Kalarippayattu is a traditional martial art form of Kerala. It is an
oldest fighting systems in existence. Kalarippayattu includes
Strikes, Kicks, Grappling, preset forms, Locks or self – defence
techniques, weaponary and healing methods.
Mainly there are Three styles of Kalarippayattu in
Kerala. They are the Northern kalarippayattu ( Vadakkan Kalari) ,
Central Kalarippayattu ( Madhya kerala style) , and Southern
Kalarippayattu ( Thekkan style). In each style of kalari training
devived into 4 stages.
1, Meithari ( Flexibility of Body) ,
2, Kolthari ( Stick fight stage)
3 , Ankhathari ( weaponary stage),
4, Verum kai ( free hand fight)
Each Kalarippayattu has 2 parts
1, Martaial art
2, Kalari massage or treatment
Northern Kalarippayattu more emphasis on
weapons than on empty hands.ﾠ The northen style is distinguished by
its ” Meippayattu” – physical trainingﾠ and use of full- body oil
massage.ﾠ The purpose of medical oil massage is to increase the
practitioner’sﾠ flexibility, to treat muscle injuries incurred during
practice, or when a patient has problems related to the bone tissue,
the muscles or nerve system. Northern style give more emphasis for low
stances and flexibility of body
it Diverse distinctive techniques with heavy
emphasis on application, which are performed in floor paths known as
Southern Kalarippayattuﾠ mainly practice
in southern India. Fighting steps( chuvadukal) is more improtant in
1, Daily classes
2, Kalarippayattu Level 1
3, kalarippayattu Level 2
4, Kalarippayattu level 3
5, kalarippayattu Level 4
6, Kalarippayattu Level 5
Kalaripayattu – The Orient’s treasure trove, a gift to the modern world and the mother of all martial arts. Legend traces the 3000-year-old art form to Sage Parasurama- the master of all martial art forms and credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kalaripayattu originated in ancient South India. Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma – an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.
Crafted in ancient South India drawing inspiration from the raw power and sinuous strength of the majestic animal forms – Lion, Tiger, Elephant, Wild Boar, Snake, and Crocodile …….. Kalaripayattu laid down the combat code of the Cholas, the Cheras and the Pandyas. Shrouded in deep mystery and mists of secrecy Kalaripayattu was taught by the masters in total isolation, away from prying eyes.
Following the collapse of the princely states and the advent of free India – Kalaripayattu has lost its significance as a mortal combat code. In a Phoenix-like resurrection, Kalaripayattu is today emerging in a new avatar – an ancient art form – a source of inspiration for self-expression in dance forms – both traditional and contemporary, in theatre, in fitness and in movies too.