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Thaing

Thaing is a generic name for Burmese/Myanmar Martial Arts.

Thaing comprises of

  • Bando (unarmed combat Thaing)
  • Banshay (armed combat Thaing).

There are various schools of Thaing.

One famous school was started by Saya U Pyi Thein. He is familiar with the other martial arts. He translated/adapted a book on selected martial arts around the world. An unconventional one is called “Naga Ngway Thaing” where the practitioner “emits” a “horrible” smell that can knock out people.

U Chit Than succeeded U Pyi Thein as head of their Thaing movement.

Some Thaing sayas are experts in other disciplines.

U Po Kyaw Myint was a University Lecturer in Burmese. His pen name is Myan Sar Gon Kyaw Myint.

U Mya Thein is a lawyer. He also starred in the movie “Thadin Kyut Tat Myee” along side Jolly Swe.

U San Maung taught Academy Nyunt Win for “Bando Lugalay Hnit Thuzar”. He also performed stunt in several movies.

U Min Din was a high school Luyechun. He volunteered for the Thaing demos at YTU and other schools.

Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt (M60) served as President of the RIT Thaing Association. Dr. Tun Aung Gyaw (EC69) served as Joint Secretary.

There is also a school called “Thaing Byaung Byan” (literally meaning “Reverse Thaing”).

Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS63) wrote :

Had a chance to treat “Thaing Byaung Byan” U Maung Lay in Wards 19&20, Yangon Hospital, in the 1970s. Can’t recall his illness. His school of martial arts handle and weapons (e.g., sticks, spears, etc.) in an eccentric manner (i.e., not in a balanced manner, holding one side longer than the other), and by so doing, confuses the usual martial arts fighters.

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