ABOUT BURMESE BOXING
This hard, offensive style of martial arts is
the opposite of the Burmese style of self-defense called Bando.
It is also known as Lethwei. Burmese boxing is similar to Thai
boxing. Most Burmese boxers are farmers. The Shan dance, called
the fight dance, which is still seen today, is really a method
of training for actual combat. Burmese boxers train alone or
with a partner, but there is no equipment like heavy bags. Practitioners
are divided into four groups: youth, novice, intermediate and
but there are no weight classifications. Promotion from one category
to the next occurs as a result of contest wins. A contest consists
of four untimed rounds. A blow that delivers a visible shock
or an effective grappling technique will end a round, except for
last round, which goes on until one participant is bloodied,
gives up, or is knocked out. Blood must result from a head wound,
most attacks are aimed high.