The traditional Free-Warrior knowledge includes not only the Pahuyuth but also the Saiyasart and the knowledge of Naturopathy. All three areas of knowledge are closely linked and have always been in mutual interaction.
Pahuyuth deals with the combative aspects of existence and physical confrontation. It consists of two disciplines of unarmed combat (MUAI, LING LOM) and five armed combat 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 martial arts.
Saiyasart (knowledge of nothingness) deals with non-physical phenomena of all kinds on the basis of logic and rationality. These include forms of spirituality, meditation, magic, and spiritual healing. Fragments of Saiyasart were adopted by Thai Buddhism (e.g. amulets and talismans) other components were ostracised as “black magic”.
The traditional Free-Warrior Medicine is based partly on the knowledge of the body, mind and soul from Saiyasart, but also on the practical necessity of being able to heal diseases and injuries far away from civilization. It is based on the support of the self-healing functions of the human body. The naturopathy includes knowledge of massage techniques, healing bodies and medicinal plants. Parts of this area of knowledge found their way into traditional Thai massage and other natural healing methods.