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Adithada (Tamil: அடிதட), originally known as Adithadi is the Tamil martial arts preliminary empty hand techniques of Adimurai[1] 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.[2] Adithada / Adithadi incorporates both grappling and striking concepts, and a detailed study of pressure points.[citation needed] Practitioners are trained in using bare knuckles, feet, knees, elbows and forehead as preparation for weapons training.[3][4][citation needed]

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  1. ^ Luijendijk, D.H. (2005) Kalarippayat: India's Ancient Martial Art, Paladin Press, ISBN 1-58160-480-7
  2. ^ Dictionnaire Encyclopédique des Arts Martiaux & Sports de Combat Archived January 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. (in French)
  3. ^ "Blended Kenpo - To make techniques found in Kenpo usable in a real self defense situation". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ Webmaster, Sangam. "Thamizhar Martial Arts". Retrieved 6 April 2018.