Focused on the bando system, this article explores ancient Burmese fighting traditions and their evolution to modern-day martial arts practices. Bando is a seamless amalgam of striking methods, grappling techniques, weapons approaches, and healing strategies from the Southeast Asian country currently known as Myanmar. This comprehensive self-defense system is reviewed and analyzed based on documented viewpoints of prominent masters and practitioners. The philosophy and principles that undergird the bando system are discussed as well. Through organized efforts, many practices of the unique bando system are being preserved by Western martial artists, particularly in the US.
SOURCE: eJournal: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 23 (2014): 23 pages.