Watch our “30-Day Training Kalaripayattu in India” Video and see all the Kalaripayattu kicks that we have learned during this time.
BENEFITS OF KALARIPAYATTU KICKS
Strong and Flexible Legs
30 days of Kalaripayattu in India was a new training experience. Most of the days we spend practicing kalaripayattu kicks. Each kick has its transition (meaning turn). In the beginning, the exercises seemed easy, but as the practice kept going, we noticed that they required a lot of flexibility and strength. After one month of training, we could feel our leg muscles. They were not stiff but rather powerful and “extended”.
One of the characteristics of kalaripayattu kicks is that the arms need to be lifted all the time. That is actually pretty helpful. The body is more extended, and the back remains straight. Also, it helps to keep balance. The feet should be pointed, kind of like in ballet, but more natural. After all, it is a martial art, not a dance.
Below you will find kalaripayattu terminology for the kicks that we have learned. The language of the exercises is MALAYALAM. Malayalam is the main language spoken across the Indian state of Kerala.
4 KALARIPAYATTU KICKS
BASIC KALARIPAYATTU KICKS WITH TRANSITIONS
1. Ner kaal – straight swing (ner – straight, kal – leg)
when students perform kicks the teacher shouts Valathnere… Edathnere, which refers to right side and left side.
2. Kon kaal – diagonal swing (corner leg)
3. Veethu kaal – circle swing
One round of kicks means going all lengths of Kalari (training place) forth and back. Changing the direction of movement is called transition. There are different transitions for each kick.
ADVANCED KALARIPAYATTU KICKS
4. Mumbil chavitti thirinju – straight swing with turns.
For ner kaal the transitions can be:
- Valathu nerey thiringu
- Valathu nerey munbil chavitti thiringu valingamarnnu
- Valathu nerey munbil chavitti thiringu othadiyil amarnnu
For kon kaal the transition is:
- Akam kaal – inward press
For veethu kaal the transition is:
- Purram kaal – outward flick
CHECK ALSO KALARIPAYATTU ANIMAL EXERCISES AND OUR 30-Day KALARIPAYATTU TRAINING EXPERIENCE:
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The place where we trained was http://sreerangomayur.com/kalari/. If you want to contact our main teacher, here is his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raamkumar.r. Good Luck! 👍
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how did you find this kalari school ?
whats the fees for a course?
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We found this school through our friend, who gave us a contact to Raam Kumar. It was Raam Kumar who arranged the sleeping place for us and training. But Raam Kumar wasn’t at the school all the time. He came just for a few days to teach us. We had most of our classes with Sri Nath (a good student of Raam Kumar). If you want to contact Raam Kumar, this is his FB account: https://www.facebook.com/raamkumar.r.
The school where we trained is called Sreerangom C.V.N. Kalari Chikilsakendram. This is their website http://sreerangomayur.com/kalari/. You can check it out. I know that they have regular kalaripayattu classes for locals in the mornings, as I described in the article https://basia.blog/kalaripayattu-training-in-india-part-1/. But, for foreigners, it is different.
We lived in the kalarichikilsa hospital, so we needed to pay for the nights plus the training. I really don’t remember how much it was, but the prices should be on their website, and you can also contact them and ask what they can offer you. It all depends on how much you want to train and how long you want to stay.