Kalarippayat (Malayalam for "exercises on the battle ground") or Kalarippayattu, short: Kalari, is an ancient martial art that originates from Kerala, South India.
Kalarippayat ist very good for children, because it strengthens their concentration, endurance and self-confidence. Kalarippayat is the ideal compensation for stress from school and develops joy of exercising.
It is typical for kalarippayat-training that new and advanced students train together. Every training starts with warm up, strength and fexibility exercises followed by different leg exercises, kicks and bodypositions.
barehand technique elephant position horse position otta
Meyapayattu - bodyforms
Koltari - wooden weapon
The second level of Kalari is koltharippayattu or training with wooden weapons. Koltharippayattu knows a serie of exercises and forms with wooden weapons of different forms and lengths. There are: Pandirujan, Kettukari, Muchan, Otta, Marmakol and Gada. You do the training of attacks and defenses with weapons in pairs.
Verumkai - freehand technique
Verumkai means that you being unarmed face somebody with or without a weapon. This is the fourth and most advanced level of kalari training. In kalarippayat, every part of the body is considered a weapon: fist, knee, elbow etc. You use them for hits, pushes, kicks and locks as techniques for attack and defense. Hits and kicks are directed towards the marmas (vital points) on the body of the opponent.