Pahuyuth has a unique, traditional belt system. But unlike other martial arts,ths does not imply a hierarchical structure. The belts in Pahuyuth only serve to identify the wearer’s current level of knowledge within his discipline.

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The Pahuyuth training clothes are not only used for customs – their timeless design offers various practical functions.

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The belts of Pahuyuth from yellow to blue.


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In earlier times, Pahuyuth students had to apply to a teacher, for example as temple novices (Dek Wat, church child). In the beginning, each of these students was only accepted for a trial in order to test his character and his ideas.

The old teachers gave the insight into the fighting knowledge, but no concrete fighting techniques to prevent a possible abuse.

Only in a later phase did the teacher decide whether and to what extent it was possible for him to impart the requested knowledge to the novice and to accept him as a full-fledged student.

Following the yellow Buddhist robes of the temple novices, Pahuyuth probatory students (Lugsidt Todlong) still wear a golden yellow belt today.

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Pahuyuth has always been the fighting method of the common people, the first victims of ruthless brutal violence and slavery, who have developed their fighting knowledge in many armed conflicts against mostly stronger opponents.

In times of war, ordinary citizens, peasants and fishermen used to be called into the army to defend the country and were dismissed after the end of the conflict without becoming regular soldiers.

In honor of these warriors, Pahuyuth base students wear an emerald green belt color to commemorate the forest and rural areas.

In the basic level Pahuyuth students learn the basic techniques of their own chosen fighting disciplines.

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The fighting knowledge of Pahuyuth is traditionally compared to a pure, white cloth, which only discolors through its use.

Pahuyuth intermediate level students wear white belts to point out the difference between knowledge and its use.

Intermediate level students refine their basic techniques and begin to develop their own fighting style, especially by passing on their knowledge to younger students.

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In earlier times, black belt wearers were considered executors and specially trained fighters (special forces).

In the philosophical essence, however, this colour means above all one’s own shadow from which the students of the higher level may emerge. They do this by developing their personal fighting style and by freeing themselvesphysically as well as mentally from the fighting methodology of Pahuyuth.

Advanced level students specialize in their techniques and gain self-knowledge by passing on and imparting their knowledge.

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The color blue is often equated with lordly authority and nobility. Behind this, however, is not so much the honouring of a supposedly higher person (in Pahuyuth all people are basically the same), but rather the indication to the wearer of such a belt to deal with his status and the resulting responsibility as a warrior and as a person in order to advance his personal self-discovery and knowledge.

Blue belts are accomplished fighters in their respective discipline, who therefore no longer have student status, but are not yet teachers.

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Red has always been the colour of the people and the blood. To honor all those who died for peace and freedom, Pahuyuth teachers wear a red belt.

A teacher in the understanding of Pahuyuth is never a “master” or “ruler” over his disciples, but always a simple but experienced warrior and person who shares his knowledge willingly and always with a recommending character.

The role of the teacher is similar to that of a ferryman who has already crossed a torrential river himself and is now helping others to cross it.

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The yellow-green belt is a special graduation for admitted pupils who have not yet reached the age of fourteen.

Yellow green belts have all the rights and duties of a green belt. Only a short yellow stripe at the end of their green belt indicates their special status. At the end of the fourteenth year of life, this is omitted.

Certificates and examination fees

The traditional examination system of Pahuyuth is based exclusively on knowledge and competence in the area of Pahuyuth an its disciplines. It has belts and exams. However, there are no certificates or examination fees, since these, in contrast to the actual fighting knowledge, have no fighting relevance.

Only the belt, which is always given free of charge by a Pahuyuth teacher, confirms the current level of knowledge and serves as an indicator for the minimum amount of knowledge one can expect from its wearer in everyday school life.

The existence of belts and belt steps, however, does not establish any kind of hierarchy, nor is it intended or suitable to serve as an insignia of rank or as a status symbol, since this would contradict the freedom and equality principles of the free warriors.

The background of this independent certification model is that in the understanding of Pahuyuth it is never about the mutual awarding of certificates or the establishment of a social or economic structure, but exclusively about the communication of potentially life-prolonging expertise. This is either demonstrably available and can be formally confirmed in a test or an exam or not.

A Pahuyuth warrior always carries his actual graduation within himself, because the knowledge has become a part of him. He also easily recognizes those who only pretend to have this knowledge, but do not possess it. A real Pahuyuth graduation can therefore never be obtained, bought or given, but only earned.

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