Maung Gyi

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Maung Gyi
Master Maung Gyi.jpg
young Maung Gyi
Born1936 (age 84–85)
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
SpousePatricia Gyi
ChildrenSerena Gyi and Melinda White
Maung Gyi, 1990s

Maung Gyi (Burmese: မောင်ကြီး) is a Burmese martial artist that introduced Bando into the United States.[1]


Maung Gyi was born in 1936. He father was Ba Than (Gyi). He was the Director of Physical Education and Sports in the Ministry of Education in Burma. He always encouraged his son to maintain good health, participate in both individual and team sports, and practice different martial arts systems.

In the early 1960s, Maung Gyi formally began teaching Burmese Bando at American University in Washington D.C.[2] He coached the American Eagles men's soccer team in 1965.[3]

In 1966, Maung Gyi established the American Bando Association (ABA) in Athens, Ohio. In recent years, Maung Gyi has worked to promote modern Burmese Bando and to be accepted into the expanding community of Asian martial arts in the United States.

Maung Gyi is an accomplished martial artist, as well as a scholar of international law, psycholinguistics, and communications. He is a self-confessed Christian, and often incorporates biblical content into his instructional curriculum. Dr. Gyi was a professor at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While at Ohio University, he taught Cross Cultural Communications, was interim Soccer Coach and served as boxing coach for the OU Boxing Club.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Embassy of the Union of Myanmar: Burmese Bando in America. Archived 2010-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ ""This Man's Art...That Man's Scope" Bando Students in Harmony".
  3. ^ "Maung Gyi Named New Soccer Coach; Md. Gets Esposito".
  • Bando, philosophy, principles et practice, Maung Gyi, IST edition, 2000
  • Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts, D.F.Draeger, R.W.Smith, Kodansha, 1969