Kalaripayattu (Kalari) is one of the oldest martial arts in Asia. It is basically a philosophical system aiming to achieve a precise, non-violent way of life far from any form of aggression, emphasisingintrospected self-analysis and self-control. Kalari movements will help the practitioner to achieve balance over his body, flexibility, stamina, speed and improve neuromuscular coordination.

The inherent beauty of this art form lies in the harmonious synergy of art, science and medicine. Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, choreographed moves, weaponry and healing techniques. The precise coordination of eyes, body and mind makes this art form unique and is an inseparable part of the cultural heritage of Kerala.

In kalari, there is no place for discrimination based on caste, creed or religion. The practice of kalari therefore opens the mind and promotes peace and fraternity in our society.

Kalari is a holistic discipline which confers on its practitioners many mental, physical and spiritual benefits. Kalari is also beneficial to the modern sportsman.

Life is an expression of cosmic consciousness and the purpose of life is to realize and express divinity in one’s daily life. Kalaripayattu is more than fighting. It encompasses an entire way of life, incorporating physical, mental and spiritual awareness and healing.


The body needs to be prepared for kalari training. Therefore, Chirackal Kalari has a certain set of warm up exercises, which help to condition and strengthen the body.