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Interesting Martial Art forms in India

Interesting Martial Art forms in India

Martial arts are traditions of combat and classified systems. They are part of several cultures and traditions.

In Indian culture and tradition also, there are several forms of martial arts that are used for self-defence, fitness etc.

Different parts of the country have different types of martial arts. Some are armed version where weapons are used and others are unarmed versions where there are no weapons.

Here are some interesting martial art forms of the country:


  • Kalarippayattu is a martial art of Kerala. It is derived from the word Kalari which means a training hall where martial arts are being taught. Kalarippayattu is an unarmed self-defence form. Nowadays, it is practiced for physical fitness.
  • Silambam is a martial art form of Tamil Nadu. Different weapons are used in Silambam. The weapons are not found anywhere else across the globe except here. It also uses various animal movements like tiger, snake and eagle.
  • Gatka, the martial arts form of Punjab is a weapon-based one. Sticks, talwar, kirpanand kataar are used in this fight. Sikhs perform this martial art on festivals and fairs.
  • Pari-khanda from Bihar has the involvement of sword and shield. Initially, it was started by the Rajputs. The steps and techniques of this martial art form are combined in the traditional Chau dance.
  • Mardani Khel is a martial art of Maharashtra in which sword and corded lance are used. Marathas began this martial art originally and several people practice it in Kolhapur today.
  • Lathi, the martial art form of Bengal and Punjab is practiced with a stick. It is performed as a sport in many villages in these states.
  • Thang-ta is one of the most famous martial arts forms in Manipur. It is otherwise known as Huyen Langlon. It is practiced with spears and swords. It has two versions of the fight. One is armed and another is unarmed fight. The unarmed fight is known as Sarit Sarak.

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