“Kalari” meaning “School” and “Payat” meaning combat, Kalarippayat is one of the advanced martial art form of the world and has reproduced many a hero whose exploits are celebrated in legends and folk songs.

                    In the past, each “desom” or locality had its Kalari or gymnasium, presided over by the guardian deity called “Kalari Paradevatha” or “Bhagavathy”. Most of the heroes  medieval Kerala where products of the Kalari system. Both boys and girls received training in the Kalari, it is the training and practice in the Kalari that are known by the term “Kalarippayat” and this is valued very much from the point of view of physical culture. The whole philosophy underlying Kalarippayattu is that system is to be used only for noble causes and never for self aggrandizement. The glorious days of Kalarippayattu had set with the dawn of the 17th Century, with increasing use of guns and cannons.

Kalarippayat is the exclusive martial arts legacy of Kerala, taken to China by the Buddhist monks which became the fabled model for the modern martial arts. Kalari ppayat encompasses an invigorationg Ayurvedic herbal treatment for chronic ailments like arthiritis and spondylosis, and a massaging regimen which repairs physiological damages and makes the body young and supple. The fracture treatment system, developed as a corollary of the rough and tumble world of martial arts, does away with the risk-ridden x-rays and hit-or-miss plaster-cast method.

Kalarippayat literally means 'acquired skill' of  art. It is the most comprehensive personal combat training shceme anywhere in the world. The training includes exercises to develop sharp reflexes for unarmed combat and techniques of combat using mace, spears, daggers and sword and shield. There is also a unique Kerala weapon- the lethal flexible sword, called the 'Urumi' which can be concealed as a waist belt.

Kalarippayat also includes the 'marma' treatment which identifies the vital nodal points(marmas) in the body (107 of them in all) for suitable pressing and nudging to correct muscular and neurological problems. The massaging may involve standing full length over the patient and applying pressure with the feet. The system is acknowledged superior to any other method of massage.



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