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This sword and spear art is most popular in Manipur and has origin; dating back to the 17th century. Used against the British during the Colonial wars, it was later banned in the period of the Colonial Raj, which lasted from 1891 to 1947.

Its main areas of study include ritualistic practice, tantric or esoter philosophical teaching, actual physical combat, performance involving the sword and spear, and dance routines—sometimes to the accompaniment of music. The routines help practitioners absorb the wide-ranging thrusting, slashin cutting, and blocking techniques, making these instinctive and teaching the body to perform complex maneuvers in a relaxed and rhythmical manner.


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