Silambam ASIA - Indian Traditional Martial Arts


Silambam Training

Master Murugan Chillayah (Yogi)

MALAYSIA TRAINING :
Murugan Silambam Academy (Malaysia)
Reg.No. 002504438-K

Subang Jaya SS14 Park
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Time : 7.30pm-9pm (Every Thursday)


Phone (Mobile) :

SINGAPORE TRAINING :
Silambam Academy (Singapore)
Reg.No. 53269224-A

Fitness Corner Playground,
Pearl's Hill Park
(Near Outram Park MRT)
Time : 8pm-9.30pm (Every Saturday)


Phone (Mobile) == SMS / WHATSAPP == :

E-mail : murugan@silambam.asia

Silambam Summary

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SUMMARY OF SILAMBAM & KUTTU VARISAI MARTIAL ARTS

Silambam ( Tamil : சிலம்பம் ) or silambattam ( Tamil : சிலம்பாட்டம் ) of Indian Martial Arts is an ancient Dravidian martial art originated from Tamil Nadu ( South India ) and also practised in Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Complete Mastery of Silambam and Kuttu Varisai from Tamil Nadu, South India with traditional training, techniques and knowledge since Tamil Sangam.

In Tamil, the word silambam refers to the bamboo staff which is the main weapon used in this style. In Tamil, martial arts are known by the umbrella terms taṟkāppuk kalai ( Tamil : தற்காப்புக்  கலை ) "art of self-defence".

Unarmed silambam, called kuttu varisai ( Tamil : குத்துவரிசை ) , utilizes stances and routines based on animal movements such as the snake, tiger, elephant and eagle forms.

The length of the staff depends on the height of the practitioner. It should just touch the forehead about three fingers from the head, although different lengths are used in different situations. It usually measures roughly 1.68 metres ( 5 and 1/2 feet). The 3 feet stick called Sedi Kuchi / Muchchaan ( Tamil : செடி குச்சி ) can be easily concealed. Separate practice is needed for staffs of different lengths. The usual stance includes holding the staff at one end, right hand close to the back, left hand about 40 centimetres ( 16 inches ) away. This position allows a wide array of stick and body movements, including complex attacks and blocks.

There are numerous sub-sects in silambam like nagam-16 ( cobra-16 ), kallapathu ( thieves ten ), kidamuttu ( goat head butting ), kuravanchi, kalyanavarisai ( similar to quarterstaff ), thulukkanam, and so on. Each is unique and may differ from one another in grip, posture, foot work, method of attack, length of the stick, movement of the stick etc.

HISTORY ( Tamil : வரலாறு )

The references to Silappadikkaram in Tamil Sangam literature dating back to the 2nd century refer to the sale of silambam staves, swords, pearls and armor to foreign traders. 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. The bamboo staff, one of the first weapons used in Indian martial arts, was in great demand with the visitors.

Indian martial arts suffered a decline after the British colonists banned silambam along with various other systems. They also introduced modern western military training which favoured fire-arms over traditional weaponry. The stick lost much of its combat superiority and some of silambam's vast techniques and styles were lost. During this time, silambam actually became more widespread in Southeast Asia than India. It is still practiced in Malaysia today, and demonstrations are held for certain festive occasions.

Below Warriors of Silambam, they all relied mainly on their silambam prowess in their warfare against the British Army.

VEERAPANDIYA KATTABOMMAN
( Tamil : வீரபாண்டிய  கட்டபொம்மன் )

Veerapandiya Kattabomman ( 3 January 1760 - 16 October 1799 ) was an 18th century Palayakarrar ('Polygar') chieftain from Panchalankurichi of Tamil Nadu, India

MARUDHU PANDIYAR
( Tamil : மருது  பாண்டியர் )

Marudhu Pandiyar ( 1760-1799 ) brothers ( Periya Marudhu and Chinna Marudhu ) ruled Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu towards the end of the 18th century. The Marudhu brothers were the sons of Udayar Servai alias Mookiah Palaniappan Servai and Anandayer alias Ponnathal. Marudhu Pandiyar, the Elder was born on 15.12.1748 in a small hamlet called Narikkudi near Aruppukkottai in then Ramnad principal state ( now Virudhunagar district ). In 1753 the younger Marudhu Pandiyar was born in Ramnad. Their father "Udayar Servai" served as the General in the Ramnad state military and he shifted his family to Virudhunagar from Narikkudi.

PULI THEVAR
( Tamil : புலித்  தேவர் )

The soldiers of Kings Puli Thevar was a poligar ( or palayakarar ) who ruled Nerkattumseval situated in the Sankarankoil taluk of Tamil Nadu. Puli Thevar who belongs to the warrior Maravar community was one of the earliest freedom fighters. He is one of the first Indian kings to have fought and defeated the British in India.

TECHNIQUES

In battle, a fighter holds the stick in front of their body stretching the arms three quarters full. From there, they can initiate all attacks with only a movement of the wrist. In fact, most silambam moves are derived from wrist movement, making it a key component of the style. The blow gets speed from the wrist and power from the body through footwork ( kaaladi ). Since the stick is held in front, strikes are telegraphic, that is, the fighter does not hide their intentions from the opponent. They attack with sheer speed, overwhelming the adversary with a continuous non-stop rain of blows. In silambam, one blow leads to and aids another. Bluffs may also be used by disguising one attack as another.

In addition to the strikes, silambam also has a variety of locks called poottu. A fighter must always be careful while wielding the stick or they will be grappled and lose the fight. Locks can be used to disable the enemy or simply capture their weapon. Techniques called thirappu are used to counter the locks but these must be executed before being caught in a lock. Silambam also has many different types of avoiding an attack like blocking, parrying, enduring, rotary parrying, hammering ( with the stick ), kolluvuthal ( attacking and blocking simultaneously ) and evasive moves such as sitting or kneeling, moving out, jumping high, etc.

Against multiple attackers, silambam exponents do not hold out their sticks as they do in single combat. Instead they assume one of the numerous animal stances which makes it difficult for opponents to predict the next attack.

An expert silambam stylist will be familiar with varma adi ( Tamil : வர்மக்கலை / Telugu : మర్మయుద్దకళ ) ( pressure-point fighting ) and knows where to strike anywhere in the body to produce fatal or crippling effects by the least use of power. In one-on-one combat an expert would just slide his stick to opponents wrist many times during combat. The opponent may not notice this in the heat of battle until they feel a sudden pain in the wrist and throw the stick automatically without knowing what hit them. When two experts match against each other one may challenge the other that he will hit his big toe. Hitting the big toe can produce crippling effects on the fighter, making them abandon the fight. This is called solli adithal which means "challenging and successfully hitting".

REFERENCES FROM
• Master Murugan ( Certified Instructor of Silambam Academy & Web-Programmer )
• Master Ambiga Arumugam ( Chief Silambam Instructor & Founder of Silambam Academy )
• Dr. David J Manuel Raj ( Silambam Practitioner & Book Author of Silambam Fencing from India ) ( 1975 )
• Sports Authority of India ( 1987 ). Indigenous Games and Martial Arts of India.
• New Delhi: Sports Authority of India pp.91 & 94

  • KUTTU VARISAI (KAI SILAMBAM)

    Unarmed silambam, called kuttu varisai ( Tamil : குத்துவரிசை ) , utilizes stances and routines based on animal movements such as the snake, tiger, elephant and eagle forms.

    This empty hand fighting styles also known as Kuttu Varisai (Kai Silambam) which comprises of unarmed combat, grappling, throws and knockout fighting styles.



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  • SILAMBAM FENCING

    Silambam ( Tamil : சிலம்பம் ) or silambattam ( Tamil : சிலம்பாட்டம் ) of Indian Martial Arts is an ancient Dravidian martial art originated from Tamil Nadu ( South India ) and also practised in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

    In Tamil, the word silambam refers to the bamboo staff which is the main weapon used in this style. In Tamil, martial arts are known by the umbrella terms taṟkāppuk kalai ( Tamil : தற்காப்புக்  கலை ) "art of self-defence".



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  • YOGA HEALTH & FITNESS

    Yoga from Rishikesh (near Himalaya Mountain, North India) traditional multi-style. Yoga trainings in Meditation (with Kundalini), Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Raja Yoga, Dynamic styles, Pranayama, Mantra Yoga, Kriyas (cleansing process) etc..



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  • VARMA KALAI

    The ancient indian arts of pressure points which currently in extinction phase. Used as healing, therapy, disable or injure opponents and used to the extreme of deadly combat. The Arts & Knowledge of Human Body Pressure Points. Our team currently retaining all the information of Indian Traditional Martial Arts via online and updating information of indian arts which currently in extinction stage ( such as Varma Kalai ) from several trustworthy sources.



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  • WEAPONS

    Ancient and Traditional weapons used in Indian martial arts of Silambam and Varma Kalai fighting, such as silambam long staff, silambam short staff, Silambam staff with fireball, Elastic Blades (Surul Pattai) , etc.



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  • AYURVEDA

    Traditional remedies and therapy originated from India which used since few thousand years ago. Āyurvéda ( Sanskrit : Āyurvéda आयुर्वेद, "life-knowledge"; English pronunciation :ˌaɪ.ərˈveɪdə ) or Āyurvédic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. The oldest known Āyurvédic texts are the Suśruta Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā. These Classical Sanskrit encyclopedias of medicine are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda. The Siddha Medicine is one of the oldest medical systems known to mankind. Contemporary Tamizh literature holds that the system of Siddha medicine originated in Southern India, in the state of Tamil Nadu, as part of the trio Indian medicines - Āyurvéda, siddha and unani. Reported to have surfaced more than 10,000 years ago, the Siddha system of medicine is considered one of the most ancient traditional medical systems.



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  • SILAMBAM GALLERY
  • EVENTS

    14 Jan 2016 (Thu) 15:00pm (GMT +8)
    Officially registered Murugan Silambam Academy with Government (SSM, Malaysia) with licence Reg.No. 002504438-K - for martial arts training (Silambam & Kuttu Varisai), Yoga & Meditation (personal trainer / workshop / teacher training), Varma Kalai etc.


    9 Jan 2016 (Sat) 10:30am - 12:00am (GMT +8)
    Annual meeting 2016 of One Malaysia Silambam Academy held at Sunway Mentari Selangor in Malaysia for election of new committee member from several different clubs. Founder - Silambam Academymbiga Arumugam as Chairman, Mahaguru Raja (Sentul) as Vice Chairman, Mahaguru Rajagopal as Mahaguru C and other committee titles elected. Special Guest (Newspress reporter): Vijay Veeran from Makkal Osai (Malaysia).


    17 Dec 2015 (Thu) 02:00am (GMT +8)
    Officially registered Silambam (Singapore) with licence Reg.No. 53325287C, after Government Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA, Singapore) received completed screening approval from government agencies - Singapore Standard Industrial Code (SSIC), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and, Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore


    01 Aug 2014 (Fri) 09:00am (GMT +8)
    Officially registered Silambam Academy (Singapore) with licence Reg.No. 53269224A, after Government Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA, Singapore) received completed screening approval from government agencies - Singapore Standard Industrial Code (SSIC), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and, Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore


    23 Jul 2014 (Wed) 07:45pm - 08:45pm (GMT +8)
    Silambam and Kuttu Varisai Workshop (Basic Introduction) in Xingnan Primary School, 5 Jurong West Street 91, Singapore 649036 for age group 8-9 years old.


    10 Jul 2014 (Thu) 10:30am (GMT +8)
    Enlisted Silambam Academy registration in Singapore. Before approval, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA, Singapore) had conducted referral screening with government agencies - Singapore Standard Industrial Code (SSIC), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and, Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore.


    14 Mar 2014 (Fri) 02:00pm - 03:00pm (GMT +8)
    Conducted Silambam Workshop (Basic Introduction) in Xinmin Primary School, 9 Hougang Avenue 8,
    Singapore 538784 for Primary 3 Cultural Camp 2014 -invitation by EduTrust Singapore.


    10 Aug 2013 (Sat) 03:00pm - 05:30pm (GMT +8)
    Silambam private class (beginner short-course of Kuttu Varisai) conducted in Subang Jaya, Selangor -Malaysia


    12 Jun 2013 (Wed) 09:30am (GMT +8)
    Interactive structure and comprehensive framework started for new Webdesign and Programming by : Master Murugan (Certified Yogi RYT-500)


    10 Jun 2013 (Mon) 01:47pm (GMT +8)
    Officially registered Silambam Academy with Government (SSM, Malaysia) with licence Reg.No. SA0263059-H - for training, exhibition, performance, write, publishing and research of Silambam and Varma Kalai.


    14 Dec 2012 (Fri) 03:30pm (GMT +8)
    Chief Instructor Master Ambiga had established new name, "One Malaysia Silambam Academy" ( Registration No. 002183758-K ) under Companies Commission of Malaysia ( Business Registration Act 1956 ), which allowed Silambam Academy operational until 13 December 2017 - for silambam classes.