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Kalaripayattu


The video shows Kalaripayattu the mother of all the martial art forms in the world. An intricate blend of physical prowess, mindset, martial techniques and indigenous medical system, this form of armed close-quarter hand-to-hand encounter is unique to Kerala. In most other martial art forms using weapons the fighters use some form of armour to guard the chest, forearms and head. But in Kalaripayattu which uses the most lethal weapons there is no such protection. The Kalari fighter depends on his alertness, agility and the use of various steps and swift movements for attack and self defence. This video was shot at the C.V.N. Kalari, East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram, one of the prominent centres of Kalaripayattu in Kerala.

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