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Regarded as the mother of martial arts, Kalaripayattu, or Kalari, is a physical combat sport deeply rooted in religious rituals and moral values. The strength, flexibility and focus required to master the numerous techniques (wooden and metal weapons and bare hand combat), require unwavering discipline, teamwork and years of training under an experienced Gurukkal (master). Wearing a simple cotton loincloth and covered in herbal oil, training takes place in the Kalari, a 21’ x 42’ foot enclosure with a packed dirt floor and traditional thatched roof. Practice and combat begin and end with a series of salutations to numerous deities. From the age of 7, both boys and girls practice this explosive martial art that molds both body and mind, producing young adults with exceptional moral and spiritual values.
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