Explore The Hidden Secrets of 9th Century Martial Art “Kalaripayattu”
Kalari is the only martial art that involves extensive exercises.
Below are some of the interesting facts about Kalari:
In the kalari context, it refers to kicks as well as leg-raising exercises to increase flexibility.
is a compound of kai (hand), kuthi (hit) & payattu (exercise). It consists of punches, leg moves, stretches, twists, and jumps performed in a particular sequence. It is preceded by warm-ups or mukakattu its complexity increases from one level to another.
Chumattadi teaches how to attack & defend against multiple opponents from all sides. This exercise should be practiced with intense speed & power.
Meipayattu concentrates on flexibility it is said to make the practitioner aggressive and increase battle awareness.
Adithada:Involves Hit & block . Unlike the exercises mentioned above, adithada requires two or more practitioners. When 1 exponent attacks, the other blocks & then counter-attacks..
Ottotharam teaches how to use attacks as a form of defense. As with adithada, it is practiced by 2 exponent but the number can be increased as the students gain experience.
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