Sri Lanka has two types of
martial arts, namely Cheena di and Angampora.
Cheena di meaning "Chinese Punch" is an ancient kung fu style in Sri
Lanka which was taught to locals by the Chinese monks who visited
Sri Lanka on pilgrimages.
Angampora is the combat system native to the country. The exact date
of the origin of Angampora is not known but it dates back to the
Anuradhapura era (4th century BC - 11th century AD), the time when the Sinhala kingdoms were existing.
In those days it was a fighting technique between noblemen.
Angampora was taught to soldiers during the pre-colonial period but
was banned during the colonial times.
Hence was taught in secrecy and even now its taught only to a few.
Sward, Dagger, Staff, Spear, Bow and the Arrow are the weapons used
in this style. This style also employs a unique weapon consisting of
a metal whip with serrations.