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History of Silambam

Silambam is a traditional martial art developed in the Tamilnadu, India. It is originated around 1000 this ancient fighting style is mentioned in Tamil Sangam literature 400 BCE. Silambam is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes, Weapon strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. Archaeologically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught.

Traditional stories traces Silambam back several thousand years to the siddhar (enlightened sage) Agastya. While on his way to Vellimalai, Agastya discussed Hindu philosophy with an old man he met, said to be the god Murugan in disguise. The old man taught him of kundalini yoga and how to focus prana through the body's nadi (channels). Agastya practiced this method of meditation and eventually compiled three texts on palm leaves based on the god's teachings. One of these texts was the Kampu Sutra (Staff Classic) which was said to record advanced fighting theories in verse. These poems and the art they described were allegedly passed on to other Siddha of the Agastmuni akhara (Agastya school) and eventually formed the basis of Silambam and siddha medicine.

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