Varma Kalai is an ancient Indian martial art that is practiced in Tamil Nadu in Southern India. It originated from an ancient healing technique called Varma Cuttiran which deals with the body's vital pressure points (see also Dim Mak). Varma Kalai emphasizes self-defence by hitting these vital points without producing much harm to the opponent. Although this art involves very little vilolence, one can heal, maim or even kill someone depending on what part of the body is hit and how much pressure is applied. One who teaches and masters this art is called aasaan, and even today it is still taught and practiced in Tamil Nadu.