The turban cloth saved the hit directed to the head! Several artifacts found in the form of drawing on the stones or caves wall, carving and figures in the ancient coins, pot and stones depicted human carrying Silambam stick, Spear Vel-Kambu and trident shapes. Later references to Silappadikkaram during the Tamil Sangam literature, show that silambam has been practiced as far back to B. E, as the 2nd century B. The ancient trading centre at the city of Madurai was renowned globally and said to be thronged by Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians among others who had regular sea trade with the Tamil kingdoms.
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It was of the most famous forms of art during the Chera, Chola,Pandian and Pallava kingdom. Though it had a fall in the middle, it rose to greater heights in the present period and was also introduced in the South Asian games.
Hence it is our duty to learn, practice and teach this ancient and traditional art. Martial Arts: A person who gains dexterity in rotating the pole stick can even stop a stone being pelted on him. For those who have mastered this art can defend themselves even when attacked by ten persons at a time. Hence Silambam should be learnt as for the purpose of self defense. Over a period of time, such persons will be cured from chronic and long lasting diseases like asthma and diabetes.
Hence Silambam is an art of physical workout exercise. Exhibition Game: After mastering Silambam, particularly Thee silambam performance with fire sticks the art can be performed to amuse people and get their appreciation during family functions, temple festivals and in college functions in the area one lives. Tournament Games: After learning Silambam well one can express his individuality by competing in various competitive events.
State and District level Silambam competitions are being held nowadays. Photo Gallery.
Silambam: A moving meditation
It was of the most famous forms of art during the Chera, Chola,Pandian and Pallava kingdom. Though it had a fall in the middle, it rose to greater heights in the present period and was also introduced in the South Asian games. Hence it is our duty to learn, practice and teach this ancient and traditional art. Martial Arts: A person who gains dexterity in rotating the pole stick can even stop a stone being pelted on him.
The term translates as "punching sequence", from kuttu meaning punch and varisai meaning order. Although kuthu mean to punch, when used in conversational language kuthu also mean to fight. Varisai mean order or list, however in this context it will mean techniques, so kuttu varisai will also mean fighting techniques. Techniques incorporate striking, grappling, throws and locks. Partnered routines are between pairs at first before progressing to several partners at once.
Training Body and Mind
SC, B. Ed and MR. 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. The training is being imparted for a plethora of colleges, schools And private establishments too.