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MAI SAWK – Traditional Shield Fighting in Berlin

MAI SAWK (also known as “Mai Sook”, “Mai Sannt” 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.

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.

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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

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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The Pahuyuth teacher figure with forearm shields (Mai Sawk / Mai Sannt).

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The use of shields always requires a certain degree of daring and willingness to take calculated risks.

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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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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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MAI SAWK in the context of PAHUYUTH

MAI SAWK warriors learn to use their fists and elbows with precision. This refers to both defense and attack techniques. The value of this discipline lies especially in the possibility to transfer these reaction patterns to other PAHUYUTH disciplines.

MUAI warriors benefit, among other things, from the strengthening of shoulder tendons and joints, which leads to an improvement in punching power and defensive capabilities. For LING LOM warriors, the additional fitness and development of basic fighting techniques in standing and on the ground can be of particular interest.

Other types of PAHUYUTH weapons such as MEED, DAAB and GRABONG can also be used like shields. This can lead to new variants in the other disciplines and to an expansion of the technical repertoire. SABAI warriors can strengthen their offensive fighting skills with fist and elbow techniques by studying the MAI SAWK.

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PAHUYUTH includes seven different martial arts disciplines that can be learned individually and combined seamlessly. Learn more about the other Pahuyuth disciplines on our topic pages.

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MAI SAWK FAQ

Here we collect questions and answers about the topics MAI SAKW and Shield Fighting. This section is under construction. If you have a specific question that has not yet been answered here, please send us an e-mail to [email protected].

Yes, this is possible and is also trained in this way with us. In practice, it can always happen that you only have a forearm-length object (e.g. a chair leg or a flashlight) or just a “shield” plus an arm-length weapon at hand. Accordingly, one is well advised to practice this as well.

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  • Are you interested in topics such as MAI SAWK, Thai martial arts, Krabi Krabong, Tonfas or shield fighting in general?
  • You are already familiar with one or more of the above-mentioned fighting styles and search for a way to further your education?
  • You are an absolute beginner and want to learn to defend yourself with forearm-length objects?

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No problem! With the following steps you can now start your training immediately and lay the foundation for your shield combat training – free of charge, without obligation and anonymously. Just train when and where you want, without registration, without devices and as long and as often as you want. Just start!

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  • Step 1: Your first workout

    The 30 Exercises are our standard fitness training for beginners. Everyone has to get through this. We share this approximately one-hour workout for free on our website.

    We recommend that you take a look at the exercises and try to do them in order to get a first impression.

    Important: In order to start training with us it is not necessary to be able to perfom the 30 exercises perfectly in advance.

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    You can also learn your first fifteen fighting techniques for beginners completely free of charge and even contact-free from home.

    Just watch our instructional video from 1984 and practice the techniques shown. For this you need neither previous knowledge nor a special talent. Just give it a try.

    Important: In order to start training with us, it is not necessary to be able to perform these techniques perfectly in advance.

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    Pahuyuth is a method of close combat that was developed and used by paramilitary special forces, mercenaries and commando units (aka “No one”).

    Following the ancient traditions, we place a certain value to data protection and privacy and maintain a so-called “tradition of discretion” as part of our training. This means that we do not use real names during our training, but so-called Warrior-Names.

    Your brain teaser task: Start becoming a “no one” by giving yourself a pseudonym or at least thinking about who or what you would like to be for yourself or others.

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    If steps one to three sparked your interest and you want more of this, then register with your self-chosen warrior-name either at our trial training in Berlin (up to 3x free of charge) or for our worldwide online training (in German and English). Details on the respective training formats can be found on the topic pages linked below.

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