The centuries old martial art – Kalaripayattu, and its movement techniques have gained a renewed significance in today’s scenario. Combat situations demanded extremely agile, strong and supple bodies that instantly obey the focused mind. The ancient warriors of Kerala, used Kalaripayattu techniques to prime their bodies and sharpen their reflexes. When faster lives are a compulsion, we still remain warriors - not on the battlefield but in the theatre of life. Through the practice of Kalaripayattu, we too can reduce the drag co-efficient of tension through calming the mind, improving the aerodynamics of mental alertness and keeping ourselves disease free with flexibility, nimbleness and suppleness, to corner with ease the chicanes of everyday life.
Kalari Gurukulam offers Residential Kalaripayattu classes,
Duration - 4 days
Ashtavadivu (8 animal poses)
Animal Movements 8
Leg exercise 6
Duration one month
Animal Movements 8
Leg exercise 6
Duration two years
Basics: . It introduces body conditioning exercises, stretching, basic hand and leg techniques, stances, and stepping. This exposure gives the new member a better foundation in order to enter the advanced levels in Kalaripayattu.
Body Toning Exercises: After few days of basic training in kalaripayattu, the trainee starts practice the Meipayattu (meaning the use of body). It is a series of exercises in 18 different lessons, designed to achieve peak physical fitness and flexibility of the body. In this level the training includes acrobatics, different types of flips and kicks too.
Weapon Combat: Training in weapons begins at the intermediate level, when there is a better understanding of the mechanics of movement and improved coordination. A weapon becomes an extension of one's body and a further test of one's skill. Weapons are taught in form sequences to responsible individuals.
Empty handed fighting techniques: Lastly the student will be imparted training in empty hand fighting techniques called Verum Kai Prayogam. Verum Kai Prayogam or unarmed fighting technique is the fourth stage of Kalari training. This is a unique method of offence and defense. In this technique, various holds, grips and locks are combined with knuckle and elbow hits directed at Marmas or vital points of the opponent's body. By this method one can disarm and disable an enemy completely. Usually, this kind of knowledge is not passed on indiscriminately to any one but only to those with a disciplined life who promises that the knowledge will not be misused.
Kalari Chikilsa - Marma Vidya: Kalari chikitsa or kalari treatment is an integral part of the kalari tradition. It is mainly used to treat sprains, fractures, cuts and similar injuries and was originally used as a form of treatment for the trainee's injuries. Kalari medication, with its own brand of potent oils, unguents and different types of bandages, is also popular among the general public.
The final training of a student includes in identifying the Marmas (deadly spots) in the human body. Marmas are energy points or the sacred points in the body, comparable to acupressure points. There are 108 Marmas which are associated to the nadis and charkas of yoga and can be used for balancing body and mind. Different ailments require specific massage techniques. The speed, the force, the number of strokes, the type of medicated oil used and the system of massage will vary depending on the patient's physical strength, age and ailment
Please contact Ranjan Mullaratt at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about kalari training.