9 Unique Forms Of Weapon Wielding Martial Arts in India

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Dhanurveda, a section found in the Vedas (1700 BCE – 1100 BCE) contains references to martial arts.
Indian epics contain the earliest accounts of combat, both armed and bare-handed. Most deities of the Hindu-Buddhist pantheon are armed with their own personal weapon, and are revered not only as master martial artists but often as originators of those systems themselves. The Mahabharata tells of fighters armed only with daggers beating lions, and describes a prolonged battle between Arjuna and Karna using bows, swords, trees, rocks and fists. Another unarmed battle in the Mahabharata describes two combatants boxing with clenched fists and fighting with kicks, finger strikes, knee strikes and head butts.

1. Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu 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 are most important key in Kalaripayattu. It is the best Indian martial art that has been used in many movies to make it popular, like Ashoka and The myth.

2. Silambam

Silambam is a weapon-based Indian martial art from Tamil Nadu. A wide variety of weapons are used in silambam, 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.

3. Gatka


Gatka is 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 defence 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.

4. Thang Ta

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

5. Mardani Khel

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

6. Pari-Khanda

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

7. Kathi Samu

Kathi Samu is very old Indian martial art originated in Andhra Pradesh and was used by mastered of the royal armies of Andhra Pradesh. The martial art is also known as Sword Fight or Daal Fariya.

8. Thoda

Thoda martial art also known as the dance of archery from Himachal Pradesh is the talent with the bow and arrow. Traditional archery is still practiced in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Arunachal, also noted to be one of the noblest form of defence within Indian cultural heritage.
9. Lathi


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 and still remains
a popular sport in Indian villages.

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