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jump in female students at self-defence classes

Shinto Mathew, who teaches kalaripayattu at his institute inSector 37, says, ``Kalaripayattu is one of the most rigorous forms of self-defence
Shinto Mathew, who teaches kalaripayattu at his institute in Sector 37, says, ``Kalaripayattu is one of the most rigorous forms of self-defence. Earlier, only boys used to take up this art, but now, we have a lot of girls learning it, too. The ratio of girls to boys in our classes is 60:40. Bollywood inspires a lot of youngsters to set up their fitness goals. When 'Baaghi' released last year, we started getting 30-35 calls per day from women!``
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भारत की मारक कला ‘कलारीपयट्टू’ इजिप्ट में बमचक मचा आई, सीना तान लो https://kalarikendramdelhi.com/2021/02/05/%e0%a4%ad%e0%a4%be%e0%a4%b0%e0%a4%a4-%e0%a4%95%e0%a5%80-%e0%a4%ae%e0%a4%be%e0%a4%b0%e0%a4%95-%e0%a4%95%e0%a4%b2%e0%a4%be-%e0%a4%95%e0%a4%b2%e0%a4%be%e0%a4%b0%e0%a5%80%e0%a4%aa%e0%a4%af%e0%a4%9f/ https://kalarikendramdelhi.com/2021/02/05/%e0%a4%ad%e0%a4%be%e0%a4%b0%e0%a4%a4-%e0%a4%95%e0%a5%80-%e0%a4%ae%e0%a4%be%e0%a4%b0%e0%a4%95-%e0%a4%95%e0%a4%b2%e0%a4%be-%e0%a4%95%e0%a4%b2%e0%a4%be%e0%a4%b0%e0%a5%80%e0%a4%aa%e0%a4%af%e0%a4%9f/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2021 15:46:24 +0000 https://kalarikendramdelhi.com/?p=7178

भारत की मारक कला 'कलारीपयट्टू' इजिप्ट में बमचक मचा आई, सीना तान लो

दिल्ली के कलारी केंद्रम से गुरुक्कल शिंटो और उनकी टीम के दस लोग गए थे. और वहां अपने औजारों के साथ ऐसी कलाकारी जमाई कि देखने वालों के कलेजे कड़क गए.इस शो का नाम था आसवान इंटरनेशनल फेस्टिवल. ये हथियार वहां दिखाए गए.
इजिप्ट में शो हो गया. अरे लल्लनटॉप शो नहीं, वहां जाने में अभी देर है. फाइटिंग आर्ट का शो था. 15 से 24 फरवरी तक धकापेल चला. 16 देश के फाइट आर्ट दिखाने वाले लोग आए थे. चीन, सूडान, नाइजीरिया, ग्रीस सब थे. लेकिन वहां सबसे ज्यादा झंडे किसने गाड़े? गेस करो. दिमाग लगाओ. अच्छा छोड़ो हम बताए देते हैं. हमारे यहां के सदियों पुराने कलारीपयट्टू ने. इस कला ने वहां सबको दांतों तले उंगली दबवा दी भाईसाब.
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ICC to Host Kalaripayattu Workshop-Cum-Presentation in Seoul, South Korea

Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) is organizing a Kalaripayattu workshop-cum-presentation by Ms. Kim Eun-Jung and Mr. Shinto Mathew on August 1, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Auditorium.
Mr. Shinto Mathew is an accomplished Kalaripayattu exponent from kalari Kendram India. He has 15 years teaching experience in kalaripayattu.
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Delhi's Kalari Kendram participated in World Martial Art Festival,

A bunch of students from Delhi's Kalari Kendram participated in World Martial Art Festival, 2016, which was recently held in Purwakarta, Indonesia.
In today's age, martial arts might've become a widespread practice--but its disciples from around the globe don't have any qualms in admitting that the art form drew its blood from the ancient Gurukuls of India.
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World’s 1st ever Martial art is born in INDIA.

Its not everyday that a treasured art like Kalaripayattu is born and you know it is nothing ordinary when its the creation of not humans but the Gods themselves.

 It is carefully constructed with the sharp observations made on the complexities of nature and survival instincts, prey techniques, and basic anatomy of wild animals.

What sets Kalari apart

is in its method of teaching.

It follows the ancient method of imparting lessons by following the Guru-Shishya Parampara. In Kalari , the skill of combat and weaponry is not taught to the student immediately.

The First lesson is involved in gaining patience and the right conduct to become eligible for learning the art that’s so precise and lethal.

The kalari Gurukkal silently observes his/her every shishya and promotes them into learning the warfare techniques only when they are satisfied by the character .

To be precise the ultimate goal of a Gurukkal is not to produce the best fighters in the world but to produce the selfless, courageous human beings into society. The teachings of kalari says that it is not important how powerful your body is , but how powerful is the humanity beneath that physical being.

Relevance of teaching the art of weaponry

is probablt the most frequently asked question

Weaponry stages of kalari are a thoroughly thought-out structure and is very much applicable even in today’s modern times for becoming a warrior, like for eg. the Sword & Shield weapon forms a part of the 3rd stage of training in sharp weapons, known as Angathari.

It is very interesting to note that the choreographed basic fighting routine in this weapon form is actually taken from the fight between an elephant and a tiger. It consists of the swift use of sharpness, ruthlessness, and speed in its every move and attack.

So, through this weapon training, the student learns to be attentive, alert, aware of his surroundings, and become fierce inside-out.

The practitioner’s survival instincts are awakened by weapon ‘mock’ fighting, and constant practicing to such a level that it leads to the transformation of his whole body language, where his bare arm becomes and acts like a sword in times of need.

Thus, the lesson in weapon training in Kalari leads to an incomparable defensive preparedness of a practitioner.


Both are imparted to the kalari practitioner
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Adding on to its uniqueness, there is a complete in-depth therapeutic branch of Ayurveda attached to Kalari. It consists of massages and vital point treatments of a body, that’s not only restricted to martial artists only but is for everyone’s general well-being.

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the secret to the healthy and proper functioning of all the organs and parts of our body lies in this field of therapy.

Kalaripayattu stands tall and unstaggered even in today’s modern world and even an undue suppression of it by the colonists of this country couldn’t suppress it. Hence, this Indian authentic art will never lose its relevance because it is not just an ancient martial art  but a complete way of life.

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The ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu in Delhi

Kalaripayattu brings together the discipline of a fitness routine
“In its truest sense Kalari is not a form of aggression but one of self-discipline. It is designed to teach humility and an understanding of physical movement,” says Shinto Mathew, Kalari trainer and founder of Kalari Kendram. Over the years this ancient martial art has under gone tremendous changes. Today it has found a place in theatre, where it is embraced as a dance-form for self-expression.
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Gaja Vadivu Complete Tutorial

Gaja Vadivu

How animals inspired the creation of this legendary warrior art - the role of Gaja in kalaripayattu

Kalari Gods believed in the power of nature. Nature has the key to all the locks created by a man’s mind who is living a restricted life that is self- limited, and what better way than to learn it from the animals who are living freely in the state of nature. The warrior Gods tried to inculcate the alertness of an animal’s physical senses, like that of an elephant ,the subconscious and clairvoyance in its martial character. And thus, formulated this legendary, unshakable warrior art.

Since, Kalaripayattu art of warfare is developed by closely observing the martial moves, fighting skills, and survival techniques of various ferocious animals, this art is raw and pure in its application. And thus, we will learn how doing workout the kalari way is the new best method to attain the mental , physical and spiritual fitness.

‘Cute’ is the first expression that comes to our mind when we hear the word, “elephants”. On the Contrary, these endearing creatures are one of the most ruthless fighters. Yes, it takes typically seven lionesses to kill a single adult elephant, such is the power of this majestic creature.
Here, Gaja meaning, elephant forms the foremost animal taken in Kalari in formulating the lesson of VADIVU.

Lesson #1

The first lesson that the elephant teaches us is that a warrior’s biggest strength is his strong physical being.
Therefore, the Gaja stance is taught to gain strength in the hips, thighs, spine and ankle with the help of a stance called as AMARCHA.
This is indisputedly the best workout for your legs strength and backbone flexibility. It is power generating in its character and hence a thorough practice is needed to attain this stance.

Lesson #2

The second lesson is learned while observing the movement of its trunk.
A Kalari practitioner is taught to move in such a manner that it attains the unmatched flexibility of that of the trunk of an elephant that it uses to grab, pull, and attack an opponent.
Therefore, in the Gaja posture hands are taught to move in a particular form while using the whole body’s flexibly, especially the ‘spine’ and take the stance of a shield in front of the chest to protect the weak areas of the neck, collar bone, chin and face in an alert position of defense.
Just by looking one cannot know how strengthening and challenging this hand gesture with jointed elbows, covered abdomen and straightened spine is unless one does it themselves.
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Lesson #3

The third lesson that we learn from an elephant is that of its inexhaustible agility and swiftness irrespective of its size.
Therefore, in kalari the warrior is taught to achieve enough courage and strength to fight the whole crowd and disperse it alone singlehandedly.
This stance in its various forms and application of combat is one of the best means to achieve this tremendous speed and vigor in the body irrespective of the body weight, age, sex, and physical activeness. in fact, practicing this stance leads to the whole-body transformation.
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Lesson #4

The fourth and the most crucial lesson that we take from an elephant is that of its mental strength that makes it a winner.
Therefore, in Kalari, A warrior is taught to become a ruthless fighter by more of her mental strength than her physical ability. And that mental strength gives the confidence to use the body fearlessly in times of need.
And hence, Kalari Kendram always focuses on teaching the capacity and ability to ‘ take an attack’ as much as taught how ’to attack’ with the rigorous practice of this Gaja vadivu not only instance formation but in a rhythmic -vitality consuming- body movements and holds which boosts the confidence in onself inside out evidently.


The important point to note here is that this posture is effective only when it’s done in its most authentic and correct manner. The spiritual and intangible benefits are as evident as the physical ones. It leads to the increased awareness of one’s body, increase in focus sharply, improvement in body balance, healing of the solar plexus and root chakras of the body, understanding of the connection between the mind, body, and soul and attainment of infinite calm and peace after that.
The uniqueness of Kalari vadivu lies in its rare blend of stances, movements, and postures that actively involves all the parts of the body in a very distinctive fashion.
Kalaripayattu when done religiously for some time gives proof of its unparalleled method of fitness that the world desperately needs today.
It is an unexplored treasure of India and the martial art with the rare combination of 3M’s :

KaJal Srivastava- Kalari Shoorgirl

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Kalaripayattu is derived from two words- ‘Kalari’ which means ‘Training school’ and ‘Payattu’ means ‘Practising’. Kalaripayattu techniques are a combination of ‘Chuvadu’ and ‘Vadivu’. Chuvadu means the basics of the martial art and Vadivu means the postures. These postures are inspired by animals that are natural fighters. These postures are eight in number. There may be slight variations from school to school, but the core principles remain the same all over.

Warfare has been part of mankind’s innate nature since the pre-historic era. Among the most ancient and proven forms of combat in history happens to have originated from Kerala. Early written evidence of Kalaripayattu has been found in Dhanurveda- the Vedic literature and in Sangam literature.



Having practiced Kalaripayattu at Kalari Kendram Delhi for two years now, I would share some of my learnings and experiences.

  • You can be in sync with your inner self and feel the concrete jungle around you disappearing, replaced by tranquility and nature.
  • you need to channelize your inner strict disciplinarian self, to master the cool moves which will help you move your muscles in a way that perhaps your everyday gym routine might not be able to do.
  • The health benefits of practicing Kalari are tremendous, as you increase your stamina levels substantially. It is not just about reducing any part of the body or losing some weight. The benefits of this ancient practice go beyond mere weight loss; it is a holistic approach to making you look and feel healthy from inside.  It improves your strength physically and mentally.

Meipayattu: This refers to exercises that use the body, including specific exercises for legs, hips, hands, and the upper portion of the body. These movements are all designed to help one achieve maximum physical fitness and agility.

Marichilukal: In this level, the training comprises of acrobatic exercises, which include flying leaps and kicks. This helps tone the body and improves your agility and reflexes.

This combat training is divided into 4 levels

  1. Meithari- bodily movements and exercises to gain strength, flexibility, and agility
  2. Kolthari- combat with wooden arms like a stick, ottari, etc.,
  3. Angathari- Combat with metal arms like a sword,
  4. Verum Kai Prayogam- Combat bare-handed, even if the opponent is fully armed.


Unfortunately, we get to witness several forms of violence especially this is true in the case of women, elderly. There’s no space for vulnerability in today’s world. One must stand up for themselves, no matter what. Kalaripayattu is a unique method of both combat and defense. In these various techniques are Holds, grips, and locks that are combined with knuckle and elbow attacks at Marmas or vital points of the opponent’s body. Using these techniques, one can defeat the enemy with great efficacy.


  • It boosts flexibility
  • It improves the strength in an individual’s body
  • It cuts down the ‘laziness” in your body
  • Your concentration power increases the more you practice this art
  • Your patience is improved with the practice of this art
  • It is a great stressbuster
  • Your presence of mind is improved as you learn new moves for the battlefield
  • You can survive a real attack as well, which is very much needed for women of today’s world
  • You can train other people in Kalaripayattu since it is quite an in-demand these days.


Interestingly, every facet of this martial art form is based on rules laid out in the scriptures. The Kalari (arena) is designed on the tenets of Vaastu Shastra. Dugout at a depth of four feet, it has an east-facing entry and has specific dimensions. The floor is made of mud and in the west, a seven-tiered platform, which denotes the seven dhatus in the body, is constructed. Lighted lamps are placed on the steps while a lotus-shaped Kumbha, representing the deity, adorns the top. Weapons like sword, shield, knives, sticks, spears, etc. are placed on the western side.

If you are wondering how to learn and practice this martial art in a traditional way possible, you don’t have to travel all the way to Kerala. There’s Kalari Kendram in Delhi, matching the traditional vibes, with highly experienced Guru and diversity of students both in age and gender. This is a great getaway from the sedentary city lifestyle.

There is an unspoken pride of this sacred space and practice of Kalaripayattu with instructions in the lyrical language of Malayalam. Sweat pours from our oiled bodies as we begin to experience inner and outer transformation. Even though we see a large row of ancient weapons – sticks, swords, clubs, and shields, which gives a combat mode feeling but there is an environment of inner power, respect, and balance for all from the young beginners to the advanced practitioners. Everyone maintains the discipline of this sacred place. No wonder it is ‘THE MOTHER OF ALL MARTIAL ARTS’

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