MAI SAWK – Traditional Shield Fighting

MAI SAWK (also known as “Mai Sawk” or “Grarock”) is traditional armed combat with special forearm shields that can be used for attack or defense.

The MAI SAWK was originally a practical arm extension with which fishermen could draw boats or farmers move larger straw bales. Ingenious Pahuyuth Free-Warrior scame up with the idea of converting this everyday tool into a powerful melee shield.

Loosely worn on the forearms, the MAI SAWK provides solid protection against blunt weapons and sword blades, while the extra weight and metal bolts at the front multiply the impact force. It is said that the ancient shield warriors were able to cut swaths into battlefields and leave a trail of devastation.

Pahuyuth Shield Warriors are extreme close-range fighters who fear neither weapons nor ground combat. They usually have excellent defensive skills and precise fist and elbow techniques that they can use with or without weapons.

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Typology of MAI SAWK

Pahuyuth Shield warriors are extreme close-range fighters who fear neither weapons nor ground combat. They have excellent defensive skills and very precise fist and elbow techniques that they can use with or without weapons.

Loosely worn on the forearms, the MAI SAWK offers solid protection against blunt weapons and sword blades. The additional weight and the metal bolts at the front multiply the impact force. The shields can be worn directly on the forearm thanks to rope loops. One can also shoot them forward to spontaneously increase the impact range or to use them like a stick or a trench leg. The two vertically mounted bolts can also be used to catch enemy weapons and body parts or 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 lower stance in order to better fend off ground-level attacks with the shields. To avoid attacks from above, bridge distances and confuse their enemies, they often use combinations of fall and roll techniques borrowed from LING LOM. The proximity of this weapon to the own body and the connection of the shields with the forearms of the user gives shield warriors a high degree of freedom of movement and agility.

Contrary to what the name of this weapon suggests, the MAI SAWK (shield) is not a pure defensive weapon. Due to the relatively short range of the shields in combination with their enormous destructive power at close ranges, shield warriors are actually more inclined to an offensive fighting style. Skilled Shield Warriors can fend off attacks from all directions and counter with bone-crushing blows.

Since the MAI SAWK is a not very common type of weapon, encounters between two shield fighters are rather the exception than the rule. Instead, they usually fight against other types of weapons and mostly against multiple enemies at once. While doing so they work their way from opponent to opponent continuously and smash whatever crosses their path.

The use of shields always requires a certain degree of daring and willingness to take calculated risks. Carrying shields requires a high level of physical fitness and performance.

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Shield Fighting Techniques

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MAI SAWK Students of the basic level (green belt) learn 150 school techniques.

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The Pahuyuth Compendium contains the 150 school techniques of MAI SAWK.

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The Pahuyuth Compendium is the new technical handbook for the basic level.

It contains the basic techniques of MUAI, LING LOM, MEED, MAI SAWK, DAAB, GRABONG and SABAI.

Differences to Tonfa

“Tonfa” is a baton with a characteristic cross-handle and a wide range of areas of operation for the police and military.

The Tonfa is used in martial arts and in various martial arts, such as kobudo, ju-jutsu and self-defense. The perpendicular to the tonfa attached cross handle serves, among other things, to hurl the tonfa out of the forearm position in a circular motion.

The MAI SAWK is again a forearm shield, which is fixed with a rope on the forearm, so that a lateral slinging is not possible. In contrast to the Tonfa, the MAI SAWK also has two bolts, one of which serves as a handle and the other serves to protect the hands and fingers.

The MAI SAWK used by members of the Pahuyuth School exclusively for the purpose of maintaining and preserving traditional martial arts and culture (customs care).

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Shield Training in Berlin

Are you interested in shield fighting and would like to start your MAI SAWK training at the Pahuyuth School in Berlin?

Pahuyuth has a traditional training concept with belt levels. The aim of our teaching methodology is to enable a sound and safe martial arts training in the physical as well as in the psychological sense. At the same time, it is intended to prevent dangerous knowledge from falling into the wrong hands and thus causing damage.

The entry requirement for the MAI SAWK discipline is the Pahuyuth student status (green belt), which requires passing the entrance examination.

Admission to the entrance examination again requires participation in the trial student course.

Interested? Then visit our trial training page!

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