Published On: Wed, Nov 24th, 2010

Adithada

Adithada refers to the preliminary empty hand techniques of southern kalari payat practiced in southern Kerala, Kanyakumari and northern Sri Lanka. The word adi means hitting and thada means to block. It is similar to kickboxing, Muay Thai, and karate. Adithada incorporates both grappling and striking concepts, and a detailed study of pressure points. Practitioners are trained in using bare knuckles, feet, knees, elbows and forehead as preparation for weapons training which is the basis of southern kalari payat.

This art is very similar to Muay Thai, Kickboxing. Fighter make use of their feet, hand, knees, elbows, and forehead to land strikes. Grappling is incorporated as part of this art and take downs are allowed. Pressure points are also targeted during combat. “Adi” stands for hitting and “thada” means block.

It is largely practiced in southern Kerala, southern Tamil Nadu and northern Sri Lanka. It has both grappling and striking concepts, and a detailed study of pressure points. Disciples of Adithada are trained in using bare knuckles, feet, knees, elbows and forehead.

Alex Doss, President of the Tamil Sangam at San Diego State University, claims that Adithada later evolved into Muay Thai and various forms of kickboxing in other countries of Indochina, such as Cambodia, Laos and Burma. The art was one of many martial arts supressed to obscurity by the British Raj during it’s occupation of India.

It is largely practiced in southern Kerala, Kanyakumari and northern Sri Lanka. It has both grappling and striking concepts, and a detailed study of pressure points. Practioners of Adithada are trained in using bare knuckles, feet, knees, elbows and forehead.

It is largely practiced in southern Kerala, southern Tamil Nadu and northern Sri Lanka. It has both grappling and striking concepts, and a detailed study of pressure points.

The art was one of many martial arts supressed to obscurity by the British Raj during it’s occupation of India.

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