Kalari Kerala

Since 1945

Kalari Training

Kalari is a special kind of gymnasium, where the martial art Kalari Payattu is practiced. Kalari is the special training in 'Marma', the art of knowing and activating all the 107 energy points in the human body. These vital points (called marmas) are used for correcting the body's energy flows and replenishing its resources. Kalari therefore makes the practitioner not just a warrior but a self-healer, who can also help others with his healing powers.

‘A sound Mind in a sound body’. Kalari training of course enables one to attain a sound mind and a sound body. At CVN Kalari Nadakkavu we offer various kinds of training to increase the stamina, strength and flexibility of your body depending on your physical nature.From CVN Kalari Nadakkavu you will be perfectly trained each and every aspect of this art form and for this we have several long term and short term courses to choose according to your requirement and convenience.


The Kalari training is normally started at the age of seven, when the body is most supple, receptive and sufficiently strong, at the same time less vulnerable. However this art can be learned at any age under the guidance of a Guru. The Kalari training is mainly divided into three stages named: Meythari, Kolthari and Ankathari.

A student begins his Kalari training with Meythari

Meythari - Meythari or body excercise is the first stage in the learning of Kalari Payattu. Meythari consists graded series of physical exercises, which helps to attain agile and supple body, stamina strength and quick relexes of limbs, balance stability of foot works etc. In this student learns various types of leg stretching excercises, and some stances like Gaja Vadivu (Elephant Pose) Aswa Vadivu (Horse Pose) Simha Vadivu (Lion Pose) etc and also leaps, Jumps, Twists and some body movements unknown to other martial Arts, Forward and side way movements employed in defending and attackes. In this stage the student also learns the various techniques which can be used in bare hand tight.

Kolthari - Kolthari enables a student to learn to use the various types of wooden weapons ranges from 1.5 feet to 6 feet in length, namely Kettukari, Cheruvadi otta etc. In this In this Otta is a unique curved wooden weapon only sees in Kalari use to attack on the vital spots of the himan body. In a human body 107 Marmas (Vital spots) if any one injured that may lead to instand death also. In this stage the student also learns the various techniques which can be used in bare hand tight.

Ankathari - The third stage of Kalari Payatt teaches a student to use the metalic weaponlike Dagger, Sword, Spear, Flexible Sword etc and a combination of attacks and defends also. Flexible sword is also unique weapon used in Kalari Payattu to defend massive attacks.


Verum Kai Prayogam (Bare Hand Fight) - By getting efficient training in kalaripayattu a man will be able to withstand any type of attack with or without weapons and without weapons techniques is known as verum kai Mura . It includes various types of punches strikes and locks leaps etc and also uses some of the vital spot(marmas) to freeze the opponent.

Marma Treatment : In a martial art one may get injury at any time so our masters formed a traditional treatment system apart of Ayurveda to treat dislocation of joints, broken bones etc; and the treatment is based on the marma points (Vital spots). Nowaday the kalari treatments is