Kohima: Following a culturally vibrant display of Naga traditional folk songs, dances and other forms of art, a team of 17 members, including five women performers, wowed the spectators with their martial art skills on the eighth day of the ongoing Hornbill Festival in Kisama on Sunday.
The team, under the aegis of Nagaland Pencak Silat Association (NPSA), displayed Naga Kiti Silat, a traditional mixed form of art from Nagaland which encompasses the art form of Indonesia and various styles of martial arts and sports.
This art form involves striking, grappling techniques and throwing, alongside employing natural body movements and develops balance and economy of movement in each individual.
Formed on January 15, 2016, the team was led by Khevishe Sema as its president and is based in Dimapur. The association is registered under the state home department and affiliated to the Indian Pencak Silat Federation.
Incidentally, players of NPSA have won numerous awards at both regional and national levels. As per the association, the game ‘Silat’ is a valuable indigenous art, providing mental, spiritual, martial arts, as well as the sports aspect.
Besides providing career-oriented course, it also creates awareness on self-defence skills, particularly among the young female generation.