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    I was searching for some videos of Kalaripayattu, because it has this crazy-ass flexible sword called urumi, and I wanted to see if it was as impractical as it sounded.



    Wikipedia quotes "Incorrect use can result in the flexible sword wounding its wielder", which reminds us of the mythical nunchaku, a weapon equally prone to inflict self-injury, unless you're dear Uncle Ruckus and not some punk ass lazy negro.



    I've also come upon this. Intimidating stares and sweaty armpits are sure to invoke the prowess of the great Striped Beast of Bengala!



    Is there anything resembling a true man's combat sport in the whole of India that doesn't look like some yoga off-shoot?
    Help me, Bullshido!

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    PPS: Seems white people look twice as silly doing it.
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    Is there anything resembling a true man's combat sport in the whole of India that doesn't look like some yoga off-shoot?
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    Yes: Pehlwani, which is wrestling. Bruce Lee and Matt Furey's workouts draw a lot from it. Pehlwani is also the source of meel (Indian clubs) and gada (mace) training, which is something I do personally (and its why my Indian girlfriend calls me her pehlwan).

    Indian certainly does have some very fanciful martial arts though. At least they emphasize athleticism- lots of crappy martial arts are both ineffective and a crappy workout.

    Speaking of the urimi, I thought it was pretty badass looking in the movie Asoka:

    I don't think its a great weapon, but its pretty neat. I like the audio feedback.

    Fun fact: American pro wrestling is pretty big in India (I suspect cause of the drama).

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    Don't let the smooth taste fool you.

    These are the same guys that bring elephants to sword fights.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Porcelain_Ninja View Post
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    I was searching for some videos of Kalaripayattu, because it has this crazy-ass flexible sword called urumi, and I wanted to see if it was as impractical as it sounded.



    Wikipedia quotes "Incorrect use can result in the flexible sword wounding its wielder", which reminds us of the mythical nunchaku, a weapon equally prone to inflict self-injury, unless you're dear Uncle Ruckus and not some punk ass lazy negro.



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    I would bet, dollars-to-doughnuts, that Walpurgis from MS I.33 (The Tower Fetchbuch) could beat the crap out of anyone you've mentioned in your post, and she has been dead for most of 1000 years! (When she was alive, though, she was much better with a sword and shield than they were.)

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    I'm not sure if its a "Combat sport" but there's a group called Shastar Vidya who do some form of North Indian MA which is very interesting. I believe Chili Pepper has trained with them a fair bit. Lots of live blades, not a lot of visible sparring, but interesting none the less.

    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmKwG-MLWydesnshoVDxmrw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
    I'm not sure if its a "Combat sport" but there's a group called Shastar Vidya who do some form of North Indian MA which is very interesting. I believe Chili Pepper has trained with them a fair bit. Lots of live blades, not a lot of visible sparring, but interesting none the less.
    Shastar Vidya was the feature of a thread in YMAS a few years ago. . . I can't recall much about it, but do remember it being pretty solidly concluded that the art wasn't worth terribly much.

    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=110473

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    It's funny in a kind of "my dad is bigger than your dad" way but it's a good show for looking at some exotic weapons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eudemic View Post
    Shastar Vidya was the feature of a thread in YMAS a few years ago. . . I can't recall much about it, but do remember it being pretty solidly concluded that the art wasn't worth terribly much.
    I would put it in the category of "exotics" - a terrible idea as a base art, but there's some excellent dirty tricks to add to one's repetoire.

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    Please allow me to offer my apologies. I didn't reread that thread at all before posting the link, and after I had finished reading through it again I realized that my memory was more than a little faulty. . .

    (Also, that Rajput vs. Centurion vid was very silly.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili Pepper View Post
    I would put it in the category of "exotics" - a terrible idea as a base art, but there's some excellent dirty tricks to add to one's repetoire.
    Coincidentally, this is how I'd describe a trident in your hat and blades on your war shoes.

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