Cheena di

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The Traditional Martial Arts of Sri Lankans
Country of originSri Lanka Sri Lanka
CreatorSri Lanka
Olympic sportNo

Cheena di (Sinhalese: චීනාඩි, lit. Chinese fist or Chinese punch) is a Chinese-derived martial art from Sri Lanka.[1] According to folklore, it was first brought to Sri Lanka 1600 years ago by Shaolin monks on pilgrimage to the Temple of the Tooth.[2][3][4] 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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

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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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  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Wasala, Chinthana (1 September 2007). "'Angampora' the local martial art needs to be revived". Daily News. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  7. ^ Pathiravitana, S. (4 June 2004). "Our first ever woman Disave". The Island. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Sri Lankan martial arts - the Cheena di boys and girls". Sunday Observer. 24 September 2006. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 20 May 2012.