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The American Bando Association is a non-profit organization honoring American veterans and preserving the military combative systems of Burma.
The American Bando Association is a non-profit organization honoring American veterans and preserving the military combative systems of Burma. BANDO (pronounced Bun Dho) is one of the ancient martial art systems of Burma. The evolution of Bando, into what is practiced in the U.S. and Europe today, can be broken into three key periods. First, earliest accounts of the Burmese martial arts have dated back to around the time of Jesus Christ. Second, around 300 A.D. the first traditions of Bando became more readily recognized. And third, the exposition of what could be recognized as "modern" Bando came about around 1,500 A.D. The term Bando derives from an ancient Pali term meaning 'self-discipline'. Bando has also been interpreted to mean 'self-development', self-improvement', and 'self-realization'. The Bando discipline, as practiced in the United States under the guidance and direction of Grandmaster Dr. U Maung Gyi, and the American Bando Association, is a synthesis of a number of older Burmese combat systems. The term "Thaing" was used to describe a self-defense system practiced for hundreds of years before the British occupation of Burma in 1885. There were at least nine major systems equated to the basic groups who studied the art, with each group interpreting the art differently. Thaing (Bando) refers to a number of smaller systems comprising the whole. Of these systems are two groups; armed and unarmed. Swords, knives and sticks are included in the armed group while hard-style kickboxing, middle-style fighting, and Bando's nine animal systems are included in the unarmed group. The Bando system was devised by military men for the purpose of conditioning and training soldiers for combat. Today, under the guidance of Dr. Maung Gyi, and the ABA, the Bando systems pays tribute to its military history by honoring American war veterans.
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