The world has long found inspiration and guidance in India’s culture, traditions, arts, sciences, wisdom and way of life.
One of the ways of life in Kerala, along India’s south-western coast, is through the ancient martial art form Kalaripayattu.
Australian School of Kalaripayattu is dedicated to teaching and sharing this warrior tradition. We aim to impart the true depth of this martial art and preserve the great legacy of Kerala’s warriors.
All classes are taught by Biju Nair, a traditionally trained Kalaripayattu Instructor from Kerala, India.
Biju hails from a traditional Nair family. His ancestors were the traditional warrior class of Kerala, and the custodians of Kalaripayattu. Following in the generations of warriors before him, his duty is to pass on this knowledge to the next generation of students.
Biju has been a student and teacher of Kalaripayattu for more than 20 years. He grew up in a village in Kerala in Southern India. At age thirteen, he began learning the martial art of Kalaripayattu and its healing art Kalari Chikitsa under his village’s Kalari master, Suji Master.
After seven years with his Master, he went on to study with his Grandmaster, Guru Balachandran Nair, through the Gurukula system. Here he became completely immersed in the healing and martial art by living, learning and working at the Kalari full time for four years.
The Gurukula system is an ancient system of education in India, where the disciple receives the knowledge by taking up residence with the Guru. For Kalaripayattu and Kalari Chikitsa, as with training in any traditional art form in India, understanding and acquiring the knowledge is a long, demanding and rigorous process.
Biju has taught Kalaripayattu in Kerala, Bangalore and Brisbane. He teaches students from a wide range of backgrounds, and all ages and abilities. He is committed to preserving his ancestor’s legacy of Kalaripayattu and sharing it to improve people’s lives.
As well as teaching Kalaripayattu, Biju is a Kalari Chikitsa Healer, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Remedial Massage Therapist. Please see the website for our traditional Indian healing clinic, Kalari Ayurveda Centre, for more infomation about treatments.
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Australian School of Kalaripayattu is dedicated to teaching and sharing the warrior tradition of Kalaripayattu. We aim to impart the true depth of this martial art and preserve the great legacy of Kerala’s warriors.
Kalaripayattu class location
Granadilla Street, MacGregor
(In the hall next to DM Henderson Park)
Wednesdays - Children's class
5pm - 6.30pm
Wednesdays - Adults' class
6pm - 7.30pm
Saturdays - Mixed class
8.30am - 10am
@ Kalari Ayurveda Centre