Bandara to promote ‘Angampora’
‘Viswaja Vinthera’, the martial arts training centre in Maharagama
where the great Sri Lankan martial art ‘Angampora’ is taught, hosted a
special session to demonstrate the art of ‘Angampora’ recently.
This was hosted by the proprietor of the institute, Vageesha
Wickramawansha Bandara with the intention of popularising this art among
the community and making the people know what this art really is.
The session included an introduction on the Yoga and meditation
systems the `Angampora’ fighters have mastered, various kinds of fights,
brief intro on the equipments used in `Angampora’ and a special
demonstration with the swords performed by Bandara.
The game of Angampora is made to kill and the fighting art is based
on the moves of a tiger. But now it is mainly focused on tough
discipline, meditation and physical exercises which leads to a better
society. This is the only place in Sri Lanka where Angampora is taught
with Yoga techniques.
Some of the shots in Angampora are deadly and needs years of practice
to master. The game based on the theme, ‘one shot for one.
These secrets were earlier taught only to selected men of Maruwalliya
generation but for the sake of the game and because the game has to be
long lasted, Bandara has decided to teach this game to a few selected
However not all the students are taught everything and strict
discipline is needed to succeed. The finer part of the game is taught
only to the most trusted and faithful students.
“In the early stages, the students are punished for even the simplest
of mistakes. “There are more than 300 students currently under his
guidance and about 20 students with the best spirit of the game under
me” noted Bandara.
“We are very grateful if someone is willing for a sponsorship to get
this to the world. The world must know that we have inherited such an
important martial art that can challenge any other martial art. We are
ready to perform in front of anyone, but we are not ready to be a
commercial item” Bandara says.
For the sake of this true art, I would like to fight with anyone who
challenges for a deadly fight in front of any crowd, he added.