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Pongyi thaing (Burmese: ဘုန်းကြီးသိုင်း [pʰóʊɴdʑí θáɪɴ]) is a Burmese martial art created by the monk Oopali in the 9th century. Based on the Hindu-Buddhist principle of non-violence and non-aggression, its objective is not to cause maximum harm but simply to defend oneself. The word pongyi means monk and thaing is an umbrella term for Burmese martial arts.

Pongyi Thaing
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FocusSelf-defense
Country of origin Myanmar
CreatorOopali
Olympic sportNo
MeaningMonk martial art
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Pongyi thaing is an integrated system of developing the body, mind and spirit to achieve harmony with oneself, with others and with nature. Style are generally determined by the level of emotional control during confrontation. Levels of emotional discipline determine the nature of action and reaction.

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