The origin of Thai fighting
Welcome to Pahuyuth
Pahuyuth history book
Written by Playtamin and Sminglai this 480-pages book covers a timespan of more than 4500 years of Southeast Asian history and is clearly the most conclusive book about the true origins of Thai Martial Arts worldwide.
At the moment this book is only available in German language.
From distant past
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.
The Pahuyuth School is the only school in the world to teach Pahuyuth completely and authentically.
to modern day
The Pahuyuth School teaches traditional fighting knowledge according to the tradition of the ancient Pahuyuth warriors.
Currently Pahuyuth consists of seven disciplines that can be learned separately and be freely combined with each other. The goal of the Pahuyuth curriculum is to enable every student to develop their own tailored fighting style to suit their respective physical abilities and personal preferences.
MUAI - The original Muay Boran
MUAI (also DTIE MUAI or MUAI DUEKDAMMBAN) is traditional boxing using the four bodily weapons of fist, foot, elbow and knee.
To make a living during times of peace, from approx. 900 AD Pahuyuth warriors began to stage improvised fights employing punches, kicks and strikes of the elbows and knees. From this arose a new method of fighting called MUAI which later evolved to become the Thai national sport Muay Thai and other Southeast Asian fighting styles. As a direct spinoff of LING LOM, MUAI proved itself as highly effective in hand-to-hand combat, which is why the ancient warriors brought it back into Pahuyuth and maintained it in its original form. Due to its unique origin, MUAI can be described as the „original Muay Boran”(ancient Muay).
In the beginners level, MUAI is trained using 8 oz. Boxing gloves. From the middle level these are left off and the advanced students include ground fighting techniques from LING LOM in their sparring. Due to the focus on unregulated fighting with bare fists, MUAI is highly suited to modern self-defense purposes and offers students a practical introduction to Pahuyuth.
LING LOM - The origin of Pahuyuth
LING LOM (monkey-air or air-monkey) is unarmed Pahuyuth using all bodily capabilities and it represents the origin of all Thai fighting styles.
The origins of this unique fighting method reach back to the time of the Glie Gauw Pienohng (around 2500 B.C.). First described by the Chinese as a "ghost" or "wraith fight" it was later named "Ling Lom" (monkey-air or air-monkey), due to its elusive character and unusual movements. The name stuck and lead to the common misconception, that LING LOM was derived from the imitation of animals or is somehow related to Chinese martial arts. As a matter of fact LING LOM solely utilizes the conditions and abilities of the human body.
LING LOM was used in Southeast Asian warfare throughout the ages. Some legends tell about warriors, who moved over the battlefield 'like the wind' and even fought between elephants legs. Later (around 1000 A.D.) LING LOM became the origin of all Thai stand-up fighting methods. Traces of LING LOM can also be found in other Southeast Asian fighting styles.
LING LOM is one of the hardest and most rewarding Pahuyuth disciplines a student can choose. Beginners start with rigorous workout program and acquire step by step the traditional principles and concepts of this system (Tah Kru). The result is a highly efficient, adaptive fighting style, that enables its user to fight against other martial arts without learning them first.
MIED - The knife fighting style of shadow warriors
MIED (knife) is traditional armed combat with forearm-long objects such as knifes, hatchets or scythes.
Only few things are known about ancient Thai knife fighters, since they used to remain in the shadows and often fought concealed in enemy territory. Armed with simple tool or household knifes they infiltrated the enemy’s positions and defeated him from within. It is said, that only four hundred of these “shadow warriors” were in the fellowship of general Taksin after the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767 AD. But these few men and women were sufficient to unite a whole country and give the foundation for today’s Thailand.
The specialty of MIED is the exploitation of the opponent’s weapons by turning them against the attacker or using random objects from the surrounding as improvised weapons. In civil life MIED practitioners are usually unarmed, which is also part of their traditional codex.
DAB – Traditional Thai Sword Fighting
DAB (sword) is traditional armed combat with arm-long objects as improvised weapons and the name-giving Thai-swords.
Thai-swords were originally simple rice flails (Gab) or weed scythes (Gab Glie). Such tools were already used 4000 years ago against Chinese invaders and over the course of centuries developed into fighting swords. Typical for Thai sword fighting is using the center-near pivot that enables a high rotation speed and complex movement patterns and the use of the grip for blunt strikes.
Authentic Thai sword fighting is always trained with heavy training weapons made from wood or steel, but never with Rattan oder Bamboo. The Pahuyuth School is the only place in the world where the famous DAB NARESUAN (also known as “Sword of Ayutthaya”) is taught. DAB NARESUAN is a special, single-handed sword style, developed and secretively passed on by a paramilitary special force, that was founded during the Reign of King Naresuan (1590-1605 A.D.).
GRABONG – A travelling monks weapon
GRABONG (quarterstaff) is a traditional weapon-based martial art, that uses body long objects, such as staffs, spears or even broomsticks as improvised weapons.
Ever since southeast Asian wanderers and monks have used simple bamboo staffs to carry provisions and luggage - or to defend themselves against waylays and wild animals. According to the legend “Zaiyuh” it was a monk named Tam Gam Jang, who repeatedly used a magical long staff, while traveling through the area of Nunjauw in order to bring Buddhist teachings to China. But more likely is that Pahuyuth free warriors have used such staffs ever since to defend themselves against way layers and wild animals. A typical free warrior GRABONG is an even, body long quarterstaff made from solid wood. Ancient war staffs were additionally coated with metal wire meshes or plated with metal in order to provide resistance against sword blades.
The specialty of GRABONG are the complex spinning techniques, that distinguishes this unique discipline from most other staff-fighting martial arts and allows to use long weapons in close-quarters or difficult terrain. It is said, that a good GRABONG warrior can make a bulky long staff look as smooth and flexible as a rope.
MAI ZOOG – Traditional Shield Fighting
MAI ZOOG (also „Mai Sawk“ or „Grarock“) is a traditional weapon-based martial art, that uses arm shields for attack and defense.
The MAI ZOOG (also „Mai Sawk“ or „Grarock“) used to be a practical arm extension, used by fishermen to pull boats towards them or by farmersmen to move bigger straw bales. Some clever free warriors came up with the idea to turn this every day tool into a mighty shield for close-combat. Loosely attached to the forearms it provides solid protection against bladed and blunt weapons at extremely close ranges and delivers devastating blows due to its additional weight and the metal bolts attached to the front. It is said that ancient shield-fighters were able to cut a swath through battlefields, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Pahuyuth shield-warriors are extreme close-combat fighters, who fear neither weapons nor ground-fighting. They usually have excellent defense skills and precise boxing and elbow-techniques, they can use with or without their shields.
SABEI – The secret fighting style of the concubines
SABEI is a traditional weapon-based martial art, that uses soft items such as whips, ropes, fishing nets or sashes as improvised weapons.
In ancient history it was a common custom to give young women away as concubines. Since they were not allowed to carry any weapons or flee in case of a raid, these women were usually condemned to become defenseless victims. In order to protect them ancient free warriors (Pahuyuth) secretly taught them how to fight with cloth (SABEI) and thus gave birth to the most dangerous Pahuyuth discipline.
SABEI equalises physical strength. This makes it an excellent choice for self-defense purposes against stronger attackers. SABEI is traditionally passed on in honor of the many nameless women who suffered violence and/or gave their lives throughout history.
SELF-DEFENSE means any defensive action that is necessary to avert an imminent unlawful attack on oneself or another.
Legitimate self-defense is not a separate Pahuyuth discipline, but an interdisciplinary skillset and valuable mindset we teach all of our students. In doing so we put great emphasis on a strict legal conformity and interpretation, which we understand as an indispensable basis for a truly realistic self-defense.
Become a free warrior!
Pahuyuth Schule c/o Kampfkunstschule-Neukölln
Hobrechtstraße 31, 12047 Berlin
Near U-Bhf Schönleinstraße (U8)
Opening timesMonday 6-10 PM - Beginners' Course 6 PM
Wednesday 6-10 PM
Friday 6-10 PM - Beginners' Course 6 PM