“Thunder or Diamond fist” is the literal translation of a South Asian combat form called Vajra Mushti. This “grappling” form of martial art is said to have originated from India, and involves the use of “wrestling” techniques. Furthermore, this combat form is essentially a style of wrestling that is extremely similar to the “Malla-Yuddha”. In addition, the surya namaskar i.e. salutations to the sun, shirshashana, a bethak, and a Indian style press up basically forms a major training component of this combat form.

a. History/origin of the Vajra Mushti:

Apparently, the Vajra-Mushti is said to have first come into existence in India during the Maurya dynasty. Furthermore, this form of wrestling was mainly practiced by a community known as “Jyestimalla” (i.e. high quality wrestlers) who essentially worshipped Lord Krishna and were Brahmins by caste. In fact, this community not only practiced “Vajra Mushti” but “Malla-Yuddha” as well.  It was during the colonial rule that this community known as “Jyesti” was referred to as “Jetti”.  Unfortunately, though the popularity of this martial art gradually waned over time post independence. However, it was in the 1980’s that Australian martial artist named John Will learnt this form of combat from a past master of this style. As of today, this combat form is usually practiced annually during the Mysore Dusshera Festival.

b. Weapon used in the Vajra Mushti:

The “hands and the feet” of the fighter is mainly used as a weapon in this combat style.

c. Technique used in the Vajra Mushti and training availability:

In terms of technique, a fighter essentially makes use of  a “grappling” technique to overcome an opponent. And so moves such as takedowns and submissions are frequently used. In addition, knee and elbow strikes are also used frequently in this combat form. Furthermore, locks are also often used by the wrestler to completely immobilize the right arm of the opponent. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world for this “grappling” form of combat.

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