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Kalaripayatt, kushti and the Indian warfare
Stanisław Tokarski
Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts 2011; 2(1):53-56
ICID: 1047132
Article type: Other
IC™ Value: 2.66
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The purpose of the present paper is not to provide the comprehensive review of the ancient roots of indian martial arts. nor it is intended as the introduction to old practices of the effective indian warfare, to some reviewers and critics used mainly for decorative functions and therefore not fitting modern self-defence. Our aim is to present the background of the best known contemporary indian martial arts in modern cultural contexts characteristic for one of the oldest civilisations of the world still nourished by a rich religious soil.
Although it is not seen at the first glance, our comparative approach has practical aims. The evaluation is based on access to indian texts, but interpretative dimension may depend upon Author's practical experience in polish national Judo Team and his active training (5 Dan) for about ten years. There is also important to add the experience of several visits to india, years of Oriental studies of the indian background and meetings with some indian experts in Bangalore, Delhi, Agra and Benares.
As travelling martial arts may loose in new cultural contexts their integrity and cohesive system of values important for the comprehensive understanding the sense and meaning of very highly specialised techniques, the study of indian warfare in original background and traditional imaginative contexts may help to recapture the strong values important for technical progress in combat sports deriving from contexts deeply rooted in traditional images and symbols. Resistance to accept the effectiveness of most ancient methods of training is rare. Critique is usually born on theoretical level, comes from misunderstanding the fundamentals of yogic anatomy and the purpose of Ayurvedic treatments, not on practical grounds.

ICID 1047132

DOI 10.5604/20815735.1047132

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