Silambam is the famous stick fight practiced in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kuchi Vilaiyattu and Kambu Vilaiyattu. It was originally practiced with bamboo sticks; later, steel swords and shields were used.
The bamboo staff that is commonly used in this sport measures 5ft in length. Even today, students learn this art from competent teachers and display their prowess during celebrations.
Before the commencement of Silambam, the combatants pay salutations to Guru and to the four quarters.
In the sport, two persons opposing each other swirl the sticks.
In some instances, one person is surrounded by many opponents on all sides, and the attacked person in the center deals with the opponents.
Today, Silambam has become popular thanks to Tamil Movies.