Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a number of reasons: as self-defense, military and law enforcement applications, mental and spiritual development, and cultural heritage.
Adimurai is a martial art originating in Tamilakam. It was traditionally practiced in erstwhile Travancore and in Kanyakumari district. Its preliminary empty-hand techniques are called Adithada and application of vital points are called Varma Adi, although these terms are sometimes interchangeably used to refer to the martial art itself. Adimurai is a portmanteau in the Tamil language where adi means “to hit or strike” and murai means method or procedure. This ancient fighting style is mentioned in Tamil Sangam literature 400 BCE. In modern period it is used with armed art of Tamil.