Meythari or Meyppayattu is the backbone of Kalaripayattu, and forms the first step of training. It is a set of physical practices that imparts strength to the body and the mind, and makes the student sure-footed. The practices are categorized under four heads:
The student is trained to move and shift his legs in whichever way he pleases – forwards, backwards, sideways and upwards – while ensuring that he does not lose his balance. In other words, he is made to master chuvadu or steps for attack as well as defence. Second and equally important component of Meythozhil that comes in tandem with chuvadu is vadivu or stance. Third is adavu or technique.
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