There are four types of Varmam based on attack:
Paddu Varmam : 12 Vital points that are fatal, causing immediate severe effects upon the victim.
Thodu Varmam : 96 Vital points triggered by a touch not deadly but will affect the victim by disabling the body,organ movements and function.
Nokku Varmam: Triggering vital points by focusing/concentrating on the target. it takes several years of practice for one to become an expert in Nokku varmam.
Thattu Varmam: Decisive vital points that are used by the master. These are kept confidential until the masters pass on the knowledge to the selected disciple.
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