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Getting started with Kalaripayattu

You can learn Kalaripayattu, one of the oldest martial art forms in the world, in Brisbane.

New students are welcome to join our classes. You can see if Kalaripayattu is for you by attending a free trial class, or coming to watch a class first.

Below are answers to questions people often ask when they come to training for the first time.

Who learns Kalaripayattu at your school?
Everyone is welcome to learn Kalaripayattu at our school. Our students are adults, children, families, yoga practitioners, martial artists, dancers, fitness enthusiasts, health professionals, office workers, engineers etc.
Why do they learn Kalaripayattu?

Students are attracted to this ancient warrior tradition for different reasons. Some practice because they want to improve their overall fitness through disciplined physical and mental training. Others because they are interested in India’s culture or traditional art forms. Some students are initially attracted to the body movements which are described as graceful, powerful, rhythmic, fluid and grounded. Others have done some research into the history of Kalaripayattu and wish to explore it further. Parents also bring their children to encourage self-discipline, confidence and a focused mind.

Regardless of what brings students to this learning path, they will discover the true depth of this martial art as they pass through the different stages of training.

What's involved in the training?

We work on developing the body and mind through a powerful flowing practice.

Each class is one and a half hours long, and depending on the stage you are at can include:

warm up, kicks, postures, footwork patterns, stances, jumps and leaps, leg swings, dynamic movement sequences, weapons training, advanced techniques, pranayama and meditation.

Classes take place in a space where an atmosphere for serious training can be maintained. Students are expected to keep focused and attentive at every moment.

There are four extensive stages of training in Kalaripayattu, each building on the skills developed previously.

Meithari – Body preparation training

Kolthari – Wooden weapons training

Angathari – Metal weapons training

Verumkai – Empty hand techniques

Please see our training page for a description of each stage.

Do I need to be fit or flexible to start classes?

No you don’t as Kalaripayattu will make you fit, flexible and much more. It’s a step by step process starting with simple movements, gradually progressing to ones that are more challenging.

Kalaripayattu develops many skills, and you may find some easier than others. Someone who is flexible may struggle with balance. Someone who is strong may struggle with speed. You will come to master your own body as you advance through the system.

What are the benefits?

Kalaripayattu is a rich and challenging process that will improve every facet of your life. It is a comprehensive system that was originally designed to create an expert warrior.

As all Kalaripayattu movements use the full body, every aspect of physical fitness is developed such as strength, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility, balance and stamina. Kalaripayattu creates superb body control, which develops from patience, disciplined training, and focused awareness.

With practice, you learn to still the mind and achieve Ekagrata (single-pointed focus). Confidence, alertness and doubtlessness are achieved. This mindset develops naturally through constant practice. Fear is removed, and you can remain stable and grounded, thus allowing you to confidently face any situation in life.

Do I need to wait for the new term to begin before I join?
Classes are ongoing so you can join anytime during the term. We run our classes during the general school terms as half of our students are school or university students, or parents of school students. If enough students are available during the school holidays, we run additional classes.
What are the minimum and maximum ages for training?
We teach students from eight years old. There is no age limit. You are welcome to come and observe a class first to see if it’s for you.
Are your classes taught by levels?

Classes are open to students of all ages and abilities. Everyone practices together – children, adults, beginners and advanced, just as they do in the traditional Kalaris in Kerala.

Students warm up and go through the movement methods together. Then they are divided into smaller groups where they can work at their own level. Even though they are training within the same training space, they are concentrating on different movements and techniques.

What will I learn in my trial class?

You will start with a warm up, and then be introduced to movement methods such as basic postures, stances, techniques, footwork patterns and movement sequences.

Your trial class is also a small demonstration as you will observe what other students are practising.

What do I need to wear and bring to my first class?
Wear a t-shirt and long pants that you can move in. Bring a bottle of water and a towel.

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About us

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

108 Granadilla Street, MacGregor
(In the hall next to DM Henderson Park)

Kalaripayattu classes

Wednesdays - Children's class
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Thursdays - Adults' class
6.30pm - 8pm

Saturdays - Mixed class
8.30am - 10am

Kalari treatment

@ Kalari Ayurveda Centre
30-32 Nandala Drive,
Tanah Merah Qld

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