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Self-Defense at the Pahuyuth School Berlin

While Pahuyuth was designed for survival in lawless spaces, today we enjoy the benefits of a rule of law in which powers to protect citizens are regulated and limited by law:

The protection of the individual is the responsibility of the state.

In other words, the protection of rights against infringement is, in principle, the task of the State. Aside from that self-protection may be permitted by interference with foreign rights if the protection of the State cannot be obtained in time or not at all. Especially if self-protection is particularly permitted by law.

As mediators of a traditional martial art and guardians of traditional traditions, culture and customs, we see ourselves in the responsibility to help our students to a healthy and righteous approach to their fighting knowledge.

Therefore, we do not see self-defense within the framework of the law as an independent Pahuyuth discipline, but as a multidisciplinary competence and valuable basic attitude, which we convey to all our students. Here we give particular importance to strict legal conformity and interpretation, which we consider to be an indispensable basis for a truly realistic self-defense.

StGB section 32 – Self-defense

(1) Whoever commits an act required by self-defense does not act unlawfully.

(2) Self-defense is the defense required to avert a current unlawful attack from oneself or another.

Excerpt from the Criminal Code of the Federal Republic of Germany – when it comes to the topic of “self-defense”, current laws have the highest priority at the Pahuyuth School in Berlin.

What we mean by “realistic self-defense”:

The terms “realistic self-defense” or “effective self-defense” are often used to promote self-defense courses and seminars, which teach techniques aimed at harming the alleged attacker as severely as possible through massive counterattacks.

The reality however, is that such behaviour is almost always illegal and all too often ends in (legitimate) counterclaims, investigations and criminal proceedings against the original victim – this reality is often concealed in favour of marketing, but can have very far-reaching and extremely real consequences for inexperienced users.

It is relatively easy for an experienced martial artists to respond appropriately to attacks of all kinds and to send one or more enemies into their demise – but fighting is not self-defense! That is why we have established three basic rules for a truly realistic and sustainable self-defense.

Warrior in the Law – Three rules for a successful self-defense:

  1. Self-defense only begins when you can no longer avoid an illegal attack.
  2. Self-defense ends exactly when the unlawful attack has been averted.
  3. Always behave as the laws of the country in which you are located demand from you!

Remember: vigilante justice is not self-defense, but a criminal offence!

Principle: The protection of rights against infringement is in principle the task of the State. Aside from that self-protection may be permitted by interference with foreign rights if the protection of the State cannot be obtained in time or at all. Especially if self-protection is particularly permitted by law.

(to be examined in case of illegality)

I. Emergency situation

1. Attack on legal property

an attack is any violation of legally protected individual goods or interests by a human act.

2. Presence

An attack is present when it is imminent, is taking place or is still ongoing. (No permanent danger!!)

3. Unlawfulness

The attack is unlawful if the attacker is not justified or the victim is not obliged to tolerate it.

II. Act of Self-Defense

1. Necessity

A defensive action is required which, in the most gentle way with the mildest means available, can effectively and definitively fend off the attack, whereby the attacked person does not have to engage in the risk of insufficient defensive action.

a) Appropriateness

It is sufficient that the act of defense at least complicates the attack in its concrete form.

b) Mildest means

Among several equally effective options, the one that causes the least damage must be chosen.

2. Restrictions

a) Exceptionally, the right of self-defense is subject to restrictions.

This is the case if:

  • in the case of innocent attackers or a personal relationship with the attacker
  • Negligent provocation of the attack

Then the “three-stage model” applies:

  1. First dodge / ask for help from third parties. If this is not possible
  2. Proportionate protection defense. If this is not possible
  3. Proportionate defense.
b) Exceptionally, the right of self-defense is not given.

This is the case with:

  • a glaring mismatch between the consequences of the defense and the threat of injury to the attack
  • Minor attacks (only proportional defense is allowed)
  • Intentional provocation

An intentional provocation is committed by a person who, in the sense of the dolus directus 1st degree, challenges an attack by illegal conduct in order to be able to injure the opponent under the guise of the externally given objective emergency situation. (A textbook case from criminal law is the self-defense provocation case)

III. Subjective element of justification

Will to defend
The perpetrator must counter the attack with the will to defend himself, i.e. have the intention to fend off or at least mitigate the attack in the sense of a purposeful intention.

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SELF-DEFENSE in the context of Pahuyuth

Pahuyuth is a so-called combat knowledge or a close-combat method. It dates back to a time when there was no rule of law and no Geneva Convention and has been used for centuries in war and crisis areas of Southeast Asia.

The teaching content of our martial arts training therefore goes far beyond what is in most cases legally permissible and covers the full spectrum of close combat. This allows our students to respond flexibly to threats while remaining in compliance with the law through moderate reduction.

For example, if you learn MUAI, you will have few problems with averting a current, allegedly unlawful attack with fists, feet, knees or elbows from yourself or someone else. The same applies accordingly to self-defense against weapons (e.B. knives).

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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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LING LOM is unarmed Pahuyuth using all capabilities and conditions of the human body.

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MEED (knife) is armed combat with hand-long objects and knives.

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MAI SAWK (Shield) is armed combat with forearm-long objects and shields.

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DAB (sword) is armed combat with arm-length items as improvised weapons and (Thai) swords.

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GRABONG (Stock) is armed combat with body-long objects and quarterstaves.

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SABAI (cloth) is armed combat with flexible objects and scarfs.

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Here we collect questions and answers about self-defense, self-protection and more. 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].

Combat sports is defined by a consensual, athletic measurement of two or more opponents under the same conditions and rules from which the technique portfolio conveyed in the respective martial art is derived.

However, self-defense situations never arise amicably, nor are there usually factors such as sporting fairness or even equal conditions. Even the active fight against an opponent does not fall into the scope of legally permissible self-defense in most cases.

For these reasons, combat sports of all kinds can only be suitable for self-defense purposes to a very limited extent, but technical elements from them can be used for self-protection.


Are you interested in topics such as self-defense, self-protection, self-defense, or physical conflicts in general?

You are already familiar with one or more of the above-mentioned self-defense types and are looking for a way to further your education?

You are an absolute beginner and want to learn to protect yourself?

You want to learn self-defense, but don’t know where to start yet?

No problem! With the following steps, you can now immediately start your training and lay the foundation for your close-combat and thus also your self-defense 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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  • Step 2: Your first techniques

    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.

    ➔ To the instructional video from 1984

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  • Step 3: Start becoming a "no one"

    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.

  • Step 4 (optional): Register

    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.

    Pro Tip: If you have any questions about the steps above, please email us at [email protected]

Trial training in Berlin

Here you will find further information about our live training in Berlin-Neukölln.

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