Indian culture is very diverse and colorful, with an endless list of cultures such as cuisine, religion, martial arts, traditional games … to Kalaripayattu – an intangible cultural heritage of India.
Kalaripayattu was born in the 3rd century BC. With a history of more than 3000 years of history, Kalaripayattu is considered to be the oldest martial art that exists to this day. Not only long, this type of martial arts is also considered to be the most scientific, noble and most refined martial art of martial arts.
Kalaripayattu was born and developed in Kerala, it is the pride of the Kerala people when this type of martial arts is recognized and respected around the world.
Each martial art has its own martial art form, Kalaripayattu is no exception, when this martial art practice is not only focused on physical training but also the mental training, about the energy system of the body.
Kalaripayattu focuses on training both physically and mentally
Kalaripayattu performs the exercise on the principle of: Mastering your body, promoting your own strength, increasing stamina; movement speed is faster than the opponent’s eye; Good control of weapons.
Specifically, the Kalaripayattu practice begins with massage exercises, applying oil all over the body, followed by a bare-handed exercise on agility and flexibility with movements such as chattom (jumping), ottam (run) and marichil (acrobatics). In addition, there are exercises about using weapons such as swords, maces, short or long metal rods, spears, shields and bows.
The weapons used in Kalaripayattu
Due to the diversity of this art form, during the British rule in India, they banned the practice of Kalaripayattu absolutely in this country. At that time, Kalaripayattu was almost extinct in the country in which it was born.
But perhaps, the people of India understand the value of Kalaripayattu – they can’t afford to lose a wonderful cultural heritage. In fact, through the struggle and effort of dedicated people such as CV Narayanan Nair, Kottackal Kanaran, this martial art was revived.
And to this day, Kalaripayattu exists, growing in popularity all over the world, by mixing yoga, meditation, relaxation and self-defense techniques.
The development of modern Kalaripayattu
Now, Kalaripayattu is no longer a limited martial art in combat techniques, but it developed with the purpose of harnessing the potential power of man to create the most ideal body such as increasing self strength, Patience, concentration, body flexibility and endurance.