Top 5 Indian Martial Arts Forms

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Originating in Kerala, Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest martial arts in the world. It includes strikes, kicks, grappling, and weaponry, focusing on flexibility, stamina, and agility. 

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Silambam is a traditional martial art from Tamil Nadu that primarily uses a bamboo staff (lathi) as a weapon. It involves swift movements, twirling, and strikes, emphasizing both offense and defense techniques. 

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Gatka is a traditional martial art of the Sikhs, originating in Punjab. It involves the use of wooden sticks (shastar vidya), swords, and other weapons. Gatka emphasizes spiritual and mental discipline alongside physical combat techniques. 

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Thang-Ta is a martial art from Manipur that combines armed combat with music and dance. It includes the use of swords (thang) and spears (ta) and involves intricate movements, footwork, and defensive techniques 

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Kusti (Pehlwani) 

Kusti, also known as Pehlwani, is a form of traditional Indian wrestling that has been practiced for centuries. Wrestlers (pehlwans) train rigorously and compete in a sandpit (akhara), emphasizing strength, technique, and discipline. 

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