Cheena di

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The Traditional Martial Arts of Sri Lankans
The Traditional Martial Arts of Sri Lankans
Country of origin Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Creator Sri Lanka
Olympic sport No

Cheena di (Sinhalese: චීනාඩි, lit. Chinese fist) is a Chinese-derived martial art from Sri Lanka.[1] According to folklore, it was first brought to Sri Lanka 1600 years ago by Tang monks in pilgrimage to visit the island's various Buddhist places of worship.[2][3] Its technique, weaponry and attire is similar to Angampora, which was influenced by Indian martial arts. The famous Disapathiniya of Sathara Korale of the Marawalliye faction who is credited to have preserved the art was trained in India.[4][5][6]

Cheena di is nearly extinct today, the art takes at least 15 years to master. However, some people can take less than 15 years to master, depending on how well you train.[7]

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  1. ^ Perera, Harshi (28 May 2013). "Angampora should be brought back to the limelight". Daily News. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Galle Art Trail Festival - feast for mind and heart" (PDF). The Island. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
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  4. ^ Hewavissenthi, Amal (6 March 2011). "A woman sword-fighter in Sri Lanka". Sunday Observer. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Wasala, Chinthana (1 September 2007). "'Angampora' the local martial art needs to be revived". Daily News. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Pathiravitana, S. (4 June 2004). "Our first ever woman Disave". The Island. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sri Lankan martial arts - the Cheena di boys and girls". Sunday Observer. 24 September 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2012.