Adithada

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Adithada (Malayalam :??? ?? , Tamil:?????) (Adi means hitting and thada means block) is a martial art originating from erstwhile Travancore regions in South India comprising southern Kerala and the Kanyakumari district which was later ceded to Tamil Nadu. Adithada is similar to Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Karate.[1] It is often referred to as the southern style of Kalari Payattu.[2]

It is largely practiced in southern Kerala, Kanyakumari and northern Sri Lanka. It has both grappling and striking concepts, and a detailed study of pressure points. Practitioners of Adithada are trained in using bare knuckles, feet, knees, elbows and forehead.[citation needed]