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PAHUYUTH – Traditional Martial Arts and Self-Defense

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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is the martial art of the free people.

It was born out of rebellion against violence, oppression and slavery.

It was developed to defend against superior enemies.

It is passed on in order to preserve a life of peace and freedom.

Pahuyuth-Warriors are free warriors, inwardly and outwardly.

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 to this day.

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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 (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 (knowledge of nothingness) deals with non-physical phenomena of all kinds. These include, for example, 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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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.

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The Pahuyuth Disciplines

Pahuyuth knowledge is based on knowledge of the natural conditions of the human body. It was forged from the combat experiences of countless Free-Warriors who have successfully survived innumerable wars and conflicts. It includes seven different martial arts disciplines, which can be learned individually and combined seamlessly with each other.

Pahuyuth fights with and without weapons. In principle, therefore, a distinction is first made between unarmed combat (LING LOM) and armed combat (AWUD). The weaponless Pahuyuth disciplines are divided into active (MUAI) and passive (LING LOM) combat.

The disciplines of armed combat are divided according to the physical characteristics of the object used as a weapon in hand-length (MEED, knife), forearm-length (MAI SAWK, shield), arm-length (DAAB, sword), body-length (GRABONG, quarterstaff) and flexible (SABAI, scarf).


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MUAI is a stand-up fighting using the four bodily weapons fist, foot, elbow and knee.

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LING LOM is unarmed Pahuyuth using all capabilities and conditions of the human body.

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MEED (knife) is armed combat with hand-long objects and knives.

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MAI SAWK (Shield) is armed combat with forearm-long objects and shields.

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DAB (sword) is armed combat with arm-length items as improvised weapons and (Thai) swords.

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GRABONG (Stock) is armed combat with body-long objects and quarterstaves.

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SABEI (scarf) is armed combat with flexible objects such as whips, ropes, fishing nets and sashes used as improvised weapons.

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We do not see self-defense as an independent Pahuyuth discipline, but as a multidisciplinary competence and valuable basic attitude that we teach to all our students.

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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 of the Free-Warriors

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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 technical manual of the basic level (green belt) and has been 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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Learn Pahuyuth

Are you interested in traditional martial arts and self-defense? Would you like to try a non-binding Pahuyuth trial training? You want to become a Free-Warrior yourself, but don’t know where to start yet?

No problem! With the following steps you can get an impression of our training right here and right now – free of charge, without obligation and anonymously. Just train when and where you want, without registration, without devices and as long and as often as you want. Just start!

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  • Step 1: Your first workout

    The 30 Exercises are our standard fitness training for beginners. Everyone has to get through this. We share this approximately one-hour workout for free on our website.

    We recommend that you take a look at the exercises and try to do them in order to get a first impression.

    Important: In order to start training with us it is not necessary to be able to perfom the 30 exercises perfectly in advance.

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  • Step 2: Your first techniques

    You can also learn your first fifteen fighting techniques for beginners completely free of charge and even contact-free from home.

    Just watch our instructional video from 1984 and practice the techniques shown. For this you need neither previous knowledge nor a special talent. Just give it a try.

    Important: In order to start training with us, it is not necessary to be able to perform these techniques perfectly in advance.

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  • Step 3: Start becoming a "no one"

    Pahuyuth is a method of close combat that was developed and used by paramilitary special forces, mercenaries and commando units (aka “No one”).

    Following the ancient traditions, we place a certain value to data protection and privacy and maintain a so-called “tradition of discretion” as part of our training. This means that we do not use real names during our training, but so-called Warrior-Names.

    Your brain teaser task: Start becoming a “no one” by giving yourself a pseudonym or at least thinking about who or what you would like to be for yourself or others.

  • Step 4 (optional): Register

    If steps one to three sparked your interest and you want more of this, then register with your self-chosen warrior-name either at our trial training in Berlin (up to 3x free of charge) or for our worldwide online training (in German and English). Details on the respective training formats can be found on the topic pages linked below.

    Pro Tip: If you have any questions about the steps above, please email us at [email protected]

Trial training in Berlin

Here you will find further information about our live training in Berlin-Neukölln.

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Online training worldwide

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