Kalaripayattu – Reviving The Ancient Indian Martial Arts

‘A Sound Mind in a sound body’ – inner strength and power

Kalaripayattu is an Indian Martial Art and fighting system that originated in Kerala and practiced by warriors of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Crafted in ancient South India drawing inspiration from the raw power and sinuous strength of the majestic animal forms – Lion, Tiger, Elephant, Wild Boar, Snake, and Crocodiles.

Kalaripayattu laid down the combat code of the Cholas, the Cheras, and the Pandyas. Shrouded in deep mystery and mists of secrecy Kalaripayattu was taught by the masters in total isolation, away from prying eyes. Following the collapse of the princely states and the advent of free India – Kalaripayattu has lost its significance as a mortal combat code.

In a Phoenix-like resurrection, Kalaripayattu is today emerging in a new avatar – an ancient art form – a source of inspiration for self-expression in dance forms – both traditional and contemporary, in theatre, in fitness and in movies too.

Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry, and healing methods.

The Kalari training is mainly divided into three stages named: Meythari, Kolthari, Ankathari, and Verum kai.

The day will be divided into two parts;

  • Morning session

Meythari –

Meythari or body exercise is the first stage in the learning of Kalari Payattu. Meythari consists of a graded series of physical exercises, which helps to attain agile and supple body, stamina strength and quickly relaxes our limbs and balances the stability of foot works.

In this student learns various types of leg stretching exercises, and some stances like Gaja Vadivu (Elephant Pose) Aswa Vadivu (Horse Pose) Simha Vadivu (Lion Pose) and also leaps, Jumps, Twists and some body movements unknown to other Martial Arts. Forward and sideways movements are employed in defending an attacker.

  • Afternoon session

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.

Kettukari  (long stick)

Is a moderately thick and resilient stick of cane, 12 feet in length. Blows to various parts of the body are dealt and parried with this weapon. Both ends are used for this purpose. Practice with the Kettukari eventually makes it easier to handle the spear.


  • It boosts Flexibility.
  • It ensures to make you agile. There are a lot of quick moves that you learn while practicing this art.
  • Your presence of mind is improved as you learn new moves for the battlefield.
  • Your concentration power increases the more you practice this art.
  • Helps you embody the warrior spirit


* Please wear loose and comfortable clothes.

* This program is open to everyone, you can list this in the media.

*All of our programs are in English.

Facilitator: Ambareesh

Ambareesh is a pioneer in the ancient field of Kalaripayattu. He has won various State, National and International championships from the year 2006.

He is a master in his field and has also been recognized by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and received a Facilitation in 2016.

He also performed for the President in Rashtrapati Bhavan. He has been a Champion for 3 consecutive years in the Kalarippayattu National Championship.

He has performed Kalaripayattu in the first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival (CYDF) 2014 hosted by YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) as a team leader.

In the Year 2015, he has performed in France. He has done is Post Graduation in M.Sc Yoga and Naturopathy and also has an A-grade Certified Trainer Certificate.

He has been an Instructor since 2008 and now has his own Kalaripayattu School since 2010. His Determination, Hard work, and Dedication have made him the guru of Kalaripayattu.

Date: 6 May 2019

Time: 9:45 AM – 6:00 PM

Contact: Priyanka

Phone: +91 9311131096

Email: vibes@zorbathebuddha.org

Please Call between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM IST

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