Which Martial Art style is most prevalent in India?

Which Martial Art style is most prevalent in India?

Gaurav Agnihotri asked October 4, 2016

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Sumit Paliwal October 4, 2016

India has its own unique Martial Art styles with unique methods to attack and defend. As general rule the Indian styles of Martial Arts have high jumps and energetic movements to ascertain the best point to attack. The Indian Martial Arts vary from : 

  • Lathi, prevalent in Punjab and Bengal 
  • Gatka, performed by Sikhs of Punjab 
  • Wrestling, all over India 
  • Kalarippayattu, oldest Martial form from Kerala 
  • Silambam, weapon based art from Tamil Nadu 
  • Musti Yuddha, unarmed form of Martial Art from Varanasi 
  • Thang Ta, from Manipur 
  • Mardani Khel, practiced in Kolhapur (Maharashtra) 
  • Pari khanda, prevalent in Bihar 

All the above forms of Martial Arts are traditional art of India and famous or practiced by the folklore and common locals of each state they are prevalent in. 
Among Indian form of Martial Arts the most famous on an average is Wrestling in which Indian wrestlers stand unbeaten many a times and made their mark globally. 
As regards western form of Martial Arts the most prevalent is Karate or Taekwondo which is taken up by schools in general in India.  


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