The art of sword and spear
Manipur, the Land of Jewels, has its own tradition of martial art. Thang-ta is the traditional martial art of Manipur and is closely related to the culture of this small north-eastern state.
The proper name of Thang-Ta, Huyen Lallong, literally means ‘the method of safeguarding’. An elaborate combination of physical as well as mental skills is involved in this system of fighting.
Thang-Ta is an integral part of the heroic tradition of Manipur. The movements are swift, stylized, harmonious and well-controlled. Swords, shields, daggers and spears are used in this martial art.