"தென் பொதிகை நாதன் துணையால் பாடி வைத்தேன் முறை நன்றாமே"
Jatavarman Pandiyan (or) Sadaiyavarman a Pandiya king who learnt varmakkalai was a very brave and ambitious warrior king who has won several wars. Though varmakkalai was founded in Pandiya kingdom and slowly disappeared here, it was developed by Chola kings and then this art went to Sri-Lanka, China, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and other foreign countries.
These are some of the incidents quoted about him in the book called as JA (Journal Asiatique in page 199 to 209) wirtten by Édouard Chavannes.
T'oung Pao, Vol. II co-edited by Chavannes has reference about Gunavarmar in page 193 to 206 published in 1904.
BEFEO VOL 4 (Page 274 to 275)
Only a person like Aasan Rajendran can interpret these references and co-relate it, who has himself demonstrated and practiced Varmakkalai & Nokkuvarmam it for more than 45 years.
As per a stanza from a song written by Sage Agasthiyar which indicates who will be able to learn this art.
"கர்ம வினைகள் அவமிருந்து வந்து கூடி விட்ட குறை தொட்ட குறை என விழம்பலாச்சே"
"karma vinaigal avamirunthu vandhu koodi vitta kurai thotta kurai ena vizhambalachae"
On one of the Shaolin Temple walls, a fresco can be seen, showing dark-skinned (Indian) monk, teaching lighter-skinned (Chinese) monks the art of bare-handed fighting skills.” Under this painting, the words “Tenjiku Naranokaku” are inscribed in Chinese, which translates in English to “The fighting techniques to train the body from India”, supporting the view that Bodhidharma's exercises were in fact the reflection of the ancient Indian martial arts. Therefore, religious preaching of the Buddhist monks linked the systematic art of Self defense to the world by crossing the borders of the Indian sub-continent.
As a Chinese Ambassador to USA, Hu Shih once said “India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border”.
"Ekambareshwarar Temple" in Kanchipuram was built by Pallava Kings which still has his statue of Karikala Cholan in the entrance or "mandapam" in Tamil. Why would Pallavas would keep a Chola king's statue in the temple they have built ?. The reason behind that is Karikalan has ruled Chola kingdon with Kanchipuram as capital for sometime, that's where he had varmakkalai "payirchi koodam" or "training centers". Later the capital was shifted to Tanjore for Chola kingdom. Only from him this art was passed on to Pallavas, one of the renowned Pallava king named as "Narasimhavarman" or "Narasimhavarma pallavan". There are many sculptures in this temple which shows the fighting stances of varmakkalai.