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India has a long history of martial arts. However, the good news is that some citizens and organisations are trying to resurrect Indian martial arts by teaching them to young Indians. 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! Its other aspect is Sarit Sarak that involves unarmed combat.

This martial art form integrates various external weapons — the sword, spear and dagger- with the internal practice of physical control through siambam movements coordinated with breathing rhythms. However, the heart of Thang-Ta is the sword.

There are hundreds of different sword drills that teach the basic strokes and stepping patterns of this fighting style. Thang-Tha Federation of India. According to Sangam-era literature, there were a number of exercise centres called silambak-koodam s all over the Dravida Nadu region, and the age-old art—patronized by the Chera, Chola and Pandya rulers—is recorded as one of the 64 art forms of ancient India. The sharp swords of Shastar Vidya have been replaced by wooden sticks soti and shields farri in Gatka.

Armed sqay makes use of a curved single-edge sword paired with a shield, while unarmed techniques incorporate kicks, punches, locks and chops. The sword is paired with a shield bargula measuring inches in diameter, also covered in leather. The official uniform is blue, silamba with red or yellow piping, consisting of trousers and a cross-front jacket with a belt around the waist. Competitors are judged on stance, timing and perfection of form.

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Originally from Maharashtra, Mardani Khel is a weapon-based martial art form. It owes its development to the geographic conditions of the state hills, caves and valleys.

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A very ancient form of art, it saw its emergence during the Maratha dynasty. 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.

After the revolt ofthe British banned the use of weapons and the talims were forced to turn mardani khel into a folk game to ,earn its survival. Mardani Khel FB page. Once a sport that used to hold great importance in Indian society, at present, Kushti is only practiced in a handful places around India. 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.

One hard blow is numbing. Traditionally practised in many parts of India, the lathi usually a bamboo stick can be wielded in many ways to give quick lethal blows to the opponent as well as in self-defence silambaam using it as a shield.

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8 Indian Martial Art Forms and Where You Can Learn Them

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

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