Adithada (Tamil: அடிதட), originally known as Adithadi is the Tamil martial arts preliminary empty hand techniques of Adimurai practiced in Tamil Nadu and northern Sri Lanka. The word adi means hitting and thada means to block. It is similar to Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Vale Tudo, Bokator and Karate. Adithada / Adithadi incorporates both grappling and striking concepts, and a detailed study of pressure points. Practitioners are trained in using bare knuckles, feet, knees, elbows and forehead as preparation for weapons training.
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