I had the chance to train at a Bando Summer Camp about 1983, because my original instructor was friends with Dr. Gyi, the founder of American Bando. From my instructors previous training and from training I received at that camp I practice and teach Bando's short stick form "The Hidden Stick" and Bando's staff form "The Horsemans Footsoliders Form".
The purpose of that camp was not to teach Bando forms, though I saw the elbow form there in another training group. But one of the instructors saw me practicing the version of their short stick form that had been shared with me and had his studnets spend several hours showing me their version.
As I roughly understand it Bando is actually a group of maybe 12 other systems (like Cobra and Boar). And their forms from the little I've seen are more Chinese influenced, but still unique in their own right.
I would characterize Bando as covering the entire range of technique from karate into Chinese systems and up to Burmese Kick Boxing. I know they're big on elbow and knee strikes.
But all I have are the glimpses I've seen and the two forms I practice.
For various reasons Bando became splintered as I understand it over the years.
That's about all I know.
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