Vajra Mushti

Vajra Mushti is the name of both a knuckleduster-like weapon and an ancient Indian martial art identified with that weapon that incorporates striking aspects, grappling aspects, and a study of vital pressure points (marman). The striking aspects of Vajra Mushti are similar to Boxing and Karate, while the grappling aspects are similar to jujutsu and Vale tudo. “Mushti” literally...

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Varma Kalai

Varma Kalai (meaning “the art of vital points”) is an ancient martial art which has its origins in Tamil Nadu, India. The art itself originally began as a healing art from Varma Cuttiram (the “Tamil science of medicine”), which later turned into a martial art, thus the name Varma Kalai. The attacks in Varma Kalai are meant for self defence and though they target the ...

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Thang Ta

Thang-Ta is most popular Meetei Martial arts in Manipur.The literal translation of Thang-ta in the Manipuri language is swords and spears. Thang-Ta at present, is seen in most part of the world through demonstration in cultural programs. Fighting with the weapons including sword, spear and Axe. The history of Thang-ta and Sarit-Sarak can be traced to the 17th century. Thang-ta involves using...

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Sarit Sarak

Sarit Sarak is a form of martial arts, which is relatively unknown outside of its place of origin – the north east Indian state of Manipur. This form of art was much in vogue with the people of Manipur a few generations back. It was taught much for defending rather than attacking. Sarit-Sarak is an art of bare handed combat emphasizing evasive skills and offensive attack. According to...

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Niyuddha Kride

Niyuddha-kride is a form of Indian wrestling and martial art that concentrates on diversion and quick striking in case of a successful diversion. The practitioners of Niyuddha-kride practice swaying movements, quick alterations of movement patterns aim to move in quickly and expectedly. Nihyuddha is an ancient and true Indian Martial art called as Niyuddha Kride . It was born in Satyug by...

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Mukna

Mukna is a sport, which is a variation of wrestling originating from, and popular in the state of Manipur. Historical records show that Mukna has been played since the first half of the 15th century, but no exact record is available of the earlier meets. Mukna is a sport, which is a combination of wrestling and judo, originating from, and popular in the state of Manipur. Historical records...

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Malyutham

Malyutham is a grappling martial art that was practiced throughout Tamil history of ancient Tamilakkam which resembles western wrestling. It is placed among the 64 arts listed in ancient literature. The art reached its Zenith in Tamil Nadu during the Pallava period. During mid-Chola period mallas(artistes) went to Sri Lanka to participate in tournaments. The art was taught in ancient days by...

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Lathi

Lathi is an ancient armed martial art of India. It also refers to the weapon used in this martial art. The word lathi, in Hindi, means bamboo stick. A lathi is basically a 6 to 8 foot long bamboo stick tipped with a metal blunt. It is used by swinging it back and forth like a sword. The metal blunt is an optional part for a lathi. It is the Indian Police’s most used crowd control...

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Kuttu Varisai

Kuttu Varisai (Empty Hand Combat)  is an Indian martial art practiced in Tamil Nadu, South India and in Northeastern Sri Lanka. It is a form of hand to hand combat similar to Kung Fu and Karate. This Tamil martial art was first documented in the Tamil Sangam literature (c. 2nd-1st centuries BC). Both Kuttu Varisai and Varma Kalai combined make up a deadly fighting art. In Kuttu Varisai,...

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Inbuan Wrestling

Inuban is a form of wrestling native to the people of Mizoram in India. Inbuan is said to have originated in the village of Dungtland in 1750 A.D. It was recognized as a sport after the Mizo people migrated from Burma to the Lushai Hills. Inuban involves very strict rules prohibiting kicking, stepping out of the circle and even bending of the knees. The contest is held in a circle 15-16 feet...

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