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The goal, chips in Selvaraj, should be the Olympics. The duration of a match zilambam around three minutes, with a second break in between two second fights. The big black dog raises his head and looks suspiciously at me as I walk into an early morning silambam class being conducted at the YMCA grounds in Nandanam, Chennai.

8 Indian Martial Art Forms and Where You Can Learn Them

But she still nurtures a fondness for the instrument she first began training with—the basic kambu. It also increasingly began to transform into a performance art: According to the book Cinasthana Today: There is also a theory that the famous Shaolin style of martial arts may have been derived from Indian stick-fighting.

It has even been used to win a bride. Competitive silambam takes place on a circular, hard surface, which is ft in radius. When moved back and forth like a sword and aimed at someone, it cuts through the air, lands with a thwacking sound, peels off a thin layer of skin and sends waves of numbing pain through the body, even as it splinters bone.

Silambam: A moving meditation – Livemint

Competitors are judged on stance, timing and perfection of form. However, the ban, coupled with the introduction of firearms, did affect the combative nature of silambam greatly. All we need is a little support from the centre—a child needs to be patted on the back by its own parents before an outsider can appreciate it.


Have something to share? But Manivannan begs to differ. After leaving the court, he arrived at the Shaolin temple—a Buddhist temple at Song mountain near Zhengzhou city in Henan province. Viewing China from India by P. Also, since it is a contact sport, participants are clad in protective gear, including a helmet with eilambam face mask, a chest guard and an abdominal guard, over their jersey or vest.

Today, there are several organizations at the state, national and international levels regulating the sport, and the Lrarn Silambam Federation, founded on 17 August is one of them. It owes its development to the geographic conditions of the state hills, caves and valleys.

Originally from Maharashtra, Mardani Khel is a weapon-based martial art form. Kolhapur used to be the centre of the Maratha kingdom and the villages around it had talims training centres where skilled elders prepared youngsters for war. She is also a die-hard foodie, a pet-crazy human, a passionate history buff and pearn ardent lover of books.

However, the heart of Thang-Ta is the sword.

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There are hundreds of different sword drills that teach the basic strokes and stepping patterns of this fighting style. It has lately emerged in a new avatar as a source of inspiration for self-expression in contemporary dance forms, theatre, fitness techniques and movies too!

However, it is only recently that the martial art has entered the arena of competitive sport. Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox before everyone else!

Ancient but Deadly: 8 Indian Martial Art Forms and Where You Can Learn Them

Pandian comes from the same teaching lineage as the man who taught MGR the art. He sniffs it, and then, thankfully enough, deciding I pass muster, wags his tail and allows me to pat his head.

Silambam was such a powerful martial art that it was employed in warfare by most rulers of south India, adds Murugesan. Kumaravel, actor, scriptwriter and founder of theatre-group Magic Lantern.