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« on: October 03, 2009, 09:33:12 pm »
Originally, there were nine main forms of Thaing corresponding to each of Burma's major ethnic groups, namely the Burmese, Chinese, Indian, Chin, Kachin, Karen, Mon, Shan and Talaing. Today, Thaing includes both unarmed arts, of which Bando is the most widely known, as well as arts of the sword, staff, and spear, 'Banshay. Other unarmed arts include Naban or Burmese wrestling and Lethwei or Burmese boxing, closely related to other boxing styles found in Southeast Asia.

Naban is a term for the various grappling martial arts of Burma. Techniques include joint locks, strikes to pressure points, and choke holds. Any part of the opponent's body is a legal target.

Naban is a cousin of similar wrestling arts found in places like Cambodia and Tibet[citation needed]. It was originally based on old Indian styles of wrestling like Malla-yuddha. It became popular in rural areas where it was often performed at festivals alongside Lethwei (Burmese boxing). Today, Naban's practice is kept up mostly by the tribes of Burma. The Chin, Kachin and Karen have a reputation for their skilled wrestlers.
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