The Kalari is usually a pit in the ground which is designed to control the inside temperature naturally, without being affected by the weather outside. Such a design also allowed secret practice at the time of the British rule when Kalaripayattu was not permitted. Another unique feature of the Kalari is a floor made of clay mud that includes a mixture of medicinal substances such as turmeric. This mixture ensures that the floor is a very healthy surface to use for practice, providing healing to the body and any injuries caused during training.
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The Kalari is usually a pit in the ground which is designed to control the inside temperature naturally, without being affected by the weather outside. Such a design also allowed secret practice at the time of the British rule when Kalaripayattu was not permitted.
Another unique feature of the Kalari is a floor made of clay mud that includes a mixture of medicinal substances such as turmeric. This mixture ensures that the floor is a very healthy surface to use for practice, providing healing to the body and any injuries caused during training. Every student who wishes to start practising Kalaripayattu attends an initiation with Guruji.
The student may then observe some classes and afterward learn the basic salutations that are performed each session. After the mastery of these basic salutations, the intensity of the Kalaripayattu training gradually builds up.
This sequence allows the student to learn the syllabus in a structured manner. Class always starts with the lighting and salutation of the lamps inside the Kalari, as this space is considered a temple. Students then salute Bhoomi Mother Earth , in order to ask permission and forgiveness for practising in her lap.
Next the students perform the Pranaam salutation for the Guru, and then respect the entire Guru Parampara tradition. After they perform the Vandana Chuvadu first salutation form.
This form salutes the four directions, Mother Earth, God and the Guru, to ask for blessings for proper war footing. Only after this ritual does the training begin.
In terms of training with other students, students learn in combined classes with their classmates. However, instructors also provide personal attention according to their different learning processes. Students may also do self-practice outside of class and are encouraged to approach the instructors or Guruji with questions or doubts at any time. This allows students to truly focus on their own development according to their learning speed. They may therefore progress without distractions.
The syllabus consists of five levels, including basic, intermediate, advanced, senior and instructor levels. A student who practises the Kalaripayattu training daily can usually complete the syllabus of the basic level in about three months. After the basic level, the syllabus of the intermediate level takes about six months of daily practice. The advanced and senior levels then take at least one or two years to complete.
Finally, a practitioner who wishes to become an instructor must complete a minimum of five years of daily practice. These amounts of times are average indicators and may vary for each student depending on their physical condition and progress. However, even after learning the complete syllabus it takes years of regular practice with dedication, discipline and devotion to perfect the art.
Learning Kalaripayattu occurs not just inside the Kalari but outside the class as well. Since the art aims to build the character of the student, physical practice is not enough. The student must train the body and mind together as part of his spiritual progress. One way the student must do this is to participate in a number of different ashram activities. These activities involve service to the plants and animals at the ashram, to the people, and to the temple. Without this one cannot advance in Kalaripayattu.
All of this training takes place according to the traditional Indian Guru-Shishya Parampara. In this tradition, the Guru teaches each disciple according to his or her own understanding for the purpose of spiritual development. To truly grow, the student must put much effort into his or her progress and should be willing to endure the pain and patience it takes in order to grow. Through this endurance, the student becomes physically and mentally strong, disciplined and confident.
After a time of disciplined training, the student learns to excel in every field, which will help him or her become a respected individual of strong character in society. Skip to content What is Kalaripayattu training like? First steps of Kalaripayattu training Every student who wishes to start practising Kalaripayattu attends an initiation with Guruji.
Kalaripayattu training levels The syllabus consists of five levels, including basic, intermediate, advanced, senior and instructor levels. Outside Kalari class Learning Kalaripayattu occurs not just inside the Kalari but outside the class as well. The martial art of Kalaripayattu. Levels and weapons of Kalaripayattu. Contact Us. Like this: Like Loading
Kerala: Where to Learn Kalaripayattu
This place turned out to be a hospital! Fortunately, closeby was a small building, where the kalaripayattu training takes place. We were first foreigners, who came here to train Kalaripayattu in the last couple of years!!! How the Kalaripayattu training was organized? The kalaripayattu training takes place every morning even on Sunday at till for local children and adults.
Learning Kalaripayattu Martial Arts in Kerala
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One Month Kalaripayattu Training Experience In Kerala – Part 1
Kalaripayattu also known simply as Kalari, is an Indian martial art and fighting style that originated in modern-day Kerala. It is believed to be the oldest surviving martial art in India. It is also considered to be among the oldest martial arts still in existence, with its origin in the martial arts timeline dating back to at least the 3rd century BCE. Kalaripayattu is also mentioned in the Vadakkan Pattukal ballads written about the Chekavar from the Malabar region of Kerala.