Adimurai அடிமுறை

Adimurai is the martial art component of Varmakalai which was introduced in the Sangam period by the greatest of the Tamil Siddhars, Agasthiyar. There was patronage and usage during the Chera, Chola, and Pandava rules. However, during British rule with the usage of guns, Adimurai became obsolete and solely performing arts. Today, Adimurai is still practiced with great discipline, teaching self-defense and the connection between the body, mind, and spirit.


The word Adimurai originates from two Tamil words, “Adi” meaning to hit and “Murai” meaning method or way. Adimurai consists of varying stances and forms, known as chuvadus, that replicate the movement of animals like the tiger, snake, and eagle. Students perfect these forms and practice blocks, hits, locks, and kicks to prepare for any attack. Different districts and areas of Southern India have unique styles of Adimurai. The varying styles of Adimurai have different Aasans; earlier, the lack of cooperation between these Aasans had kept Adimurai from world attention. That is now changing, and STAR plays a role in this with its many performances.


STAR has used performances and knowledgeable teachers to spread awareness of this ancient martial art form here in the United States. STAR teaches adimurai to people of all ages. There are currently about 40 students learning Adimurai through STAR, which is constantly growing. Learning Adimurai includes learning and practicing Tamil values such as discipline, respect, and more, allowing students to connect further with their culture.

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