Martial arts in India are ancient but deadly. If you’ve ever wanted to skimp out over boring old gym workouts, connect with nature, and try out something new, then give martial arts a go. Not only do they promote fitness and wellbeing, but martials arts are a way of expressing yourself through flowing movements and impactful gestures. Your core gets conditioned, your cardiovascular health improves, and your body thanks you with a dose of mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing the minute you take up a martial arts practices. Besides, you get to face your fears and build up your character to new never-seen-before heights.
And the best part? You get to learn how to attack and defend too.
Here’s how the martial arts in India is taking off-
If you’ve watched Aamir Khan’s Dangal, you’ll know all about Kushti. Dating back to ancient times, Kushti is mostly practiced in Kohalpur and a handful regions in India. Over 200,000 spectators attend matches to see the fun and thrill of this sport in different regions around India.
Musti-Yudda is no masti for the beginner as it involves punches, kicks, and moves that send your opponents writhing away in agony. Unarmed and bearing resemblance to South Asian kickboxing styles, Musti-Yuddha originates from Varanasi and is sparsely practiced in different parts of India.
Silambam is an ancient martial art form that uses sticks and swift footwork as its primary mode of combat. Bamboo sticks are used in sparring sessions and these sticks hail from a region in Tamil Nadu. Silambam is positively touted for its well-structured fighting patterns and decisive tactics.
Silk-approved and time-tested, Gatka demonstrates self-discipline and expertise in martial arts through the skillful use of the “stick” and “farri” in combat. Gatka was designed and developed by the Sikhs and originates from Punjab.
Korean Martial arts is slowly making its way to India and gaining popularity in the martial arts scene in the country. The fifth edition of the National Hapkido Championship concluded in December 2017 and this art form is believed to have been derived from a style of Daito-Ryu Jujitsu.
Brazilian Jui Jitsu
Ever wanted to floor down opponents twice your size by using their own moves against them? Meet Brazilian Jui Jitsu. This martial art form uses hand-grappling techniques and is practiced in two forms – Gi and No-Gi. Emphasis is laid on ground fighting and Judo is also derived from it. Weapons are used in sparring sessions in Brazilian Jui Jitsu programs at Cult Fitness Bangalore.
The national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai is famous in India with many fitness centers and martial arts courses introducing beginners to its lessons and foundations. The body is trained, toughened, and transformed into a weapon through intense training sessions and Muay Thai was primarily designed for combat in wars using bare hands and feet. Primary techniques include cinching, stand-up strikes, roundhouse kicks, and elbow slashes.
If you are on the hunt for Martial Arts classes in the city, Cult Fitness Bangalore can help you with your fitness journey. Train under seasoned experts who are well versed in the art of cross-training, kickboxing, and Muay Thai and step up your game by experiencing the glorious benefits of martial arts today!