Banshay is a weapon-based martial art of Burma. Both Indian and Chinese sources influenced the development of weapons systems. The sword, staff and spear are the major weapons. With the sword, the goal is to disarm the opponent. Sword fights are even conducted with the sword still sheathed, since only under extreme conditions will a Burmese swordsman unsheathe his or her sword.

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  • Ba Than (Gyi), Manual of the Bando discipline, National Bando Association, Burma, 1946-68
  • Maung Gyi, Bando, philosophy, principles et practice, IST edition, 2000
  • Maung Gyi, Burmese bando boxing, Ed. R.Maxwell, Baltimore, 1978
  • Don F.Draeger and Robert W.Smith, Comprehensive Asian Fighting arts, E. Kodansha, Tokyo, 1969
  • Zoran Rebac, Traditional Burmese boxing, Ed. Paladin Press, Boulder, 2003

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