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Bando

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United World Muay Thai Association was formed in 1993 by Vut kamnark
who saw the need for a better governing body over Muay Thai fighting regulations
in Thailand and the United States. The United World Muay Thai Association
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Bando
Lesson One

Bando

Martial Arts Discipline

What Is The Martial Art of Bando?


Bando (pronounced Bawn-do) is a multifaceted system of martial arts. It traces its roots to Burma, China, and India. While some schools emphasize education in only one aspect of Bando, it encompasses many defensive and offensive disciplines. The term Bando is mistakenly used for all Burmese martial arts in place of the concept of Thiang or Bama Thiang for ease of pronunciation.

There are many interpretations of the word Bando. Various linguistics groups define the word differently, using it to describe several different styles of martial arts. Generally speaking, Bando means "The Way of the Disciplined Warrior" or "The Art of Empty Hand Combat".

Even though Bando systems incorporate many Karate-like techniques of striking, kicking, and butting, it is not Karate. For example, the Free Hand Weapon of the Bando discipline includes many aspects such as throws, flips, trips, chokes, grapples, and holds. Additionally, there are the aspects of the other Weapon Hands of the Bando Discipline, traditionally called Banshay. These include stick fighting, sword fighting, knife fighting, spear fighting, and combat archery. 



The origins of Bando are not very different from those of other martial arts. The country of Burma (Myanmar) sits between China, India, Thailand, and Tibet, making it a significant trade hub. As a result of both trade and warfare, other regional styles and disciplines influenced the traditional Burmese combative arts. However, the British conquest of Burma in the 19th century caused the arts to be forced underground. Throughout the occupation, the British outlawed the practice of combative arts, so they could not be practiced publicly. Before the British occupation, the sport of Burmese Boxing was referred to as the "sport of kings".

As a result of the British occupation, Burmese martial arts lacked organization or a structured educational system for many years. In 1946, just after WWII, a brilliant scholar and martial artist named U Ba Than Gyi became the director of the Burmese national program for physical education and athletics. He then traveled the country, seeking out many masters of various disciplines under the auspices of the government program, and attempted to unite and modernize these disciplines.

Thanks to his extensive efforts, Bando experienced a resurgence. In 1959, the discipline found its way to the west. Grandmaster U Ba Than Gyi's son, Dr. Muang Gyi, began teaching Bando in Washington, D.C., and he eventually formed the American Bando Association (ABA). Today, the ABA acts as a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring veterans, promoting cross-cultural exchange, and continuing the centuries-old legacy of Bama Thiang. 

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