Maung Gyi

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Maung Gyi
Master Maung Gyi.jpg
young Maung Gyi
Born1936 (age 85–86)
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][2][3] He is the chief instructor for the American Bando Association.[4][5]


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.

In the early 1960s, Maung Gyi formally began teaching Burmese Bando at American University in Washington D.C.[6] He coached the American Eagles men's soccer team in 1965.[7]

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 a scholar of international law, psycholinguistics, and communications. 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.[8]

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  1. ^ Embassy of the Union of Myanmar: Burmese Bando in America. Archived 2010-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "ကမ္ဘာကသိအောင်ချပြနိုင်ခဲ့တဲ့ မြန်မာ့သိုင်းဆရာကြီး ဒေါက်တာမောင်ကြီး (Dr. Maung Gyi, the master of Burmese martial arts who was able to show it to the world)". Myanmarload (in Burmese). September 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on May 21, 1998 · Page 157".
  4. ^ Inc, Active Interest Media (January 1975). Black Belt. Active Interest Media, Inc.
  5. ^ "The Oshkosh Northwestern from Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 17, 1994 · Page 29".
  6. ^ ""This Man's Art...That Man's Scope" Bando Students in Harmony".
  7. ^ "Maung Gyi Named New Soccer Coach; Md. Gets Esposito".
  8. ^ "Burmese Bando Fighting Reduced To Its Functional Essence!". Secrets of the Masters. No. December 1995.
  • Bando, philosophy, principles et practice, Maung Gyi, IST edition, 2000
  • Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts, D.F.Draeger, R.W.Smith, Kodansha, 1969