Kalaripayattu is regarded as the most ancient martial art form in the world. Kalaripayattu training focuses on the co-ordination of mind and body. A system of scientifically arranged and well graded series of exercises is there in this martial art. These exercises, formulated by the ancient masters of Kalaripayattu, are for achieving maximum physical agility.
Physical training is known as Meypayattu (mey means body in local parlance and payattu, exercise). Rigorous exercises are there for legs, hands and other physical parts. The video is taken from CVN Kalari, Thiruvananthapuram from where many foreigners have learnt this classical martial art.
There are two styles of Kalaripayattu; the North Kerala and South Kerala styles. There is also a scientific medicine system called Kalarichikilsa associated with this martial art. Kalarichikilsa, the herbal medicine system is highly effective for bruises and sprains.