The Indian School of Martial Arts is a premier training centre for the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu. Set up in 1983, the ISMA or Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram has been a place of healing and rejuvenation for many. This has happened under the leadership of Mr. Balachandran Nair who hails from a family of warrior-healers. He believes that Kalarichikitsa (Kalari treatment) originated from Siddhavaidyam-(science parallel to Ayurveda), Dhanurveda (mother of Ayurveda) and Olagranthas (manuscripts on dry palm leaves). It was developed specifically for the practitioners of this art form. Its teachings are based on the 108 nerve pressure points (marmas) in the human body.
Instead of modern medicinal parameters, more importance is given to intuition built after years of experience and introspection in the field. ISMA has a three storey complex with its own Kalari arena. A 600-year-old massage table that was built from a single tree lies in the complex. The meditation hall and roof garden are the other places of interest here. There are simple facilities for all who seek lodging along with the facility to read ancient manuscripts. It is truly an educational and invigorating experience.
The Indian School of Martial Arts
Parusuvaikal, P.O Parassala
Ph +91 471 2232686/+91 9447125140
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central about 30 km is the nearest Railway Station
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 38 km