MAI SAWK – Traditional Shield Fighting

MAI SAWK (also „Mai Sannt“ or „Grarock“) is a traditional weapon-based martial art, that uses forearm shields for attack and defense.

The MAI SAWK used to be a practical arm extension, used by fishermen to pull boats towards them or by farmers to move bigger straw bales. Some clever Pahuyuth free warriors came up with the idea to turn this every day tool into a mighty shield for close-combat.

Loosely attached to the forearms it provides solid protection against bladed and blunt weapons at extremely close ranges and delivers devastating blows due to its additional weight and the metal bolts attached to the front. It is said that ancient shield-fighters were able to cut a swath through battlefields, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Pahuyuth shield-warriors are extreme close-combat fighters, who fear neither weapons nor ground-fighting. They usually have excellent defense skills and precise boxing and elbow-techniques, they can use with or without their shields.


A shield is like a second, dried skin ..

Differences to Tonfa

A “Tonfa” is a baton with a characteristic cross handle and a wide range of applications for the police and military.

Tonfas are used in various martial arts, such as Kobudo, Ju-Jutsu and in self-defense. The vertical cross handle on the tonfa is used to eject the tonfa from the forearm position in a circular movement.

The Mai Sawk on the other hand is a forearm shield, which is fixed with a rope to the forearm, so that a lateral ejection 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 as protection for the hands and fingers.

The Mai Sawk is used by members of the Pahuyuth school exclusively for purposes of the care and the preservation of traditional martial arts and culture (customs care).

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

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

…worn over one’s own.