For the duration of the Pandemic, Piedmont Bando of Northern Virginia will be offering on-line classes only, focusing on Bando drills and refining Bando techniques. See calendar for current class times. For more information, contact Debby Kirkman (see contact page).
We intend to offer weekly studio classes in Warrenton once the health risks from the coronavirus are manageable and no longer are a serious hazard for our community.
Bando (pronounced Bahn-Doh) is a martial art originating from Myanmar (aka Burma). This class offers rigorous training in self-defense including effective office and defenses against attackers from any direction. A special emphasis is placed on body dynamics and structure, enabling students to achieve maximum results with minimum effort. All skill levels are welcome; classes integrate beginner and advanced students while providing individualized instruction. Classic weapon systems in stick-fighting systems and edged weapons are also taught in extra workshops open to regular students. The class is taught by Sayamaji Deborah Kirkman and Saya James Sheeran under the guidance of Grand Master Joe Manley. The class is open to teens and adults of all skill levels.