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Martial Arts in India?

Yoga is not the only physical form of practice from India. Multiple martial art forms like Varma Kalai, Kalaripayattu, Gatka, Silambam, Malla Yuddha, Mardani Khel, Thang Ta, amongst others, have originated from different regions of India. Many of them incorporate healing techniques along with physical combat training. From self-defense to spiritual exercises, these practices reflect rich cultural traditions and Indian history and include various forms of weapons and hand-to-hand training, depending on the art form.