Varanasi – You might have heard about the martial arts of Varanasi. It was a popular art form in the 1960s, but is now rarely seen in Banaras. From musti (fist) and yuddha (fight) in Sanskrit, the name means “fist fight” (fight, fight and struggle). The art now usually refers to muqi boxing in Varanasi, the only surviving unarmed style . In the state of Punjab, an armed form of boxing known as loh-musti is still practiced, in which the wrestlers wear an iron ring in one hand, although this is no longer used for boxing. In Banaras, fist fighting is considered very helpful in physical, mental and spiritual development. Boxing is said to be a refined form of this traditional Indian martial art.