Similar to boxing, this is an ancient, bare-knuckle system of fighting, practiced in Banares, northern India. Players are known for their devastating fist striking techniques, and for the exercises they undertake to tone and harden their fists, which include repeatedly striking solid objects such as bricks and stones. Smashing a coconut with a bare fist is a test of strength for which many are famed.
Practitioners claim the art is a full system of physical, emotional, and intellectual development. However, during practice matches between individuals it has been noted that, on occasion, the fights turn into “free-for-alls.” Team members and spectators join in the fray and continue until one group forced to withdraw, signifying victory for the other group.
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