Two Dudes Doing Battle With Metal Whip-Swords (Urumi)

March 5, 2015


This is a video of two guys performing a choreographed battle with urumi, or metal whip swords. How they both didn't cut their own legs off is beyond me, but I suspect they're trained professionals and not just two guys they picked up off the street and offered $20 to kill each other. Per Wikipedia:

The urumi is a sword with a flexible whip-like blade from India. Originating in the country's southern states, it is thought to have existed as far back as the Maurya dynasty (~322-185 BC). The urumi is considered one of the most difficult weapons to master due to the risk of injuring oneself. It is treated as a steel whip, and therefore requires prior knowledge of that weapon. For this reason, the urumi is always taught last in the Indian martial arts.

Obviously, I just ordered some urumi online and have every intention of challenging my roommate to a battle to the death. What he doesn't know though is his urumi is actually just going to be a strip of cardboard covered in tin foil. Provided I don't accidentally kill myself, I think I've got this.

Keep going for the video, then go grab a metal tape-measure and practice yourself at home.

Thanks to Dunc, who informed me there are actually urumi with MULTIPLE blades, making them even more dangerous. Just kidding, he didn't tell me that, I just saw a picture on Wikipedia.

  • Bad Habit

    Still a completely useless weapon in a gun fight.

  • Kinkochan

    This weapon needs to be in the next Monster Hunter.

  • Jenness

    Grandpa was impressive. I mean, still kind of freaks me out how creative people can get w/ways they want to inflict serious damage on people they hate. Not only inventing this psychotic stuff but training their whole lives just for the change one day of tortuously maiming or killing someone. It's like....couldn't you use that evil skill to like...idk...invent a cure for assholes? oh wait, that IS the cure for assholes. Hmmmm...trippy.

  • Hazakabammer

    I think that weapon might be called a "flail." What do I know though.

  • Gotta love the Indian martial arts...

    All they are are two guys just flailing at each other, but thankfully, they've designed their weapons to take full advantage of said flailing.

  • Bling Nye

    Now whip it
    Into shape
    Shape it up
    Get straight
    Go forward
    Move ahead
    Try to detect it
    It's not too late
    To whip it
    Whip it good!

  • Fredrik Pettersen

    I had been even more impressed if they demonstrated after battle, if at all, how sharp these weapons really are. I know the article inform they are sharp. Unlike people of fate I still need to see it to believe it.

    Nothing personal towards religious people. That's just how I was put together by our almighty flying spaghetti monster. All hail his divine power and he's lovely sweet noodliness.

  • timeiskey

    these weapons are terrible.
    They were used for fear factor and were once symbolic, like the kris

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  • Michael Knight

    it does look a little choreographed.
    still, i wouldn't get in there.

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