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Kalaripayattu is perhaps the most ancient martial art in the world.
Kalaripayattu is derived from the words Kalari - which means "place, threshing floor, or battlefield", and payattu - which means to "exercise in arms or practice". Martial arts have been in existence on the Indian sub-continent for thousands of years. The first weapon used was the stick which was an extension of the arm. Various weapons were later invented during the Stone and Iron Ages. Even in Vedas they have mentioned about martial arts. Kalaripayattu is one such martial art, Crafted in ancient South India and draws inspiration from the raw power, majestic strength and instinctive fighting techniques of animals like lion, tiger, elephant, wild boar, crocodile etc.
Kalaripayattu reached its pinnacle of glory during the 100-years-war between the Cholas, Cheras, and Pandyas in the early part of the first millennium. The warring states refined the fighting skills and techniques prevalent in the area into a martial art form. The art flourished between the 13 and 16 centuries, becoming a part of the education of youngsters. It was a social custom in Kerala to send all youngsters above the age of seven to learn Kalari.
 
The exercise in Kalarippayattu includes:
 

Maippayattu- conditioning and foundation exercises.
Kolthari- defense and attacks with a variety of wooden weapons.
Angathaari- exercises with sharp weapons including sword, spear and dagger.
Verumkai- barehanded defense and attack.

Apart from endowing one with physical agility and prowess, this ancient art equips one with excellent concentration and mental equipoise. Traditionally the people of Kerala learnt and practise to perfect Kalarippayattu as an art of warfare. Now people learn it for a high degree of physical fitness and for self-defense.

 
 
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