over the centuries withdrew more and more from the public eye. Over time the knowledge of the ancient Free-Warriors was almost completely forgotten. Nowadays only a handful of people practice and teach it to those who need it for a life in peace and freedom.

In order to preserve this unique body of knowledge and to preserve the cultural heritage of the ancient Free-Warriors for future generations, the Pahuyuth School (founded as Muai-Thai Studio) was founded 1975 in Berlin. Its purpose is the protection and preservation of traditional knowledge through education and information.

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

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The knowledge of the ancient Free-Warriors

Pahuyuth (pronounced Pah-hu-jutt) is an ancient martial art and part of the traditional Free-Warrior knowledge – a unique body of knowledge that has grown over millennia and has been passed on within the Pahuyuth community.

In addition to martial arts, the traditional Free-Warrior knowledge also includes the Saiyasart and the traditional Free-Warrior medicine.

All three areas of knowledge are closely intertwined 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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Pahuyuth

Pahuyuth (martial arts) deals with the warlike aspects of existence and physical confrontation.

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

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Saiyasart

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

These include forms of spirituality, meditation, magic and spiritual healing. Fragments of Saiyasart were adopted from Thai Buddhism (e.g. amulets and talismans) other components were outlawed as “black magic”. A modern spin-off of Saiyasart can be found in the Yaan Meditation.

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Naturopathy

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

It arose from the need to cure diseases and injuries far from civilization. It includes knowledge of massage techniques as well as medicinal herbs and medicinal plants. Fragments of this area of knowledge found their way into traditional Thai massage and other natural healing methods.

Self-defense

The subject of self-defense is loosely attached to martial arts knowledge but not directly related to it, which is to be understood as a coupling of various Pahuyuth techniques and concepts with special consideration of prevailing rights and laws.

Pahuyuth Disciplines

Pahuyuth consists of seven different martial arts disciplines. They can be learned individually and seamlessly combined with each other. The Pahuyuth knowledge is initially divided into unarmed combat (LING LOM) and armed struggle (AWUD). These areas are in turn subdivided into two unarmed (LING LOM and MUAI) and five armed combat disciplines (MEED, MAI SAWK, DAAB, GRABONG and SABAI).

The traditional school techniques of all seven Pahuyuth disciplines were restructured in 2020 A.D. and published for the first time in a bundled form in the Pahuyuth Compendium.

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The origin of all Thai martial arts

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MUAI

Traditional boxing
(the original Muay Boran)

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LING LOM

The origin of Pahuyuth

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MEED

Traditional knife fighting

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Traditional Shield Fighting

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Traditional sword fighting
(the original Krabi Krabong)

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GRABONG

Traditional staff fighting

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Traditional scarf fighting

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Self-Defense

Within the framework of the law

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The history of Pahuyuth in three chapters

Chapter 1: The ancient Free-Warriors – from the First Resistance to the Retreat

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The first mention of Pahuyuth dates back to about 2500 BC. when the early Tai (Thai) resisted the occupation by the Chinese, discovering the basics of martial arts, Saiyasart and Naturopathy.

In the course of their migration to the south, the Thais took the Pahuyuth with them to the territory of present-day Thailand. However, the knowledge of the ancient Free-Warriors was never limited to the Thai people only.

Since time immemorial, there have always been members of different ethnicities and origins among the Free-Warriors. It was not uncommon for escaped slaves, serfs or deserters to be taken into the ranks of the Free-Warriors, giving them a chance to live in peace and freedom.

Common to all Free-Warriors was their tendency to distance themselves the state. As paramilitary forces, they were always there to defend the country against invaders. However, they were almost never part of the regular military or aspired to political offices.

Much more they preferred to make their living as nameless mercenaries (hence the term “free warriors” or “Free-Warriors”) or intinerant healers. Some lived secluded in the wilderness (Ruesi) or retired as monks in temples.

Chapter 2: Into the Underground – the retreat from the public

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For centuries, the ancient Free-Warriors were instrumental in the historical development of Southeast Asia. Countless 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 A.D., however, the era of the ancient Free-Warriors came to an abrupt end.

Fearing political persecution, the remaining Free-Warriors (Pahuyuth) withdrew from the public 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 the grave. Those who continued to teach did so in secret and far from the royal court.

Pahuyuth, the ancient martial art of the people, gradually disappeared from the light of the public 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

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

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

A generation of Free-Warriors later, in 1975, a Pahuyuth teacher moved from Thailand to Germany and founded a new school in Berlin that was accessible to everyone. Free from the cultural, social and political influences of Southeast Asia, a new generation of Pahuyuth Free-Warriors could emerge.

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 the traditional Free-Warrior knowledge through education and information.

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

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Pahuyuth History Book

As traditional teachers, Plai Tamin and Smingplai report for the first time on the Pahuyuth as a complex and in-itself closed 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 an integral part of the Pahuyuth training and examination procedure since 2020 AD.

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The Pahuyuth School in Berlin

The Pahuyuth School was founded in 1975 as the “Muai-Thai Studio” in Berlin-West and was the first school in Germany to make then then unknown “Thai martial arts” public.

To this day, this school is regarded as an important pioneer for the development of Thai martial arts in Europe, as well as a benchmark setting pioneer and authority for traditional Thai martial arts.

The history of the school is as eventful as that of the ancient Free-Warriors. Always independent and free from the currents of its time, in recent decades there has been a large number of official and unofficial educational institutions in Berlin where the Free-Warriors of modernity came together to devote themselves to the exchange and transfer of knowledge.

Since 2012 the school is located in the premises of the Kampfkunstschule Neukölln.

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Training at home

In response to the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 aka Corona Pandemic, we now provide the 30 Exercises free of charge for everyone. The 30 Exercises are an approximately one-hour training program, which consists of thirty individual exercises and can be trained at home or wherever you want. We hope to help all those who are forced to train on their own in their own homes because of the current situation!

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Martial Arts Techniques for Beginners

In this previously unpublished instructional video, a teacher shows the first 15 of the 45 basic techniques of Pahuyuth according to the 1984 curriculum. The techniques and concepts shown in this video are, except for a few minor details, valid to this day and can be used in Pahuyuth, Muay Thai, Muay Boran and many other fighting styles (e.g. MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Chaiya, Muay Thasao, Muay Korat, Muay Lopburi, Muay Lao, Bokator, Pradal Serey, Lethwei and many more).

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