Bothati

Bothati  is an Indian martial art involving fighting with spears on horseback. Bothati is an equestrian sport from northwest India used as training for spear-fighting on horseback. Conceptually similar to jousting, bothati was practiced by the Nihang in the Punjab region as part of their gatka regimen. The lance, also known as a bothati, is aimed at a pile of stones, and is usually covered...

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Adithada

Adithada, Adi means hitting and thada means block) is a martial art originating from erstwhile Travancore regions in South India comprising southern Kerala and the Kanyakumari district which was later ceded to Tamil Nadu. Adithada is similar to Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Karate. It is often referred to as the southern style of Kalari Payattu. This art is very similar to Muay Thai Kickboxing....

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Silambam

Silambam is a traditional Dravidian martial art based on stick fighting. This style supposedly originates from the Kurinji Hills in present day Kerala, 5,000 years ago, where natives used bamboo staves to defend themselves against wild animals. As per Sangam literature, the Kurinji Hills was one of the five physiographic divisions within Tamilakam, which became known as Keralam after the...

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Pehlwani

Pehlwani , or modern Indian wrestling, is a synthesis of an indigenous Aryan Hindu form of wrestling that dates back at least to the 5th century BC and a Persian form of wrestling brought into South Asia by the Mughals. A practitioner of this sport is referred to as a pehlwan (also spelled pahlwan in Persian, champion, literally a Parthian). Generally speaking, Hindu teachers of wrestling ...

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Malla Yuddha

Mallayuddha (literally “wrestling combat”) is the martial art of classical Indian wrestling. Some form of Mallayuddha is known to have been practiced before the Aryan invasion, making it the oldest martial art in India. It is described in the Indian epics as the fighting style of warriors such as Bhima. From extrapolation of the epics, the art is supposed to have gained maximum...

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Kalaripayattu Silambam Weapon

The Kalaripayattu | What is Kalaripayattu | Martial Art of Kerala | Origins of Kalaripayattu | Styles of Kalaripayattu | Kalaripayattu Stages | Kalari Treatment | Silambam Weapon | Thekan Weapons | Vadakkan Weapons | The Oldest Martial Arts The word Silambam immediately brings out the picture of two or more martial artists fighting or training with long staff. In Silambam...

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Kalaripayattu Vadakkan Weapons

The Kalaripayattu | What is Kalaripayattu | Martial Art of Kerala | Origins of Kalaripayattu | Styles of Kalaripayattu | Kalaripayattu Stages | Kalari Treatment | Silambam Weapon | Thekan Weapons | Vadakkan Weapons | The Oldest Martial Arts In the northern system of Kalarippayattu, one starts the training with the Meythari- solo forms designed to develop the flexibility,...

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Kalaripayattu Thekan Weapons

The Kalaripayattu | What is Kalaripayattu | Martial Art of Kerala | Origins of Kalaripayattu | Styles of Kalaripayattu | Kalaripayattu Stages | Kalari Treatment | Silambam Weapon | Thekan Weapons | Vadakkan Weapons | The Oldest Martial Arts After sufficient practice of the solo forms and then mastering the empty hand sets and prearranged sparring with partner the student of...

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Kalaripayattu The Oldest Martial Arts

The Kalaripayattu | What is Kalaripayattu | Martial Art of Kerala | Origins of Kalaripayattu | Styles of Kalaripayattu | Kalaripayattu Stages | Kalari Treatment | Silambam Weapon | Thekan Weapons | Vadakkan Weapons | The Oldest Martial Arts The Initiation Ceremony: A student is initiated into the Kalari usually at the age of seven, on an auspicious day or on the opening day...

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Kalaripayattu Kalari Treatment

The Kalaripayattu | What is Kalaripayattu | Martial Art of Kerala | Origins of Kalaripayattu | Styles of Kalaripayattu | Kalaripayattu Stages | Kalari Treatment | Silambam Weapon | Thekan Weapons | Vadakkan Weapons | The Oldest Martial Arts The training of a student to become a master includes the training in Ayurveda and in locating the vital points of the body. A Kalari Guru...

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