URUMI – A Bizarre Ancient Weapon from India


Hey guys, today we are going to look at an
ancient Indian weapon known as ‘Urumi’. This is how it looks, now, is it a sword? Or is it a whip? It is a combination of both, it is a flexible
metal weapon with several blades. Urumi is quite popular in the Indian state
of Kerala, where many people still practice and even carry it in their belt for self-defense. Yes, it can be neatly curled up and tied around
your body, just like a belt. Unlike most other weapons like knives or shields,
the Urumi cannot be used effectively by a beginner. This is why it is known as a very bizarre
and complicated weapon. It is not only dangerous for the enemy, it
is equally dangerous for the user as well, because if you make one mistake while using
it, you can get seriously hurt. So, this is not a user-friendly weapon. It takes many years of practice before you
can master this weapon and use it effectively. Here you are looking at an antique Urumi,
at least a hundred years old. My friend Jayesh collects antique weapons
and has been documenting these things for many years. While weapons like swords will make deep cuts
in the skin and can cause instant death, the Urumi is different. It will make your skin and some flesh peel
out with every blow, but a single blow is usually not lethal. In this antique piece, the blades have become
blunt, so you can see that it is not cutting this banana stem, but imagine a brand new
Urumi attacking a person, it can cause some serious damage. In English we can call it as a flexible sword
or even a metal whip and it usually has a simple wooden handle. Historians believe that the Urumi was invented
around 300 BC, about 2300 years ago in India. Remember, I have showed you some very interesting
weapons like the man-catcher on my channel, but Urumi is a very effective defense weapon,
especially if you are fighting against multiple enemies.. If you are surrounded my many opponents, Urumi
can be used to create a defensive sphere around you, and no one will be able to even come
close to you. This can be very useful and is considered
as a part of ancient martial arts used for self-defense. In the ancient Indian martial arts system
known as KalariPayattu, this weapon is considered very important. In this martial arts system, the Urumi is
the last weapon to be taught, because it is so difficult to master this weapon. A well-trained fighter is capable of handling
2 Urumis at the same time. Imagine fighting against a person wielding
2 Urumis at the same time, it can be twice as deadly. The only way you can fight him, is by using
2 Urumis yourself. Watching 2 guys use 4 Urumis is a very interesting
sight. In the state of Punjab, the Urumi is used
with some variations. Here you can see how the Urumi is used with
ease, it has almost become a demonstration weapon. Some Urumis only have one blade and sometimes
there are up to 32 blades in a single weapon. I hope you liked this video, I am Praveen
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100 thoughts on “URUMI – A Bizarre Ancient Weapon from India

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  3. Sad to here about demonetization on your videos….Youtube should understand that your content only shows truth and not create controversial stories or criticise someone….

  4. We Hindus are dying for the last 1000 years because we have left the weapon culture…vedic wisdom along with weapon culture will bring the glories of hindus back

  5. Weapon need flexible metal so it can work like that. Poor quality metal sheet would shattered quite fast. Serious metallurgy at 300 B.C.

  6. No wonder why so many invaders were never able to conquer the entire South India except Britishers due to power vacuum and the internal conflicts of the royal family members.

    The modern martial arts is influenced by Kalaripayatu

  7. Is this hat Ajay Devgand used in movie Lajja? Thank you for sharing this video andf by the looks of it, you became a one-man worrier.

  8. Kalari payirru is Tamils Marshall art, there is nothing called “indian” things. Only Europeans with half baked knowledge about us branded as Indian, similar way we call all of them as Europeans.

  9. We don't think much about how such a thing is manufactured today. We see lots of metal strips like this every day. With some blacksmithing skills I can say that this weapon was either VERY difficult to produce by hand or they had hot-rolling technology. Would it be surprising at all to discover that ancient India had such technology?

  10. However it is really weak againts big shield like romans did. Cannot use in thight formation. And really hard to master.

    However really effective personal weapon. Light, easy to carry, hidden. Weapon that ninja will use. Also it is really effective againts mob and not as fatal as sword.

  11. Thank you ☺️ you always very interested, I so Baji Rao and the story said he won some many battle with that weapon! . Thank you again I enjoy always . Big hugs 🤗

  12. Actually its not an indian weapon at all. This weapon is called welayudhaya. its a weapon used by Angam, ilangam and maayangam warriors of sri lanka under king Ravanas name. during the south indian kalinga-maagha invation they imitated hela unique yakka weapons.

  13. The Great Maratha King Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also used this weapon effectively against Islamic Invadors.
    In Maharashtra we call it as Patta or Dandpatta. The veterans who use Patta will be called as Pattait (पट्टाईत or पटाईत). The Extremely skilled warrior is called as Pattait.

  14. Wow, this was so interesting, I wonder how it came about. I can understand how it can only be wielded by the fully trained.
    Thank you for posting

  15. Praveen! Thank you so much for this video. It has been very interesting to see it being used. It would be interesting to see what it could do to an animal carcass.
    Totally loving your work!

  16. Hi Praveen. I liked the way you explored the temples, their architecture, carvings, etc in South India. If possible do explore the same in North India too.

  17. This weapon was used to wrap it around the arms of the enemy and pull it, it resulted in shredding and removing of skin and muscles of enemy arms which led to blood loss and painful death.

  18. That was a very unique weapon I wouldn't want to come against. Very cool video and love to learn about India and its history. Thanks!

  19. Hi, thank God u didn't change the name or the track. We liked this video. Hope this interests people to learn this art 😏

  20. Nunchaka with long flex blades… no doubt a ingenious and badass weapon. Perhaps a proper katana could slice through the blades, but as you say you have to get close enough to do anything without being flayed.

  21. Boomerang is sophisticated in it's simplicity. I only just understand now at age 33 because I now know how energy fields work.

  22. While everyone are commenting about the sword…I'm thinking about the blacksmiths who made them,they must have had remarkable knowledge and skill to make these things…

  23. So awesome! I want the belt kind.They should give that weapon to a bad guy in an Ironman movie except make it electrified it would be awsome

  24. This channel is very cool. Always blowing my mind. I want to visit india to see if I can get my vision fixed. I wonder how hard it is to visit India. Do I need a visa? Is it expensive?

  25. India is a country rich in ancient history which is not yet known to other countries thank you praveen for doing this research its so informative for people like me whos always looking for something new

  26. I'm from Kerala. I always wanted one. I want to wear it around my waist, but to outsiders, it should only look like a regular belt. I think that is hard to do because of the handle.

  27. Kalaripayattu from Kerala, not India. North Indians in the comments thinking we are ISIS, converters. Then, Marthanda Varma belongs only to Kerala, not India. Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics only belongs to Kerala. North Indians come to work in Kerala and spit pan paraag, he will get slashed with Urumi. Vegetarian pu$$ies!

  28. The name urumi is a tamil word. And there is a reason why we call it that, urumi literally means a device that makes grunting noise. Usually dogs and other animals makes grunting noise when they are angry it sounds something like Grrrrr. Likewise this device when moved the 3 blades vibrates due to air friction and causes a similar grunting noise hence the name urumi

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