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The Art of Kalari

In the Heart of Wayanad

Kalaripayattu Martial Art

Kalaripayattu literally means ‘training for battle’: ‘Kalari’ (Battlefield) and ‘Payattu’ (Training in the art of combat).

Kalaripayattu literally means ‘training for battle’: ‘Kalari’ (Battlefield) and ‘Payattu’ (Training in the art of combat). Traditionally practised by the Nair warrior caste of Kerala, it is a fierce and powerful martial art and has its roots firmly in Indian spirituality and myth. Mythology credits Saint Parasurama as being the father of Kalaripayattu having learned it from God Shiva himself. Kalaripayattu is also known as the mother of all martial arts. In ancient South India, the Kalari (yard for practising Kalaripayattu) was a place of learning for subjects such as medicine, philosophy, astrology, architecture, and geometry, in addition to combat art.

Upcoming Programs

Ultimate Stay Fit Program

  • Two complete practices and corrections (daily sessions)
  • Meditation
  • Basics in Kalari (daily)
  • One therapeutic massage
  • Farm experience
  • Outings including a nature walk
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Ultimate Stay Fit Program

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21 Days Hatha Yoga Retreat

21 Days Hatha Yoga Retreat

  • All major classical hatha yoga practices (daily sessions)
  • Kalari practices (daily sessions)
  • Meditations (daily session)
  • Yogic perspective on food
  • Pranayama and Nada yoga
  • Two therapeutic massages
  • Organic food and preparation
  • Farm experience
  • Wayanad outings

Children Yoga Bliss Retreat

  • Yoga designed for children (Daily sessions)
  • Eye-care practices (Daily sessions)
  • Kalari (Daily sessions)
  • Two horse riding sessions
  • Campfire if weather permits
  • Fun activities and Games
  • Pottery sessions
  • Music and dance
  • Farming experience
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Children Yoga Bliss Retreat

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About Teachers

K.F Thomas

K. F. Thomas Gurukkal is the current Chief Master trainer and proprietor of Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam. He was trained by M. A. Vijayan Gurukkal, the founder of the Sangam. He furthered his knowledge and skills with respected masters Sri V. Sreenivasan Gurukkal, V. P. Rakhavan Gurukkal Vadakara, Manoj Gurukkal Vadakara and Sajeevan Gurukkal.
He is also very proficient in Kalari marma massage therapy, gathering and preparing the Ayurvedic medicinal herbs himself from which the oil for this treatment is made.

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