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By the end of the session, the person who had the most marks lost the game and, presumably, the girl. There are two schools of kalari: However, it is only recently that the martial art has entered the arena of competitive sport. But Manivannan begs to differ.

Like boxing, both the combatants need to weigh approximately the same and are generally in the same age group and gender.

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

Tamil actor Dhansika is another enthusiast who swears by silambam. There is also a theory that the famous Shaolin style of martial arts may have been derived from Indian stick-fighting. We aim to help the world discover great products made by small enterprises. These particularly small enterprises lack access to markets and hence do not have predictable income and growth. However, the heart of Thang-Ta is the sword.

Each time the staff made contact with the body, it left behind sulambam mark.

He sniffs it, and then, thankfully enough, deciding I pass muster, wags his tail and allows me to pat his head. Raj describes the stick as a cured and flexible cane bamboo cut to a uniform size, usually around Also, since it is a contact sport, participants are clad in protective gear, including a helmet with a face mask, a chest guard and an abdominal guard, over their jersey or vest.

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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.

This lack of recognition affects player participation to a large extent, says Manivannan. A document by the late J.

This lack of standardization of the sport is one reason why silambqm lags behind when compared to other martial art systems such as karate or tae kwon do. After the revolt ofthe British banned the use of weapons and the talims were forced to turn mardani khel into a folk game to ensure its survival.

Kumaravel, actor, scriptwriter and founder of theatre-group Magic Lantern. It also increasingly began to transform into a performance art: Silambam is an ancient martial art of Tamil Nadu.

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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. Viewing China from India by P. Fri, Apr 15 This martial art form integrates various external weapons — the sword, spear and dagger- with the internal practice of physical control through soft movements coordinated with breathing rhythms.


But she silambzm nurtures a fondness for the instrument she first began training with—the basic kambu. However, the good news is that some citizens wilambam organisations are trying to resurrect Indian martial arts by teaching them to young Indians. Originally from Maharashtra, Mardani Khel is a weapon-based martial art form.

Shotokan Karatedo Federation India. Silambam was such a powerful martial art that it was employed in warfare by siambam rulers of south India, adds Murugesan. Besides, I became calmer, happier, more focused.

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

Pandian picks up the bamboo sticks and hands them to me. It is closely linked to the Kerala martial art kalaripayattu. I hold out a hand. Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox before everyone else! Today, there are several organizations at the state, national and international levels regulating the sport, and the World Silambam Federation, founded on 17 August is one of them.

Sat, Apr 16 Yet, it was still practised in secret.