The performance of Silambattam begins with salutations to God, the opponent, spectators and teachers of the participants. Participants need to exhibit rapid foot movements and good control over body actions. It takes intense mental concentration, physical fitness and rigorous practice to perform a continuous sequence of Silambattam. During sports, players try to touch the opponent’s body by making use of silambu. The player who suffer the most number of touches, losses the contest.

There are lot of health benefits in learning Silambam. It is a good form of cardio exercise. It improves the flexibility of body and the reflex of the individual. It helps with muscle co-ordination and increases mental strength and agility.