Different types of Martial Arts and their History: Silambam
Different types of Martial Arts and their History:Silambam:
Silambam is an ancient martial art from south Indian state Tamil nadu. A hard bamboo stick is used in Silambam as a weapon
“The skill of one man armed with a staff getting in the middle of a crowd of a hundred men and beating down all one by one pointing out the opponent he is going to attack by adopting the tactics of the so called Monkey weep, snake’s agility in movements, lion stare, frog’s leap and eagle fall on its prey all performed in a lightning speed”…. This amazing fighting stunts was performed by Silambam practioners and still this kind of performance and techniques are preserved in Silambam practiced this days.
A staff is wielded with such dexterity by silambam practioners that he would ward off the stones thrown at him by many people standing around him.
Staff fencing is also practiced in other regions of India and have different names
Maharastra – Lathi
Gujarat – Dhal Lakadi
Andhra Pradesh – Karra saamu
Bengal – Lati Lakadi
Karnataka – Dhanta Varisai
Kerala - Nedu vadi
Siambam fecing under Kalaripayat system is remembered as Kettukari.
The staff used in silambam is prepared cutting a straight and uniform bamboo cane of a specific weight and by seasoning it by immersing in water and strengthen it by beating it on the surface of still water.
Most of the techniques in this art are barrowed from kalaripayttu.
In kalari young pupil pass on to handling of weapons starting with staff which can effectively deals with swords.
This martial art travelled through different countries from Tamil nadu and underwent some changes over the years. Silambam in the modern era has become an art of self defence. It has developed into a highly skillful sport.
Fitness regime has been a part of my life for the last 12 years. Exploring ancient Indian martial arts. Working on ‘Kalari’ now.