Pahuyuth shield warriors are extreme melee fighters who fear neither weapons nor ground fighting. They have excellent defense capabilities and very precise fist and elbow techniques, which they can use with or without weapons.
Worn loosely on the forearms, the MAI SAWK offers solid protection against blunt weapons and sword blades. The additional weight and the metal bolts on the front multiply the striking power. The shields can be worn directly on the forearm due to the rope loops. One can also let them shoot forward to spontaneously increase the striking distance or to use the shields like an axe or trench club. Thanks to the two vertically mounted bolts, shields can also be used to catch enemy weapons and body parts or even as blade breakers.
The fighting style of the MAI SAWK is essentially based on the use of elbow and fist techniques. Shield warriors often prefer a slightly crouched body position in order to be able to fend off ground-near attacks. To avoid attacks from above, to bridge distances and to confuse their opponents, they use combinations of fall and roll techniques borrowed from LING LOM. The proximity of this weapon to the user‘s own body and the connection of the shields to the user‘s forearms gives shield fighters a high degree of freedom of movement and agility.
Contrary to what the name of this weapon suggests, the MAI SAWK (shield) is not exclusively a defensive weapon. Due to the relatively short range of the shields in combination with their enormous destructive power at close ranges, shield warriors actually tend to use an offensive fighting style. Skilled shield warriors can fend off attacks from all directions and counter with bone-crushing hits.
Since the MAI SAWK is a relatively uncommon weapon, encounters between two shield warriors are rather the exception than the rule. Instead, they fight mainly against other weapons and usually against several opponents at once. In doing so, they continuously work their way from opponent to opponent and level whatever crosses their path.
The use of shields requires a certain amount of daring and the willingness to take calculated risks. It also requires a high level of physical fitness.