August 19, 2016

Martial arts training offers traditional self-defence techniques of Bando

A bando refresher course for local trainers. Photo: Pho Chan (Monywa)
A bando refresher course for local trainers. Photo: Pho Chan (Monywa)

A MARTIAL arts refresher course for local trainers is being conducted in Monywa Township of Sagaing Region as of 3 March with the objective of promoting the role of Myanmar’s traditional martial arts and enhancing fighting skills.
In cooperation with the Sagaing Region Sports and Physical Education Department, a local non government Myanmar Martial Arts Federation (Central) organised the ToT training at the region’s sports ground.
Altogether 20 trainees from Sagaing, Monywa and Yinmabin districts are attending the 10-day course with five trainers from the MMAF. “The ToT course mainly offers Bando (free hands system), one of traditional self-defence techniques,” said U Tayza Aye, vice chairman of Sagaing Region Myanmar Martial Arts Sub-committee. “The course also focuses on enforcing the rules and regulations of such a type of self-defence in local sports competitions.” Bando, Banshay (Arts of the sword, staff and spear), Lethwei (Myanmar Boxing) and Naban (Myanmar wrestling) are famous among other traditional martial arts in the country.


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