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China and Japan
Of the various countries which learnt the art of warfare
from India, China and Japan were the foremost.
Bodhidharma (A.D.520) went to China from
Kandhipuram (Kanchi) to spread Buddhism. He stayed
at the Shaolin monastery and preached Buddhist
ideologies. At that time he trained the local people in
the art of Varmakkalai. This is recorded in their book.
This art underwent many changes and came to be
known as Shaolin boxing (Shorinji Kempo) or Wu-Shu.
The Chinese and Japanese schools of this art agree
with 108 Varmam points. At present this art is
spreading among our people.

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Application & Approach
In various edited texts six types of Varmam are
mentioned. They start with Padu Varmam and
conclude with Nokku Varmam.
1. Padu Varmam: Varmam due to Injury
2. Thodu Varmam: Varmam due to Touch
3. Thattu Varmam: Varmam due to Blow
4. Thaduvu Varmam: Varmam due to Massage
5. Nakku Varmam: Varmam due to Licking
6. Nokku Varmam: Varmam due to Seeing/Sight

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Classification of Marma Sthanam

UDARKALAI: It divides the Varmas in to physical and


sensory locations. The 5 sensory organs and the Ida
Pingalai, Vala Pingalai, and Sushumnai.
UYIRKALAI: The passages for the excretion of motion,
urine, semen and cornea are said to belong to
uyirkalai. Any injury or affliction caused to the areas of
udarkalai, also affects uyirkalai.

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Birth of Marma/Varmam
Linga Sariram: The Astral body is known in India as
Linga Sariram. It is in this Astral body that varmams
are born. They form the blue print/matrix for the gross
physical body.
Sira naadis: The Sira naadis or fine meridians that
enliven the astral body is born of light. This luminous
body is known as Causal body. 3 out of the prominent
10 sira naadis, actually gives birth to varmams. They
are 1. Sushumnai 2. Ida pingalai 3. Vala pingalai.

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3 Sira Nadis & 12 Seats
Sira naadis: Each of the 3 Sira naadis (Sushumnai, Ida
pingalai, Vala pingalai), contain 4 varmams. Therefore
3 nadis x 4 varmams= 12 varmams.
12 Seats: These twelve varmams form the twelve seats
of uyirkalai and udarkalai. Hence they are called 12
Padu Varmam. The word Padu means lethal.

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Description of 12 Seats
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Names of 12 Lethal points

Adaippu Varmam

Athi surukki - small

Athi surukki - big

Urakka Kaalam

Urumik Kaalam

Kalladaik Kaalam

Sevikkuttik Kaalam

Thilatha Varmam

Thumik Kaalam

10

Natchathira Kaalam

11

Ner Varmam

12

Pidari Varmam

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12 Seats Tamil names
Tamil Names

Location

Yintang extra point

extra point

GV 25

GV 26

extra point

extra point

CV 22

CV 17

CV 12

CV 8

CV 4

CV 1

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Thodu Varmams
Each of the 12 Padu Varmam has 8 other related points
which together form the 96 Thodu Varmam.
The 12 Padu Varmams + 96 Thodu Varmams form the
total 108 vital points used in combat system.
The Thodu Varmam conditions too are caused by
injuries accidental as well as deliberate inflections,
typical of Padu Varmams.

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Thodu Varmam Group 1


Paduvarmam #1: ,

Thodu varmams
kondakolli
seerunkolli
pala varman
sundu varman
sanguthiri varman
kannadi kalam
ottu varman
saruthi varman

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Thodu Varmam Group 2


Paduvarmam #2:

Thodu varmams
alari varman
mennai varman
kone varman
patchi varman
moorthi kalam
nama varman
manthira kalam
utchi varman

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Thodu Varmam Group 3


Paduvarmam #3:

Thodu varmams
thummi kalam
thivalai
kathi kamam
kathi varman
munkamuntham
enthi kalam
mari varmam
thoosikam

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Thodu Varmam Group 4


Paduvarmam #4:

Thodu varmams
mailadi
anumar
varman
koombu varman
sakthi varman
udalsuruki varman
mundellu varman
vayu kalam

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Thodu Varmam Group 5


Paduvarmam #5:

Thodu varmams
karikkal varman
pada varman
uru varman
poruthu varman
vil varman
thatchanai kalam
sundothari varman
moli varman

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Thodu Varmam Group 6


Paduvarmam #6:

Thodu varmams
moothira kalam
kantha varman
retha kalam
kavali kalam
amirtha varman
vellai varman
kuthikal varman
thithi varman

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Thodu Varmam Group 7


Paduvarmam #7:

Thodu varmams
porchai kalam
kuttri kalam
poikai kalam
kamboori pala varman
asama kalam
minvetti
amarthal varman
Thoduvarmam 8 wip

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Thodu Varmam Group 8


Paduvarmam #8:

Thodu varmams
poonool
pinnal
arasa varman
azhal varman
mudichi varman
ottu varman
nimir varman
kooni varman

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Thodu Varmam Group 9


Paduvarmam #9:

Thodu varmams
salapuram
malapuram
pinakku varman
villurumi
vallurumi
vilangu varman
thattu varman
kakatai kalam

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Thodu Varmam Group 10


Paduvarmam #10:

Thodu varmams
moha varman
kaikati kalan
pallai
nangu
anthai varman
anna kalam
valampuri
idampuri

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Thodu Varmam Group 11


Paduvarmam #11:

Thodu varmams
pin kamunthan
eral varman
mun kamunthan
vallai varman
kevali varman
moli varman
manipantham
viboothi kalam

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Thodu Varmam Group 12


Paduvarmam #12:

Thodu varmams
Thoduvarmam 1
Thoduvarmam 2
Thoduvarmam 3
Thoduvarmam 4
Thoduvarmam 5
Thoduvarmam 6
Thoduvarmam 7
Thoduvarmam 8

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wip
wip
wip
wip
wip
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Varma Kandham 1

Above throat (Anterior)


Tamil Names

Location

St 1

LI 20

GB 7

GB 6

LI 18

IN DO

LI 20

GV 24

St 9

NILL

CV 23

St 4

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Above throat (Anterior)


Tamil Names

Location

St 11

Liv 13

CV 22

St 9

LI 17

St 11

NILL

LI 18

CV 22

BL 2

GB 1

(2 nos)

Si 19

TH 17

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Varma Kandham 2

Above throat (Posterior)


Tamil Names

Location

GV 20

GV 18

GV 16

GV 19

Si 18

GV 15

TH 22

GB 18

BL 10

BL 12

TH 16

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Varma Kandham 3

Below Neck (Anterior)


Tamil Names

Location

CV 20

CV 19

Ki 25

St 14

Ki 27

Ki 25

St 17

CV 12

CV 16

Liv 13

Liv 14

Liv 13

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Varma Kandham 3

Below Neck (Anterior)


Tamil Names

Location

Sp 16

CV 14

Sp 24

nill

CV 11

St 18

St 17

CV 15

CV 9

CV 7

CV 8

GB 26

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Varma Kandham 3

Below Neck (Anterior)


Tamil Names

Location

Ki 17

Ki 25



()

Sp 21

Ki 17

Ki 17

CV 7

St 26

Sp 20

Ki 14

BL 35

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Varma Kandham 4

Below Neck (Posterior)


Tamil Names

Location

GV 13

BL 12

GV 12

BL 14

BL 44

BL 47

BL 45

BL 17

BL 19

BL 42

BL 18

BL 43

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Varma Kandham 4

Below Neck (Posterior)


Tamil Names

Location

BL 46

BL 20

GV 6

GV 8

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Varma Kandham 5

Legs
Tamil Names

Location

Liv 3

St 42

Liv 2

BL 63

St 44

Sp 3

Liv 8

Sp 9

()

Liv 10

Liv 11

Sp 10

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Varma Kandham 6

Arms
Tamil Names

Location

nill

()

P2

P3

Si 6

H5

H3

H4

NILL

H2

LI 3

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The work is the outcome of talks and discussions held between


Grand Master Kirtie Kumar Futnani and Sensei Maxwell Jude
Anthony, in the years 1990~93. The research at the very roots of our
culture presents a comprehensive view on Varma Kalai