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.