8 Different Forms of Martial Arts in India

Martial arts is a part of India’s ancient culture and a traditional games. Originally a traditional form of martial art that started in South India, and now it has different names and different forms in the culture of the regions in India.

Khusti The Indian Wrestling is also a part of Indian Martial arts found throughout the India. Indian martial arts has an important influence in the development of modern Asian martial arts. Nowadays a sense of self-defense and for fitness lots of people are opting for martial arts.As in other respects of Indian culture, Indian martial arts can be roughly divided into northern and southern styles.

Kalaripayattu – Kerala

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Kalarippayattu is a famous Indian martial art from land of attraction Kerala and one of the oldest fighting systems in existence. It is practiced in most of the part of south India.

A kalari is the school or training hall where martial arts are taught. It includes strikes, kicks and some weapon based practiced, Footwork patterns is most important key in Kalarippayattu. It is the best Indian martial art that has been used in many movies to make it popular, like Ashoka and The myth. photo credit- Kerala Tourism

Silambam – Tamil Nadu

Silambam

Silambamis a weapon-based Indian martial art from Tamil Nadu. Every states has it own style of martial arts. A wide variety of weapons are used in silamban, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

Silambam art also used animal movements of snake, tiger, eagle forms and footwork patterns is play a key role here as well. Another part of Silambam is Kuttu varisai, it is the unarmed kind of martial art. pic credit –
The Hindu

Gatka – Punjab

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Gatkais weapon-based Indian martial art basically created by the Sikhs of Punjab.There are many weapons used in Gatka like, Stick, Talwar, kirpan and kataar. The attacking and defense methods are based upon the positions of the hands feet and nature of weapons used. It is also displayed during the different celebrations or at fairs in Punjab. pic credit- sikhnet

Musti Yuddha

It is unarmed martial art from the oldest city of India “Varanasi“. Technique used in this martial arts are punches, kicks, knees and elbow strikes. This style is a complete art of physical, mental and spiritual development. This art is very rarely visible but was very popular in middle age.

Thang Ta – Manipur

Thang Ta is popular term for the ancient Manipuri Martial Art also known as HUYEN LALLONG. Manipuri martial arts with swords and spears, is a strong yet gracefully sophisticated art.

Huyen Langlon martial art from Manipur consists of two main components, armed combat and unarmed fighting. Sword and spear are the two primary weapons of huyen langlon.

Lathi Khela West Bengal

Lathi is an ancient armed martial art of India. It also refers one of the world’s oldest weapons used in martial arts. Lathi or stick martial arts practiced in Punjab and Bengal region of India. Lathi still remains a popular sport in Indian villages.

Mardani Khel – Maharashtra

Mardani Khel is an armed method of martial art created by the Maratha. This traditional martial art of Maharashtra is practiced in kolhapur.

Pari Khanda -Bihar

Pari-khandaa style of sword and shield fighting from Bihar. This art is created by the rajputs. Pari-khanda steps and techniques are also used in Chau dance.

Martial Arts of Indian States

Kathi Samu is very old Indian martial art originated in Andhra Pradesh.
Thoda martial art also known as the dance of archery from Himachal Pradesh.
Varma Kalai is another popular Martial Arts of Tamil Nadu.
Paika is the Orissan martial art and still used as part of the chhau dance.
Garadi mane is the fighting arts of Karnataka, taught exclusively for demonstrations at festivals.
Pehlwani is the most popular form of wrestling from the Indian subcontinent.
Kick-fighting (aki kiti) is the traditional art from of tribes from Nagaland.

Apart from the above list, there are wide array of weapons are used in the Indian subcontinent and each fighting system named with respect to weapons such as Lathikhela, Khadgavidya, Dhanurvidya, Gadayuddha, Mushtiyuddha, Mallayuddha and 64 different types of skills & arts of Bal Vidya.


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sarjeet singh bakhshi
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sarjeet singh bakhshi

The history of Indian martial art

gauri kashelikar
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the information provided was very useful and interesting. It would be helpful if you could also post something regarding “Raibeshe” – a martial art form of Bengal…thank you

GowriShankar
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GowriShankar

The forum was really intersting but you have missed out to include a great martial art named “varmakalai” a weaponless martial art adopted in ancient times, which has been modulated after so many sacrafices, art emerged in Tamilnadu, now after so many years we even dont have its own shadow……we just know only te name thru the movies.

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It is interesting to see the martial arts of India. We normally hear about Chinese, Japanese or Korean martial arts but India has been completely forgotten. Let’s hope that the Western countries will get more exposure to Indian martial arts! Have a nice day!

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Abby

I was searching for Indian martial arts, as I was curious to know if yoga asana have a direct correlation to any school of these ancient arts. Would you have any suggestions, such as a particular style, or any book, teacher or ashram that you could direct my research?
Thank you, this information was very interesting.
Abby

Amish
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Amish

Indian martial arts is very famous outside India but we people of India really don’t care about them. Many ancient people had devoted their life for India and Indian martial arts and its shame for us that we forget it all……………..

chetan
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chetan

IS There any details for gujarati or kathiyawadi martial art?!

subha
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subha

hi guys… can anyone suggest me a good book(s) on indian martial arts….

sailaja lakshmi pampani
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sailaja lakshmi pampani

I’M REALLY GLAD TO KNOW OUR INDIAN HERITAGE IN ALL RESPECTS……………THANK YOU.
Thank You So Much Walk Through India for providing such wonderful information.

Kascan Sarmah
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Kascan Sarmah

I am glad to get all the information about some Indian Martial Art Forms…Hope you will add more forms. Thanking You.

Hemant Shrivastava
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I am glad to get all the information about some Indian Martial Art Forms…Hope you will add more forms. Thanking You.

san
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san

why they r jumping so high and wasting their energy? in every martial arts there should be no extra moments. simple, short and direct moves are always powerful and effective. they save your energy, u get less tired. in combat situation u must save ur energy and stamina. most of the Indian martial art is out dated and dead. it is useless for the modern man.

manasi
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manasi

its very informative. but why ‘Chaau’ is not included in this list? Though it is a recognized as dance style,basically it is a martial art form.

ajay
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ajay

there are many more like sastravidya,dhanurveda,gada yuddha,e.t.c

ajay
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ajay

varma kalai is not included in this list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varma_kalai

Deepak
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Deepak

Yaar Kaha Pe sikhata Hai Lathi chalana ki kala
deep[email protected] pe address dal do koi bhai

Traditional martail arts ki bhi

Rongon Majumder
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Rongon Majumder

Why don’t the ADMIN give me the Phone No. of different groups who performs those 8 form of Martial Arts…My ph 09836050606 & mail id: [email protected]

santosh kumar seth
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santosh kumar seth

Hii my name is santosh seth and m from up. In up there are akhada. I m learning here laathi, banana,banethi, galashiels,bhala etc. And in future we organise a national level martial art kalaari singham.. Please help me.my cell no. Is 09670448283,09532826826, and my Facebook /emai account is….. [email protected]

hoh
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hoh

0i cant get why they jumpes so much , in real battle field jumps never really works.

john
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john

san, what u said is partly true, except thangta and kalari , all others arts are just jokes

Met Seryer
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Met Seryer

Your Martial Art is Pure Shit, Some claiming origing of Kung fu my foot. Why cant a master of your Crap fight a Kung fu Master? Because he will spill all your shit out like dalls. Go live in slums and shit on the road thats all indians worth. They make too much unrealistic movies and you start beleive its real! Get into the cage and see how much of a trash you are.

Krishna Rg
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Krishna Rg

It is just different names of the art in different languages. How different is Lathi and Silambam?