Varma Kalai The Master of All Arts
Founding Varma Kalai Martial Arts
Varma Kalai is a famous ancient martial art of India. The people believed that this art originated from Lord Shiva. Once Goddess Parvathi had known about Varmam from Lord Shivan and conveyed the theme to his son Lord Murugan. He also taught the theme of Varmam to Agasthya. Then Agasthya wanted to survive this art for a long time, so he started to teach to the masses. He also had given the written form of the art techniques in Sanskrit verses. These original verses are not available now. However, the saints composed the Siddhas sayings as poetic verses. At present they are the sources to learn Varma Kalai. Now we have available around 50,000 songs, which are explaining entire learning of Varma Kalai.
Evolution of Marma Kalai
Before the composition of verses, the martial art form generated from one to another as Guru Sishya param para, once this was the traditional way of learning new concepts in Hinduism. At first, Agastya learned from Lord Murugan, later taught to Bhoga Muni, Ramadeva, Theraya, Pulippaani etc. These learned Gurus taught to their disciples, in this way the art reached to the common people. The tradition of Guru Sishya param para was the cause to evolutes this art at every corner of the society.
Techniques in the Martial Art
Marma Kalai is a martial art form of unarmed combat. During the Chola, Chera, and Pandya dynasty, the warriors didn;t like to fight against the unarmed soldiers. So they adopted this unarmed art to fight under any circumstances. They followed the kick boxing like art, traditional combat style and affinity towards pressure point system in the body. This art was famous at the border villages of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Especially, Kanyakumari and Nagercoil regions are famous for learning unarmed combat and Marma Adi techniques.
Study the concept of Marma Kalai
According to Marma Kalai, Varmam and Marmam are the main key points to control the body and vital concentration areas. These points are known as Varma clusters and causing to generate the vital force. In the body the pressure points, bone joints and Nerve junctions are called Varma Adi. The studying the nerve system, pressure points in the body and bone joints in systematic method called Varmam, knowing and action making of these system made the learned self defence during the combat with enemies. So this art is known as Varmam or Varma Kalai.