Kalarippayattu is the martial art form of Kerala and is considered to be one of the oldest forms of martial art in Indian and across the world. The word kalaripayattu is a combination of two words, namely, ‘kalari’ and ‘payattu’ which mean training ground and fight. This art is used as a means of unarmed self-defense and a way to achieve physical fitness today. Kalarippayattu has been used in many movies like Indian, Urumi, Asoka, 7aum Arivu and The Myth (Jackie Chan).
Silambam, Tamil Nadu
Silmabam or Silambattam is one of the most popular and ancient stick-martial art from Tamil Nadu. A wide variety of weapons are used in Silamban, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Closely linked to the Kerala martial art kalaripayattu, Silambam is promoted in TN by the rulers Pandya, Chola and Chera. Aside from its namesake, Silambam includes a variety of weapons such as the sword, twin sticks, double deer horns, whip, sword, shield and sword, dagger, flexible sword and sickle. Another part of Silambam is Kuttu varisai, it is the unarmed kind of martial art.