Silambam: "Bamboo from the hills"

Silambam: “Bamboo from the hills”

Sialambam is a traditional stick martial art from South India State of Tamil Nadu. It is a stick and weapon-based Indian martial art from Tamil Nadu.

A wide variety of weapons are used in silamban, 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 is play a key role here as well.

Another part of Silambam is Kuttu varisai, it is the unarmed kind of martial art.

Silambam appears to be taken by city youths by storm as there are many increasing interest in Silambam these days.

Today there are three kinds of Silambam being practised – Por Silambam (warfare), Silambattam (folk dance) and Potti Silambam (sport).

Apart from the kambu (stick) made of either bamboo or perambu, which is popularly associated with Silambam, the martial art is also performed using a varied range of weapons such as Surulvaal, sword, velkambu (spear), maan-kombu (deer horns) and small knives.

Mind and body benefits of Silambam:

  • Silambam is a good form of cardio workout that improves blood circulation and heart function.
  • Burns calories, helps in weight reduction and shaping of body.
  • Relieves mental stress, laziness and fatigue.
  • Improves body flexibility and reflexive movement of joints and muscles.

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