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Sports in Burma. Banshay. Banshay (Burmese: ဗန်ရှည်, pronounced: [bàɴʃè]) is a weapon-based martial art from Myanmar focusing primarily on the sword, staff and spear.


Influenced by both Indian and Chinese sources, it is closely related to similar Southeast Asian systems such as Thai krabi krabong, Cambodian kbach kun boran and Malay silat. There are 37 sword forms. Sword training is conducted with the weapon still sheathed. Traditionally when a master first presents the student with a sword, the scabbard would be fixed on so that the trainee is discouraged from killing opponents. Under extreme conditions when the sword must be unsheathed, the scabbard may be broken with a rock or other object. Pongyi thaing. Pongyi thaing (Burmese: ဘုန်းကြီးသိုင်း [pʰóʊɴdʑí θáɪɴ]) is a Burmese martial art created by the monk Oopali in the 9th century.

Pongyi thaing

Based on the Hindu-Buddhist principle of non-violence and non-aggression, its objective is not to cause maximum harm but simply to defend oneself. The word pongyi means monk and thaing is an umbrella term for Burmese martial arts. Pongyi thaing is an integrated system of developing the body, mind and spirit to achieve harmony with oneself, with others and with nature. Style are generally determined by the level of emotional control during confrontation. Levels of emotional discipline determine the nature of action and reaction. Bando. Bando (Burmese: ဗန်တို, pronounced: [bàɴdò]) is a defensive unarmed martial art from Myanmar.


Bando is sometimes mistakenly used as a generic word for all Burmese martial arts but it is actually just one system, while Burmese fighting systems collectively are referred to as thaing. Training[edit] As with most Asian martial arts, all bando schools start off by teaching the basic stances and footwork. This preliminary stage of training traditionally lasts for several months, although many instructors today avoid doing so.

In the second stage of training, a series of blocking and parrying techniques is taught. Techniques[edit] Bando emphasises defense as the best offense by leaving the initiative to the opponent and relying heavily on counter-maneuvers. Offensive forms in bando are based on the movements of animals, probably through the influence of animal styles from India and China. Lethwei. Let Whay (Lethwei) (Burmese: လက်ဝှေ့, pronounced: [leʔ w̥ḛ]) is an unarmed Burmese martial art.


It is similar to related styles of Indochinese kickboxing, namely Muay Thai from Thailand, Pradal Serey from Cambodia, Muay Lao from Laos and Tomoi from Malaysia. History[edit] In ancient times, matches were held for entertainment and were popular with every strata of society. Participation was opened to any male, whether king or commoner. At that time, matches took place in sandpits instead of rings. Kyar Ba Nyein, who participated in boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics, pioneered modern lethwei by setting in place modern rules and regulations.[1] He travelled around Myanmar, especially the Mon and Karen states where a lot of villagers were still actively practicing lethwei.

The Myanmar government has made some organisational changes to make Burmese boxing more marketable internationally. Chinlone. Men playing chinlone in Burma Chinlone (Burmese: ခြင်းလုံး; MLCTS: hkrang: lum:, IPA: [tɕʰɪ́ɴlóʊɴ], also known as caneball) is the traditional sport of Burma (Myanmar).


Chinlone is a combination of sport and dance, a team sport with no opposing team. In essence chinlone is non-competitive. The focus is not on winning or losing, but how beautifully one plays the game. It is also similar to Keepie uppie. Possibly the first photograph of men playing chinlone taken around 1899 Chinlone means “basket-rounded or rounded basket ” in Burmese. Chinlone is over 1,500 years old and was once played for Burma royalty.

Burma is a predominantly Buddhist country, and chinlone games are a featured part of the many Buddhist festivals that take place during the year. Both men and women play chinlone, often on the same team. In addition to the team style of chinlone, which is called “wein chin” or circle kick, there is also a solo performance style called "tapandaing". 2013 Southeast Asian Games. The 27th Southeast Asian Games took place in Naypyidaw, the new capital of Myanmar,[1] as well as in other main cities, Yangon, Mandalay[2] and Ngwesaung Beach.[3] The Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council met in Jakarta on 31 May 2010 unanimously agreed to award the Myanmar Olympic Committee the right to host the 27th edition of the games.[4] Official website of the Olympic Council of Asia also approved the fact that Myanmar would host the 27th Southeast Asian Games in its news launched on 7 June 2010.[5] ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)'s official website also announced that Myanmar would host the games.[6] Myanmar had already hosted the Games in 1961 and 1969 respectively in Yangon, the then capital of Myanmar.

2013 Southeast Asian Games

For the third time, Myanmar hosted the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore withdrew its hosting rights due to expected delays in the completion of its new national stadium.[7][8] Host[edit] Marketing[edit] Logo[edit] Mascots[edit] Shwe Yoe & Ma Moe, the official mascot Yangon. 2013 Southeast Asian games.