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Angampora: When the main weapon the human body

Angampora Ajantha MahantharachchiA central role is played by the human body. It is a way of fighting with swords and wooden weapons. Sri Lankan martial angampora dates back to antiquity.

 

Thus, the arms add extra strength and an aura of mysticism.Followed by the blessing of deities, and then put the branches dry in the shade and draw from them weapons.After careful observation of certain types of wood cut branches of trees, and this at a specific time after the astrological calculations.Iron for the throwing warriors carefully selected, special attention is devoted to selecting the wood for weapons and sticks.

 

 

In the skill angampora should be used in the past many as 32 different types of weapons, chiefly swords, bows and arrows, daggers, spears and sticks. A weapons are a major component of the fight. This is the human body, which weapon is used as an extension.

 

One of the interesting exercises angampore is as follows: student peeling coconuts with his bare hands, his comrades, who will turn to him and watching him.

 

 

A student of Sri Lanka's native martial art 'Angampora' husks a coconut with his bare hands while his compatriots watches. Normally, a full coconut is husked in the island using a short, pointed metal spear set upright on the ground. But here in this exercise, the coconut is husked with the bare hands and the faster one wins. This is not only a test of strength; it is a test of the capability of identifying the weak points of the whole nut so as to make a quick job of husking it. This form of combat teaches to identify the sensitive spots on a human body so as to direct blows or pressure on them. This may vary from a killing blow, a blow that kills a person after a specified time limit, making the opponent unconscious or paralysed and also delivering another blow to revive the disabled opponent. A notable feature of this art is its fast footwork and flowing jumps that are likened to a butterfly. A beginner is first taught basic warm-up exercises. Later, a student is taught more specialized exercises which are connected to the art. Once a student is found competent in performing these specialized exercises he or she progresses to the actual art of combat. Weapon exercises are also included in their training curriculum.

 

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Published on: 2011-05-21