India is a Land of Knowledge where many Gods and Saints have given Divine Knowledge to lead a good human life. Silambam is a common word now used in Tamil Nadu, for the martial art of stick-Fencing.
Silambam is a martial art originated from the indian sub continent. According to reseach, this form of martial art has been in existance for over 5000 years, even before the aryan race migrated to India. By this historic statement alone the martial art form of Silambam is said to be the oldest in the world.
Silambam is an age old art of stick fencing patronised the Chola, Chera, Pandiya Kings, who ruled Tamil Nadu in ancient India. It received royal portnage from all the Kings of Tamil Nadu beginning from the Sanggam era. The royal patronage was later taken over by the zamindars and Palayakars.
The soldiers of the King Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1760-1799) relied mainly on their powers in silambam in their warfare with the British Army. Silambam in the modern era has become an art of self defense both for men and women. It has develop in to a highly skillful sport renowned for its existing manoeuvres. Although, it goes by different names in different state in India.