Banshay- The training for armed conflict either empty hand against weapon or weapon against weapon. Weapons fall all into four basic categories
bladed, blunt impact, flexible and projectile. At AFS we believe first one must train empty handed then the progression is weapon against weapon and last weapon against empty hand. Weapons increase the danger and decrease the margin of error in conflict. If you can't fight in an unarmed encounter then the introduction of weapons is pointless.
First one learns to deal with modern weapons such as knives ,guns , batons such as the Asp, pepper spray and improvised weapons such as bottles , car antennas and other readily available objects. As the goal of any system should be the preservation of the practitioners life and it is far more important that the system adapts to the times and applies it's concepts to modern weaponry then insisting on weapons whose practice is more esoteric due to the lack of the weapons practicality Finally if the student has the determination and will , the traditional weapons such as the bladed Dha's , Kukri, along with various stick, staff, spear, shield and other weapons including projectile and flexible are introduced. After the traditional weapons training a student should be able to use almost any object as a weapon.
Kachin weapons tend to be very heavy right down to using 2" ironwood sticks for stick fighting. The goal be it bladed or blunt is in maximizing damage to ones enemy and or destruction of his weapon. We use mostly power strokes with the weapons and also mix our other skills such as striking and grappling into our armed attacks. The Kachins have no concept of dueling with weapons as various other cultures do the goal is the termination of your enemy so every attack is an attempt to kill.
The Kachin style of Banshay utilizes the same concepts and strategies as the open hand systems so that your fighting skills should transfer seamlessly between open hand fighting and the various weapons subsets. The stances and structure is the same and the feed off one another. Weapons practice speeds up and strengthens unarmed combat and the empty hand systems lay the groundwork for learning weapons.