A gift to modern world, Martial Art, art of self defense without weapons or bare hands was truly from Ancient India. Call it Niyudh or martial art, it was necessary part of the training of Kshatriya soldiers. This art includes from hand to hand combat to defense yourself empty handed against any kind of weapon or with weapons like lathi, sword, spear or uruumi.
Kalaripayattu, 3000 years old and world’s oldest martial art technique is still a popular and respected art in Kerala in south India. A Brahman named Bodhidharma from Kacheepuram, Tamilnadu in 522 AD founded Zen Buddhism in China and taught Kalaripayattu to Chinese and Japanese Buddhist monks. The famous Chinese martial art is believed to be originated from Kalaripayattu itself. The renowned Shaolin Temple in Henan, China has wall painting showing an Indian monk teaching martial art to Chinese monks. The clear description has also written in Chinese under it.
Kalaripayattu has various branches mainly Meithari, Kolthari, Ankathari, Verumkai, Vadivu and Chuvatu. Different kinds of weapons are used by Kalari practitioner.