KALARIPAYATTU


Aswani Kumar

Kalari Instructor

Kalaripayattu - The Orient's treasure trove, a gift to the modern world and the mother of all martial arts. Legend traces the 3000-year-old art form to Sage Parasurama- the master of all martial art forms and credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea.Kalaripayattu originated in ancient South India. Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma - an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.


Crafted in ancient South India drawing inspiration from the raw power and sinuous strength of the majestic animal forms - Lion, Tiger, Elephant, Wild Boar, Snake, and Crocodile ........ Kalaripayattu laid down the combat code of the Cholas, the Cheras and the Pandyas. Shrouded in deep mystery and mists of secrecy Kalaripayattu was taught by the masters in total isolation, away from prying eyes. Following the collapse of the princely states and the advent of free India - Kalaripayattu has lost its significance as a mortal combat code. In a Phoenix-like resurrection, Kalaripayattu is today emerging in a new avatar - an ancient art form - a source of inspiration for self-expression in dance forms - both traditional and contemporary, in theatre, in fitness and in movies too.

Kalaripayattu (sometimes shortened as Kalari) is an Indian martial arts and fighting system that originated in Kerala and practiced by warriors of Kerala. There is a mention about Tulunadan Kalari in the Northern ballads of chekavar in Malabar. In Kerala, the warriors belonged to all castes.[1] It is considered by some to be the oldest martial art still in existence, with its origin dating back to the 3rd century BCE.[2] Although Kalaripayattu is called The Mother Of All Martial Arts[3], it is factually incorrect since historical evidence points to the origin of martial arts at multiple locations in the world, much earlier than Kalaripayattu.Angampora in Sri Lanka has close connection with Kalari.

 

Marmashastram and massage

It is claimed that learned warriors could disable or kill their opponents by merely striking the correct marmam (vital point). This is taught only to the most promising and level-headed persons, to discourage misuse of the technique. Marmashastram stresses on the knowledge of marmam and is also used for marma treatment (marmachikitsa). This system of marma treatment comes under siddha vaidhyam, attributed to the sage Agastya and his disciples. Critics of kalaripayattu have pointed out that the application of marmam techniques against neutral outsiders has not always produced verifiable results.

The earliest mention of marmam is found in the Rig Veda, where Indra is said to have defeated Vritra by attacking his marmam with a vajra.[11] References to marmam are also found in the Atharva Veda.[12] With numerous other scattered references to vital points in Vedic and epic sources, it is certain that India's early martial artists knew about and practiced attacking or defending vital points.[5][page needed] Sushruta (c. 6th century BC) identified and defined 107 vital points of the human body in his Sushruta Samhita.[13] Of these 107 points, 64 were classified as being lethal if properly struck with a fist or stick.[8] Sushruta's work formed the basis of the medical discipline ayurveda, which was taught alongside various Indian martial arts that had an emphasis on vital points, such as varma kalai and marma adi.[8]

As a result of learning about the human body, Indian martial artists became knowledgeable in the field of traditional medicine and massage. Kalaripayattu teachers often provide massages (uzhichil) with medicinal oils to their students in order to increase their physical flexibility or to treat muscle injuries encountered during practice. Such massages are generally termed thirumal and the unique massage given to increase flexibility is known as katcha thirumal. It is said to be as sophisticated as the uzhichil treatment of Ayurveda. Kalaripayattu has borrowed extensively from Ayurveda and equally lends to it.

 

Kalari and Yoga

6 Nights 7 days

$380/-

The programme is available all Year.

A six day package of Kalari, Marma/Kalari Massage, Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga.

A perfectly designed six nights seven days stay in twin sharing room.

Daily Kalari, Massage, Yoga.

Four Marma/Kalari Massage.

One kerala kathakali live performance.

Six nights seven days Accommodation, veg. meals, Herbal drinks.

Personal guidance & assistance.

Shopping   & Heritage tour -  Can use all kinds of debits & credit cards.

Free Air Port Pickup upon arrival.

 

Daily schedule

7 am                -  Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Mudra

9 am                -  Herbal drink

9.30 am            - Pranayama, Meditation, Mudras

10.30 am          -   Break fast (Fruits, nuts, Dry Fruits)

12.30 pm          - Vegetarian lunch

4.30 pm            -    Marma/Kalari Massage

5.30 pm            -  Kalari Practice.

8 pm                 -    Dinner

 

 

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