Bando is an unarmed martial art with its origins in Myanmar. The sport prioritizes defensive maneuvers over offensive ones so that any training student or expert can protect themselves should the need arise. Training schools focus on stances in the early stages before advancing to blocking techniques. With the overall defensive approach, a practitioner of bando is taught to avoid aggression and apply their skills with care. Bando relies heavily on counter-maneuvers after first assessing the opponent’s strengths and disabling the weapon. Offensive maneuvers are based on the movements of animals. Some of these include attacking the upper vital points like a cobra, charging strikes like a bull, pinching and seizing nerves centres like a scorpion, and agile movements like a monkey.
Today the International Thaing Bando Association manages the sport with the task of increasing participation around the world.