Silambam

ABOUT SILAMBAM

THOLKALAI SILAMBAM, an ancient and traditional martial art, was inaugurated in Coimbatore in the year of 2013.

THOLKALAI SILAMBAM was launched in Coimbatore by SHRI VENBA.M.THOLKAPPIAN, M.SC, B.Ed and MR.E.ARUMUGAM MSW

The main mission of THOLKALAI is to strive for propagation the age old traditional martial art to all people, irrespective of caste, creed, race and religion all people should be made to understand the greatness and ancientness of our millennium old art of silambam.

We can realize that silambam is not only a musical workout but also an art which enriches the minds and emotional quotient of the practioners,

We all know that our people are obsessed with the western culture and western style physical workouts

We can shun the western style of exercises, and we can bring our masses under the ambit of our traditional physical workouts style such as silambam, an art of using long sticks.


We can carry forward the THOLKALAI SILAMBAM to our future generation!

Silambam would emerge an indispensible art for physical and mental health of our posterity

The THOLKALAI SILAMBAM TRAINING is being conducted across several places in Coimbatore city.

The training is being imparted for a plethora of colleges, schools

And private establishments too.

There is no age limit for the participants in the silambam training.

ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF SILAMBAM ART:

The history of silambam art is as old as the civilization of the humankind.

The art of silambam has been as old as the human civilization.

The ancient men and women had adopted various technique to safeguard the me selves from the attack of the wild animals. They had employed sharp objects such as stones and tree branches as tools.

As the time progressed, in due course of time, our ancestors designed and developed a martial art which was handed down to their descendents as the silambam art, that is the great Rishi of Tamil language agathiar has enumerate a list of benefit that we can get by practicing the art of silambam

In kambu suthirna, Agathian has detailed on how to decimate an energy, how to fight with wild animals when they try to harm us.

All learners of silambam should understand the kambu suthira of Agasthiya muris

Rishi Agasthiya has enunciated hat before entering the life of a yogi he had learn the silambam art flawlessly

He had scripted that he attained the highest level in yoga due to his complete disseverment in the martial art of SILAMBAM.

Had Agathiyar conducted that silambam was worthless he would not have mastered if and hugely benefitted from silambam

Silambam can regulate and hormone our body and mind.

We all should understand that Hence, let us heed to the noble words of the siddhans and learn silambam for overall well being of our body, heart and soul.

Come on,

Let’s join an practice the art of silambam, which is a treasure of Tamils.

HISTORY OF SILAMBAM

The chera, Chozha and Pandiya kings introduced this art in their warfare and made it compulsory for all the soldiers in the five wings of their military.

In the recent past, at the time of Pulidevan and Veera Pandiya Kattabomman (1760– 1799) this art was resurrected and was used in the fights against the British. So the British passed orders not to practice Silambam. As for the Tamils, Silambam is not only a weapon but also a traditional Martial art. So they practiced it for the sake of physical fitness. From the south India, Silambam spread over the rest of India and it called in different name in different part of the country. Silambam is called as Nedu Vadi in Kerala; karra saamu in Andhra Pradesh; Dhanta Varisai in Karnataka, Lathi in Uttar Pradesh; Marithani in Maharashtra; Dhal Lakadi in Gujarat; Patta Pachi in Punjab & Haryana; Kathga in Jharkhand and Bihar depending upon their language spocken in their area.


Techniques and Weapons:

Silambam is a weapon-based Indian traditional martial art originated from Tamil Nadu in south India but also practiced by the traditional community of Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The word silambam refers to the bamboo staff which is the main weapon used in this style. Other weapons are also used such as the Maduvu (Deer horn), Kathi (Knife) and Vaal (Sword). Unarmed Silambam called Kuttu Varisai, utilizes stances and routines based on animal movements such as the Snake, Tiger and Eagle forms.The length of the staff depends on the height of the practitioner.

It should just touch the forehead about three fingers from the head, although different lengths are used in different situations. It usually measures roughly 1.68 meters (five and a half feet). The 3 feet stick called sedikutchi can be easily concealed. Separate practice is needed for staves of different lengths. The usual stance includes holding the staff at one end, right hand close to the back, left hand about 40 centimeters (16 inches) away. This position allows a wide array of stick and body movements, including complex attacks and blocks. There are numerous sub sects in silambam like nagam-16 (cobra-16), Kallapathu (Thieves ten), Kidamuttu (goat head butting), Kuravanchi, kalyanavarisai (similar to quarterstaff), Thulukkanam, and so on. Each is unique and may differ from one another in grip, posture, foot work, method of attack, length of the stick, movement of the stick etc. The bamboo staff, one of the first weapons used in Indian martial arts, was in great demand with the visitors.




There are two types or category of Silambam, such as

Azhangara Silambam, Por Silambam

Each of below listed sub-sects is unique and may differ from one another in grip, posture ,foot work, method of attack length of the stick, movement of the stick etc.


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