Friday, September 7, 2007

Martial Arts

Kalarippayattu is the oldest martial art in the world.
The earliest mention of the concept "marmam" (A term used in Kalarippayattu : pressure points of the human body) dates back to the Rig Veda where Indra is said to have defeated Vritra by attacking his marmam with his vajra.
References to marman is also found in the Atharva Veda
The Chinese martial art Shaolin chuan traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma, an Indian Buddhist monk who was a Kalaripayattu expert.

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