Gurukulam

JOTHI SENTHIL KANNAN
Grand Master (Aasan), Performer, International Referee and Coach Born in 1976, Jothi Senthil Kannan originates from Pondicherry, South India, where he has practised Silambam and Kuthuvarisai since the age of five. Initiated into these ancient Tamil martial arts by his paternal grandfather, Jothi has established himself as one of the most accomplished disciples of Silambam in India, and indeed the world, by pursuing a rigorous training routine and disciplined lifestyle. Based in Pondicherry, he frequently visits East Asia and Europe, where Silambam has become more appreciated. In 2004 and 2005 he performed at the prestigious International Festival of Martial Arts, Bércy, Paris, the only Indian national to do so. Jothi is the President and Founder of the International Silambam and Kuthuvarisai Federation; a national coach and referee of Silambam for Pondicherry State, the Indian Silambam Federation, and the Pondicherry Pankration Athlima Association.

Silambam remains a deeply traditional art form of Tamil Nadu. It is passed down from master to student through years of rigorous daily practice. Today, young disciples remain under the constant guidance of their guru, as they practise to achieve physical balance and the perfect mastery of body and space. Among many of the techniques learnt are the natural mimicry of animal movements, namely, the cat, cock, monkey, snake and tiger. Ancient weapons of war have evolved into weapons of display, with skilled exponents of the art employing swords, knives, animal horns, fire and bamboo sticks to dazzling effect. Silambam also incorporates elements of folk dance whereby sinuous movement is combined with determined rhythmic cycles. Percussion instruments such as the ‘Pombai’ and ‘Udukkai’ are often played to accompany demonstrations of this ancient martial art.

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Silambam’s ancient grace, a dance with a staff’s embrace, Where tradition meets art, in every swing and pace. Mastering mind and body, in this martial symphony, Silambam’s heritage, a legacy for eternity.

HORIZONTAL TIMELINE

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Karlakattai

Training in Karla Kattai involves rigorous and repetitive practice to develop speed, strength, & precision in executing techniques.

Surul Silambam

Surul Silambam involves a wide range of techniques with the Surul Pattai, including strikes, blocks, spins, & grappling moves.

Varmakalai

Varmakalai incorporates a wide range of techniques, including strikes, kicks, joint locks, & pressure point manipulation.

Pudi Varisai

Proper footwork is crucial for balance, agility, and effective movement during combat.

Training Methods

Meditation

Years of Experience

Silambam

Daily Workouts

Surul Silambam

Long Stick

Karlakattai

Years of Experience

Varmakalai

Dasanadi Training