Banshay is a form of martial art (weapon-based) from Myanmar which focuses primarily on the sword, staff and spear. The sport is influenced by both Indian and Chinese sources, and is closely related to the similar Southeast Asian systems like Cambodian kbach kun boran, Malay silat and Thai krabi krabong.
The sport makes extensive use of the dha (sword) in pairs and the sword-fencing performances and demonstrations usually start with a pre-fight war dance. There are 37 sword forms and the training is conducted with the weapon sheathed so that the practitioner is discouraged from killing opponents. Only under extreme conditions, the sword can be unsheathed.