Kalaripayattu: The Mother of all martial arts.
Kalarippayattu one of the martial arts, consist of four major parts of training. Kolthari, Meithari, Angathari, Verumkai (Free Hand) are the main four sessions.
In this session of Kalarippayattu, trainees use their hands and legs instead of weapons. In Meithari, the trainee practices with the legs in two different styles: Valmpiri and Edampiri. Also they practice jumping styles such as Malarnnuchattam, Chavittipongal and Thirinjuchattam. Students can obtain maximum physical fitness and flexibility by doing Nilavittumarichilukal and some other steps (Chuvadukal). It includes 12 different types of physical exercise.
In Kolthari session the trainee learns to use wooden sticks with different lengths. Students use 9 chaan length stick in “Kettukari” and 3 chaan length stick in “Cheruvadi” for attacking and defending in Kolthari Fighting. “Otta” is elephant ivory shaped stick it’s also included in kolthari in the same way as in Kettukari and Cheruvadi.
In this session, the trainee uses Sharp metal weapons like Kuntham (lance), Urumi, Sword, and different types of daggers for attacking and defending in Angathari session.
After Angathari (Weapon Session) well trained disciples can use this technique to overcome an opponent without weapon. Verumkai (Free Hand) includes Adi, Thadavu, Ozhivu, Pidutham, Poottu, Earu, Eduthadi and Marmma techniques.
The above explains the four Kalarippayattu training sessions that allow anyone to easily learn Kalaripayattu through our different courses.Two hours practicing in the morning and two hours in the evening along with regular practitioners. While practising in the Kalari yard trainees can wear suitable sports clothing. At the time of practice, the trainees have to apply Kalari medicinal oil all over the body according to the Kalari training custom.