‘Silambattam’, which is based on stick fighting is one of the oldest traditional martial arts of Tamil Nadu, has become increasingly popular with tourists as they take up the art form, learning and mastering its intricate movements and techniques. This form of martial arts are widely seen in the rural areas and is considered as the best technique for self-defence and developing physique.
Kai Kuthu Sandai or Gusthi is a famous martial art of Tamil Nadu. It is very much similar to boxing. The opponents rain blows on each other and attempt to push the other down. Gusthi needs a lot of practice. The skilled fighters can defend themselves with bare hands against any weapon. This martial art form has become an entertainment activity during festivals in the rural areas.
Kabaddi originated in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The story of origination of kabaddi begins by hitting and running of a boy for a candy. The boy who was hit chased the boy who hit him, and hit him back and ran away and it goes on this way. Holding the breath while chasing was an added element when the game evolved. There are various names to this game in Tamil: kabaddi, sadugudu, gudugudu, palinjadugudu and sadugoodatthi (Tamil). The word Kabaddi may have originated from the Tamil words kai (hand) and pidi (catch).
Uriyadi (smashing the pot) is a spirited sport connected with some of the festivals of Tamilnadu. The colourfully decorated pot is hung from a tall pole. Enjoy the pleasure of breaking it with a stick as the crowd pulls it up and down. These are some of the most widely hosted activities in rural tamilnadu.