Kalarippayattu is an ancient martial art from Kerala. There is no other martial art practice in the country to compete with its training system and application techniques. These have been compiled over many decades by the great Gurus or Masters of the land. It has a continuity that spreads over centuries and is based on the ideal of a sound mind in a sound body.
Kalarippayattu is a rare combination of martial training, physical culture, self-defence practice and physio-therapeutic treatment. It has a high reputation as an art with highly developed body language and expression.
Training in Kalarippayattu in mumbai is the latest trend catching up amongst performers across the country. Actors and dancers are seeking training in this traditional Kerala martial art to make their bodies stronger and more agile and mind alert. The body is an essential element for a performer and a simple hand gesture or even an unassuming turn of the body can express what words may need several pages to communicate. But to achieve this amount of sensitivity and attention in the body, one must go through intense training of both, the body and the mind. Kalarippayattu does exactly that and a little more.
While Kalari, like any other martial art, engages in intensive body training, which requires a strong determined mind, once the initial stage of learning the basics is achieved, focus moves towards expression. It is one of the only martial arts that focuses on bhaav or expression of the body through the movements. It synchronises the physical energy and the mental energy, ultimately producing a body that is spontaneous, yet full of aesthetic expression. All of which makes Kalarippayattu the perfect training medium for a performer.