Varmam in Self Defense (Kalaripayattu)

To protect oneself from the enemies, man invented the art of self-defense. Each country has it's own indigenous form of martial arts. Kalaripayattu, Naatu Murai, Kuthu Varisai, and Malyutham are some amongst the vast martial arts of Indian origin.

In Indian martial art Kalaripayattu, there are not only techniques for self-dense, but there are also techniques to collapse the enemy by attacking on the varmam points.

Kalaripayattu is divided into two schools namely:

Vadakkan Kalaripayattu gives importance to weapons training where as Therkan Kalaripayattu gives importance to hand to hand combat techniques.

You should never strike a varmam points using knife or sword. Instead, you can damage a varmam point by striking with hand or by a stick. Such techniques are numerous in the Therkan Kalaripayattu.

The following are various forms available in Therkan Kalaripayattu:

Of the above 18 forms, specifically Angam 64, Perruka Murai, Siraman Varisai and Olivu Murai work in tandem with varmalogy.

The Angam 64 form is about making steps within 8 feet circumference and attacking 64 varmam points on the opponent's body and make him immobile. This form is one of the toughest to master. Similarly Siramam Varisai consists of having sticks of 3/4th feet length in both hands and using them to strike the varmam points on the opponent's body. Usually masters teach this form by combining song, music and dance movements.

The varmam text named Eddu describes the distance from the varmam points should be struck.

Learning this martial art will provide greater protection to women. In this modern day, this art is very important for women.

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