Bando Thaing

Bando is a fighting art from Burma. (According to some scholars, the proper name of the art, strictly speaking, is Thaing; Bando is the unarmed branch of the art and Banshay the armed branch.) The word "bando" is generally interpreted to mean "art of combat" or "systems of defense." Bando is thought to have developed under various influences, including Thai, Chinese, Tibetan and Indian; each Burmese ethnic subgroup has its own form of the art. The British banned the art in 1885, but it continued to be taught in secret; after World War II Bando was organized and taught more openly than in the past.

Bando includes both armed and unarmed maneuvers. It is a fairly brutal style, similar in many ways to Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing). It stresses a withdrawal at first, then attacks to the body from outside the opponent's reach; a grab may follow these strikes. The head, shoulder and hips are used in addition to the hands/fists, feet, elbows and knees. There are twelve primary offensive forms or strategies, each named after an animal: Boar (rushes, knee and elbow strikes, headbutts and other close-contact techniques); Bull (charges, tackles, power strikes); Cobra (attacking upper-body vital points); Deer (alertness); Eagle (double-handed blocks and strikes); Monkey (agility); Paddy Bird (rapid movement); Panther (leaping, tearing); Python (gripping, strangling); Scorpion

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(nerve-point attacks); Tiger (clawing) and Viper (attacking lower-body vital points).

Another Burmese fighting art, Lethwei, is considered even "harder" than Bando. It is often referred to as a form of "boxing," but it is much more similar to Thai Kick-Boxing than Western boxing. Characters who want to practice Lethwei can use the Thai Kick-Boxing package, described below.

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