Adithada, also know as Indian kickboxing, is one of the few kickboxing styles that allows nine points of contact: knees, elbows, feet, fists and the forehead strikes. It incorporates elements of Muay Thai, Karate and kickboxing, with both grappling and striking concepts. Pressure points are also targeted during dueling.


The word adi means hitting and thada means to block.

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It is practiced mainly in southern Kerala and northern Sri Lanka as a preparation for southern kalari payat.

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Unarmed combat of one against two opponents (at 3:23).