The Mother of All Martial Arts : Kalari or Kalarippayattu - HitXP (2023)

YOU ARE WRONG…!!! The Fairy Tale of Parashurama recovering Kerala from Sea IS NOT IN THE VEDAS. IT IS WRITTEN IN KERALOLPATTI BY NAMBOOTHIRIS AFTER NOV 1 – 1956. Bodhidharma did not come from China to Kerala, Bodhidharma was born and
brought up in Kanchipuram, Tamil nadu. Bodhidharma had nothing to do
with Kalaripayattu. The most earliest form of Kalaripayattu
(Thekkan/Southern kalari) was developed between the 11th and 12th
Century AD; whereas, Bodhidharma lived between the 5th and 6th Centuries
AD. The Secret Art of Varma Kalai was practiced in the then Tamilagam,
now Tamil Nadu was practiced among the Royal families. Bodhidharma was
the 3rd son of the Pallava King Suganda. Kanchipuram city was the
capital of Pallava Kingdom during those days. Varma Kalai consists of
Meditation (Vaasi yoga), Martial Art (Adi Murai) and Varma Vaithyam
(Healing art using the Art of Pressure Points) and Siddha Medicine.
These arts were given by Siddhars like Agasthyar, Bohar, Thirumoolar
etc., in the Pandya Kingdom, today’s Tamil Nadu. The Thekkan kalari was
developed from Adi Murai component of Varma Kalai by incorporating much
rituals in them. Thekkan Kalari was the earliest form of Kalari
developed between 12th and 13th Centuries AD. The Vadakkan/Northern
style is a counterfeit of Thekkan style, which trains in the weapons
first, and then bare hands; while, Thekkan Kalari trains with bare hands
first and then weapons. Vadakkan/Northern style was developed from
Thekkan style with negligible difference. And the youngest form Central
Kalari is a combination of the Northern and Southern styles that came
into existence only during the 15th Century AD. Besides Varma Kalai,
there were Silambam and Kuthu Varisai, Malyutham, Adi Thadi were also
practiced during the days of Bodhidharma. Since Bodhidharma was a King’s
son, it was then necessary for them to undergo training in these arts.
He had a good knowledge in Tamil Martial Arts which are the parent arts
of Kalaripayattu. Kerala became a separate state only in 1956, how then
would have Bodhidharma, during his lifetime have gone to Kerala in the
5th Century…??? The malayalam language of Kerala itself was formed as a
combination of Sanskrit and Tamil when the Namboothiri Brahmins from
the North India (whose mother tongue was Sanskrit) came and settled in
the West coast of the then Tamilagam (Todays whole land of Tamil Nadu,
Kerala, and Southern parts of Andhra and Karnataka) in the late 9th
Century AD. The malayalam language was formed by the Namboothiris during
the late-11th Century AD…!!!

Kalaripayattu includes the rituals of the Brahmins like Vaastu which
itself shows the influence of Brahmins in this Art. Some rituals of
Vaastu are – The student should place his right leg inside the Kalari
first, the entrance door of the Kalari should be east facing, the
student should touch the ground, worship the poothara and touch the
Gurus feet… to name a few. There were no Kalaris in Tamil Nadu during
the period of Bodhidharma, but there were other Martial Arts that were
parent Arts to Kalaripayattu. For example, The Thekkan Kalari which was
developed by the NADARS (a Tamil community) of Travancore Kingdom
distinguishes itself from Vadakkan style. The Thekkan Kalari is a
combination of Adi Murai (excuse me for a while; some people claim that
Adi Murai is Thekkan Kalari. IT IS NOT;) Thekkan Kalari is a combination
of Adi Murai, Malyutham and Adi Thadi (which were Tamil Martial Arts).
The Nadars who are the Royal Warrior Caste of Tamil Nadu are trained in
ALL TAMIL MARTIAL ARTS namely, Silambam and Kuthu Varisai (Generally ALL
Tamil people train in these arts), Varma Kalai (The Martial Art of
Thevar, Kallar and Nadars), Adi Murai (The Secret Art of the Nadars),
Adi Thadi, Ayudha Murai, which is the Mother of Vadakkan and Madhya
Kerala Kalaripayattu (The weapons used in Ayudha Murai like Sword and
Shield, Surul Vazl, Deer Horn, Bullwhip, Horsewhip , Dagger etc., were
in use even before Kalaripayattu was formed). They have blent all these
Tamil Martial Arts into one Single Art into the name of Thekkan Kalari.
BY THE NADARS) They call it Thekkan Southern Kalari because the Nadars
of Tamil Nadu live in the Southern regions like Tirunelveli,
Tuiticourin, Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Sivakasi regions of Tamil Nadu and
Trivandrum, Kollam, Ernakulam regions of Kerala

In Tamil, the word Kazhari was used in Sangam Literature to learn the
Martial Arts (Kazham – battlefield ; Ari {Arindukozl/ Arivial} to know
the science) In Tamil Kazhari means To Learn the Science of Battlefield
Combat, which was without any rituals; whereas, the Malayalam word
Kalaripayattu was derived from Sanskrit words (Kaloorika – place for
training physic or gym and Payattu means practice). The Kalaripayattu is

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Since Kalaripayattu became a dying Martial Art during the 19th Century
the CULTS called Kalari Gurukkals of those period started to spread the
RUMOR that Kalaripayattu is the mother of all martial arts. This is a
LIE. There were martial arts in China even before Bodhidharma went to
China. In Kalaripayattu, you have a concept called “Cheena Ati” meaning
“Chinese Hit”. Gunavarmar, a warrior of Tamil Martial Art of Varma Kalai
(those who were expert in Varma Kalai, in those days had the suffix as
Varmar to their names in those days. Some examples are, Sadaiyavarman,
Jayavarman, Rajendravarman, Narasimhavarman etc.) went to China in 320
AD to spread these Martial Arts and Healing Arts (because there was a
great plague in China those days, which never had any remedy, so the
Tamil warriors were sent from Tamil Nadu to China for the purpose of
Healing them with their knowledge in Varma Vaithyam (which has today
resulted in Accu-pressure, Accu-punchture, Tai Chi).

In China there is a FRESCO in one of the Shaolin Temples, which shows a
dark-skinned monk, teaching their fighting skills to light-skinned
people. This itself shows that Martial Arts were taken from Tamil Nadu
to China. The picture did not show light skinned people teaching their
fighting skills to light skinned people. In India, ONLY the TAMIL PEOPLE
are dark-skinned people with only upto 10% of exception with some
people from Northern states of Bihar amd Jharkhand. ALL Malayalees or
people from Kerala are light-skinned people. The Fresco does not show
them. The Kerala race are 80% Namboothiris, so there are ULTIMATELY NO
TAKEN FROM KERALA TO CHINA. Also, the dark-skinned monk shown in the
Fresco, is very very similar to Karikala Cholan statue in
Ekambareshwarar Temple in Kanchipuram.

More for proof, Bodhidharma is portrayed in the Shaolin Temples as the
Founder of SHAOLIN Kung-Fu. When Bodhidharma went to China, he was in
deep meditation for 9 full years. He learnt Vaasi Yoga (generally used
to open the 3rd eye), which was a part of Varma Kalai. This is the
reason why people who practice SHAOLIN Kung Fu can easily guess the very
next attack of the opponent, before the opponent even thinks of how and
where to attack. This is why the Shaolin Kung-Fu meditation is more
powerful than any other form of Kung-Fu. Practitioners are taught this
meditation in the way that it should be taught before starting the
Shaolin classes.

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In the controversial case of Kalaripayattu, they do not learn Vaasi Yoga, they learn Katina Yoga.

Some Kalari CULTS in order to revive their art and to gain money from
foreigners started to publicize and advertise Kalaripayattu as the
mother o all martial arts. Since they were not able to prove it, now
they are trying their best to prove that Bodhidharma was born in kerala
and spoke Malayalam. Some say, Bodhidharma was born in Calicut, some say
in Ernakulam or Cochin, some say, Kodungallur. But in Tamil Nadu it
mentions only one place, the Kanchipuram city which was The Capital City
of The Pallava Kingdom during the period of Suganda King of Pallava
Dynasty between the 3rd Century and 9th Century AD

The pronunciation of the Chinese characters ?? as Kang-zhi, meaning “fragrance extreme”

Tsutomu Kambe identifies ?? to be Kanchipuram an old capital town in the state Tamil-Nadu

Kanchi means ‘a radiant jewel’ or ‘a luxury belt with jewels’ and puram
means a town or a state in the sense of earlier times. Thus, it is
understood that the ‘??-Kingdom’ corresponds to the old capital
‘Kanchipuram. Even today, Kanchipuram is the HUB of Silk sarees, Luxury
items Perfumes etc., in Tamil Nadu. Kanchipuram, was also a place of
Pilgrimage for Buddhists during the time of Bodhidharma.

As I said before, the Malayalam language consists of 80% Sanskrit, it is
because of the influence of the Namboothiris (whose mother tongue was
Sanskrit) who came to the then Tamilagam during the late-9th Century AD,
and learnt the local language Tamil, and used 20% of Tamil words to
form a new language called malayalam. The malayalm language was formed
only by the late-11th Century AD.




Which is the mother of all martial arts? ›

Kalaripayattu is the mother of all martial art forms. It's gaining in popularity because it uniquely combines defence techniques, dance, yoga and healing systems.

Is Adimurai mother of all martial arts? ›

Adimurai is the oldest and one of the most significant martial arts that is been practiced in ancient Tamilakam(present day Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Northern Province of Sri Lanka). It is considered as a Tamil martial arts.

Can girls Kalari? ›

Kalaripayattu is only suitable for small girls and unmarried women, because often practicing Kalaripayattu on stage is considered contemptuous and is thus a shame to the family.

Is Kalari first martial art? ›

India's oldest martial art form kalaripayattu (kalari meaning training ground and payattu meaning combat) originated in Kerala more than 3,000 years ago. To this day, it's known as one of the highest forms of physical and mental training.

What does Kalari mean? ›

A kalari is a gymnasium or training space primarily associated with the martial art of Kalaripayattu. The word kalari comes from Malayalam. In the past, village schools in Kerala, typically run by the traditional astrologer families, were known by the name kalari or Ezhuthu Kalari.

Who is the father of kalari? ›

Creator Parashurama

How was Kalaripayattu born? ›

Kalaripayattu, also spelled as Kalarippayattu is an ancient martial art indigenous to Kerala, a small state in the southern tip of India, but is known and practised throughout the globe today. The exact time of its origin however cannot be fixed with any sense of certainty.

Who is No 1 in martial arts? ›

1. Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee is ranked first among the top 10 martial artists in the world in 2021. Lee Jun-fan (27 November 1940 - 20 July 1973) was a Chinese martial art performer, star, film maker, martial art teacher, and philosopher.

Is Adimurai and Kalari same? ›

Northern style of Kalari was called 'Vadakan Kalari' that became 'Kalaripayattu'. Southern style of Kalari is called 'Thekkan Kalari' or 'Kalari Adimurai'.

How can I study for Adimurai? ›

To learn this art, one requires truthfulness, sound mind, thirst of knowledge and dedication. It will take minimum 12 long years to learn to expertise in this art. The Southern (Thekkan) Adithada, TamilNadu and Kerala are the different styles ofADIMURAI in practice. All these styles are known for its uniqueness.

Is Kalari good for kids? ›

"Kalaripayattu is not just a martial art; when children learn the technique, they not only improve their physical fitness but also their concentration and decision-making skills; it promotes positive behavior and interaction with others.

Is Kalari good for health? ›

Kalari strengthens and energises both the body and the mind.” The health benefits of Kalari, like any martial art form, are numerous.

Is Kalari real? ›

According to some sources, Kalaripayattu is actually considered to be one of the oldest surviving fighting systems in the entire world. Originally practiced in Kerala, the first mention of the martial art was found in Tamil literature written around 300 BCE to 300 CE.

Who is the king of Kalaripayattu? ›

In the year 1936, Sreedharan Nair started 'Rajkumar Kalari' ( in Chirakkal and taught a number of students. The martial art form was making a come back after years of ban.

Is kalari difficult? ›

It will take a student at least 15 months to master each stage. In Kalaripayattu, one has to practise what one has learnt so far each day.

Is kalari from Kerala? ›

Kalari. Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art and fighting style that originated in modern-day Kerala. Kalaripayattu is also mentioned in the Vadakkan Pattukal ballads written about the Chekavar from the Malabar region of Kerala.

What is the first martial art? ›

Sankar Lal: Kalaripayattu originates in the southwest of India, in today's state of Kerala and also partly Tamil Nadu. It is often believed to be the oldest martial art in the world, with deep roots in Indian mythology that look back on thousands of years of tradition.

When was Kalari founded? ›

While historians reject such claims, there is no consensus among them either, with their pegging the time of its birth anywhere between 200 BCE and 600 CE, and its cresting popularity between the 14th and 16th centuries.

How is Kalari made? ›

Traditionally Kalaris are made from raw (uncooked) full fat milk that is separated using soured milk. The solidified part is packed in donas (small bowls made of leaves) and sun dried. The excess liquid drips down from the semi-porous donas and rest of the moisture is lost by sun drying.

Who is the creator of Kalaripayattu? ›

According to ancient folklore, Lord Vishnu's disciple Parasurama who was an avatar of Lord Vishnu is believed to be the founder of martial arts in India. Kalaripayattu, which is the most popular amongst many martial arts practiced in India, is believed to have been founded by Parasurama.

Who is father of martial arts? ›

Bodhidharma was a semi-legendary Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century CE.

How many types of Kalaripayattu are there? ›

As Kalaripayattu evolved in various parts of Kerala over the centuries, differences in practices crystallized to such an extent as to create two distinct styles within the state of its birth – the Northern (Vadakkan Kalari) and the Southern (Thekkan Kalari).

Who made the first martial art? ›

Despite the rich history of martial arts in China, modern day martial arts originated in 527 A.D in Indian. Indian monk Ta Mo taught the monks of the Shaolin Temple the 18 Buddhist Fists, which turned into the Five Animal Styles of Shaolin.

Is Kalaripayattu a sport? ›

However, advocate Poonthura Soman, Secretary General Indian Kalaripayattu Federation, Thiruvananthapuram, differs: “Technically Kalaripayattu is a sport. It consists of 18 different warfare techniques.

How many weapons are in Kalaripayattu? ›

Kalaripayattu Weapons are categorized into four, weapons to cut, slash and stab, like swords and daggers. weapons attached to sticks, like spears and axes. weapons like sticks and maces and.

Who is the top 2 martial artist? ›

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Which is the best Kalaripayattu in India? ›

Kadathanadan Kalari

A visit to Kadathanadan Kalari is undoubtedly one of the best places to watch Kalaripayattu in Kerala. The Kadathanadan Kalari centre is located in Thekkady and conducts regular performances for the visitors. You can take the front seat and enjoy watching this art form.

Can I learn Kalaripayattu at Isha? ›

The students at Isha are taught the basics of kalaripayattu, an ancient martial art, to establish balance and stability in all walks of life,” Swami Pushya, who is accompanying the team as the leader, says. Many of them will go abroad to spread the Indian martial art once they finish their studies.

Can I learn Kalaripayattu in one year? ›

How long does it take to learn Kalaripayattu? Kalari is a life-long learning process. However, you will be conversant with the first level exercises (meipayattu) with about three months of intensive training.

Can you self study martial arts? ›

Yes, you can start martial arts training at home. Whether you can do it effectively is another question. If you want to become an elite MMA fighter or boxer, then training at home isn't a good choice. In fact, most martial arts have some element of combat involved, so you'll need to find a trained sparring partner.

What are the 7 skills martial arts can teach you? ›

These are seven essential life skills that Martial Arts teaches children to help them deal with difficult issues.
  • Focus.
  • Discipline.
  • Memorization.
  • Effort.
  • Goal Setting.
  • Respect.
  • Confidence.

Can I learn kalari at home? ›

Along with being a distinctive ancient martial art form it is actually a very fulfilling intense workout routine that can now be learnt online while staying at home.

Which is best Karate or kalari? ›

It all depends on multiple factors. Kalari has some elements that Tae Kwon Do (weapons, for example) that could make it more effective in particular situations. Tae Kwon Do has a variety of kicks and a somewhat different delivery system that Karate kicks do not possess.

Is Kalari good for weight loss? ›

With its combination of cardio exercises and flexibility drills, Kalaripayattu is an excellent weight loss activity. Its fast paced routines involve kicks, punches, jumps, squats and stretches.

Which oil is used in Kalaripayattu? ›

Thaila lepanam is the application of oil all over the body before the student begins the exercise regimen, and this is an integral part of Kalaripayattu training. Sesame oil is generally used for the purpose.

What is Kalari massage? ›

Kalari Marma Massage is an ancient south Indian warrior massage specially developed to treat and prevent injuries and pain-related conditions.

Who is the No 1 martial arts in India? ›

Kushti is one of the most popular martial arts in India. One often get to see kushti or traditional wrestling in films.

Is kalari good for self Defence? ›

Although a form of combat, practitioners are taught to only use this method as self-defence when necessary. Kalarippayatt provides numerous benefits both mentally and physically, giving the foundations for fitness and self-protection in the current times.

Is kung fu inspired from Kalaripayattu? ›

At the Shaolin monastery, Bodhidharma saw that the monks were weak from meditation and fasting. He taught them the martial arts he had learned as a young prince… similar to Kalaripayattu! This gave birth to the famous kung-fu warrior monks of Shaolin!

Which is the strongest martial art in India? ›

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Who is the guru of martial arts? ›

In 527 AD, Bodhidharma reached near the Shaolin Temple, where he went inside a cave and began meditation. Soon enough, his fame spread to the Shaolin Temple and the monks from the temple began visiting the cave, requesting him to come to the temple and take charge as the master.

Can I learn Kalaripayattu at the age of 35? ›

There is no age limit to learning Kalaripayattu. I can say this because, at Ekaveera Kalaripayattu Academy, there are students whose ages range from 4 years to 68 years. In addition, trainees in the academy include those with physical disabilities.

How many stages are in Kalaripayattu? ›

The oldest martial art, kalaripayattu training can be done in four stages: Meipayattu, Kolthari, Angathari, and Verum Kai Prayogam.

Who is the best Kalaripayattu teacher in India? ›

Meenakshi Amma Gurukkal (born 1942) is a practitioner and teacher of Kalaripayattu, the traditional martial arts form of Kerala, India. In 2017, she received Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.

Which is the oldest martial arts of Kerala? ›

Kalaripayattu: India's martial art and the world's oldest - BBC Reel.

What is the 2 origin of martial arts? ›

Origin of martial arts

The earliest evidence of martial arts originates from depictions of fights both in figurative art and early literature as well as the analysis of early archaeological findings and weaponry.

Who is the first father of martial arts? ›

Bruce Lee has gained tremendous respect and admiration for their commitment to his craft. He had a significant impact on mixed martial arts, which has become one of the most popular sports in the world.

How old is kalari? ›

India's oldest martial art form kalaripayattu (kalari meaning training ground and payattu meaning combat) originated in Kerala more than 3,000 years ago. To this day, it's known as one of the highest forms of physical and mental training.

Who started martial art in India? ›

Around 630, King Narasimhavarman of the Pallava dynasty commissioned dozens of granite sculptures showing unarmed fighters disarming armed opponents. This is similar to the style described in the Agni Purana. Martial arts were not exclusive to the kshatriya caste, though the warrior class used them more extensively.

Is Kalaripayattu a folk art? ›


It is rare to find a Malayali who has not been fed on accounts of their legendary skill and courage. They even feature in Theyyam and Thira, the ritualistic folk art forms popular in Malabar [the northernmost region of Kerala].

Can girls kalari? ›

Kalaripayattu is only suitable for small girls and unmarried women, because often practicing Kalaripayattu on stage is considered contemptuous and is thus a shame to the family.

What is kalari called in English? ›

A kalari is a gymnasium or training space primarily associated with the martial art of Kalaripayattu.

Which country is Kalaripayattu in? ›

Kalaripayattu, also spelled as Kalarippayattu is an ancient martial art indigenous to Kerala, a small state in the southern tip of India, but is known and practised throughout the globe today.

Who is the god of martial arts in the world? ›

Zhen Wu is the God of Martial Arts. The mountain is named after him: Wu Tang Shan = Martial Mountain. Research into the story of Zhen Wu connects us with Chinese history and many aspects of Chinese culture.

Who is the best female martial arts? ›

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Who is the God Father of martial arts? ›

With his synthesis of different fighting styles, Lee can perhaps be credited with having invented MMA – but there are earlier fight styles which also feature a mix of disciplines. Bruce Lee's fighting philosophy resonates with modern MMA. Photo: Criterion Collection. Bruce Lee is famous for many things.

Who's the best fighter in the world? ›

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Who is the most famous martial? ›

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Which country is best in martial arts? ›

For karate, kendo, aikido or judo, Japan is the right country to train in. If you want a serious, intense, and authentic education in these disciplines, you'll encounter Japanese schools that take things very seriously.

Why girls should do martial arts? ›

Martial arts build mental fortitude.

Women who train martial arts overcome the fear and panic that stressful situations can induce. Being proficient in self defense techniques and familiar with sparring against others provides a reassurance that no other sport or activity can.

Who is the first martial arts master? ›

Edward William Barton-Wright, a British railway engineer who had studied jujutsu while working in Japan between 1894–97, was the first man known to have taught Asian martial arts in Europe.

Who is the goat of martial arts? ›

With 12 MMA World Titles, the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship belt, and a 30-4 career record, Demetrious Johnson is widely considered the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.

Who is the leader of karate? ›

The leader of the dojo is called “sensei.” The word sensei is a term of honor that literally translates to “teacher.” The sensei is in charge of leading students, helping them acquire the skills they need to advance while also instilling and strengthening the values of the dojo.

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