Kalaripayattu : The Oldest Martial Art

?Kalaripayattu, the oldest and most scientific martial art form in the world was perhaps developed in Kerala during the 11th century, which witnessed constant battles. The martial art form is taught at the Kalari (training school), which are also centers of indigenous medical practices and religious worship. The training starts with oil massage which makes the body flexible and supple. The trainees are first made to learn Chattom (jumping), Ottam (running), Marichil (some??sault), etc. And later on trained in skills of using weapons like daggers, swords, spears, urumi (a flexible metal sword), maces, the bow and arrow, wooden poles, etc. Finally, the students are given the knowledge of defeating an opponent by applying pressure to nerve points. Kalaripayattu education aims at the ultimate co-ordination of the mind and body. The two streams that emerged from Kalaripayattu are the “chavverpada” or the suicide squad and the “chekavan”, warriors who fight to the death.

Kalaripayattu is a thrilling and dangerous dance form that holds links with the dance forms of Kerala and martial arts. This makes it an integral part of the history of Kerala. Very fewer people know are aware of its role in inventing the world-famous Martial Arts. So on your next trip to Kerala, prep up yourself for a captivating Kalaripayattu!

Khushi Anand

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