Since the MUAI is not a sport, there are no sports-related restrictions (e.g. competition rules, lap times, fairness, etc.). Fighting against several opponents is just as much a part of the repertoire as fighting without gloves and handwraps (Bare-Knuckle). For the clearer distinction between sports boxing (“Muay”, “Muay Veti”, “Muay Thai”, etc.) and the combat discipline associated with PAHUYUTH, “MUAI” is written with an “i”.
The fist and foot techniques belong to the distance weapons of MUAI. The fist techniques are used straight, curved or mixed punches. They often but not exclusively target the opponent’s head or torso. The foot techniques are distinguished according to their angle of impact into ascending, parallel and descending. They can be used against any part of the opponent’s body.
The elbow techniques are particularly suitable for defense against attacks and as a precise close-range weapon. They are executed in ascending, parallel, and descending direction. Knees are also used for attack and defense. The stability of knee techniques is based on the principles of counter-traction, counter-rotation and balance. The ability to apply these principles determines the effect. As a close-range weapon, knee variants are divided into rising, parallel and falling.
The combat style of the MUAI is based on the combination of the four bodily weapons in relation to ones respective body position as well as in the sequence of attack and defense techniques. The stability of the fighter is considered as basic condition in order to be able to perform the fighting techniques optimally.
The strategy and tactics of MUAI are similar to a hunting game of predator and prey. With increasing competence and ability, the fighter’s focus shifts from simple decision-making to complete control of the course of the fight. He himself determines the nature and timing of the victory. The tactical approach can be compared to a chess game against an experienced opponent, where the willingness to take risks, being cautious and prudence are necessary.