About Kalaripayattu - Indian Martial Arts and Dance - We teach Both! Students Learn to Distinguish Both.
The word Kalaripayattu is a combination of two Malayalam words - kalari (training ground or battleground) and payattu (training of martial arts), which is roughly translated as “practice in the arts of the battlefield.” The word kalari is also found in two texts of Sangam literature, the Purananuru (verses 225, 237, 245, 356) and the Akananuru (verses 34, 231, 293), although the word kalari is used in these texts to describe a battlefield or combat arena rather than a specific martial art.
Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Warriors trained in Kalaripayattu would use very light, and basic body armor, as it was difficult to maintain flexibility and mobility while in heavy armor.