Bando Paddy Bird

Dr. Maung Gyi - son of one of the men who developed Bando after World War II - introduced Bando to the U.S. in 1959, formed the American Bando Association (ABA), and founded its namesake style. ABA Bando is a powerful style meant for self-defense and combat situations. The ABA

Bando Animal Forms

Bando contains various animal forms, the exact number of which depends on the specific school. There are typically 12 in ABA Bando (boar, bull, cobra, deer, eagle, monkey, paddy bird, panther, python, scorpion, tiger, and viper) and 16 in Kachin Bando (barking deer, boar, bull, cobra, crocodile, eagle, monkey, paddy bird, panther, python, scorpion, sun bear, tiger, viper, white elephant, and white rhino). These forms aren't sub-styles! They describe the personality, tactics, and favored techniques of the fighter - not of Bando itself. They also differ from kung fu animal forms, which aim to replicate the animal's tactics.

The lineage holder and his immediate family train in all of Bando's techniques and skills. Outsiders, even trusted students, learn only the small subset of moves appropriate to their animal form. This makes them effective fighters .. . but they lack the gamut of skills necessary to defeat the lineage holder and his family. A student who wishes to learn the full style must persuade his master to part with a family secret - or to let him join the family.

The GM may wish to treat each animal form as a separate Style Familiarity - e.g., Style Familiarity (Kachin Bando, Bull Form) - and reserve the full version - e.g., Style Familiarity (Kachin Bando) - for the lineage holder and his family.

describes it as the "Jeep of martial arts": practical and reliable, but free of frills.

Stylists are known for their aggressiveness. Attacks are fast and continuous, aimed at overwhelming and defeating the foe. Rapid Strike and All-Out Attack (Double) are very common as the practitioner rains down blows on his adversary. He'll attack the legs in order to disable his opponent, and then switch his attention to the skull, face, and body to finish him. The goal is a rapid and decisive victory. The precise methodology depends on the fighter's animal form. Deer emphasizes flight and escape, snake focuses more on grapples and chokes, boar prefers a full-bore, head-on attack heedless of injury, and so on; see Bando Animal Forms (see above).

ABA Bando has a belt system like that of the Japanese martial arts, and students also wear the gi. Many techniques are adaptations from non-Burmese systems. This makes the system more eclectic and flexible but subjects it to claims that it's "watered down." Instruction in ABA Bando is available worldwide.

Skills: Judo; Karate; Savoir-Faire (Dojo).

Techniques: Aggressive Parry (Karate); Arm Lock; Counterattack (Karate); Elbow Strike; Hammer Fist; Head Butt; Head Lock; Knee Strike; Stamp Kick.

Cinematic Skills: Breaking Blow; Mental Strength; Power Blow.

Cinematic Techniques: Roll with Blow.

Perks: Iron Legs; Power Grappling; Special Exercises (Striker, Crushing with Limb, Shin); Style Adaptation (Any modern style).

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