Kerala’s ancient Kalarippayattu martial art form charms foreigners

November 14th, 2007 - 10:23 am ICT by admin  

Kannur (Kerala), Nov.10 (ANI): “Kalarippayattu”, the ancient martial art form of Kerala, is today a big charm among foreign tourists visiting South India. Many of them are learning it to take this art form to their homelands.

Kalarippayattu, also regarded as the mother of all martial art forms, has influenced a lot of foreigners interested to take it up as an occupation by teaching it in their native countries. Hence, many of these tourists visit Kerala to learn it.

Kalarippayattu trainers, associated with Kerala Kalarippayattu Academy at Kannur, inform that many students from western countries have enrolled at the centre in recent years.

“The students, capable of learning this art with determination can teach the discipline of Kalarippayattu professionally in their own countries. Most of the students from abroad thus would spread it all over,” said C. M. Sherif, Technical Director of Kerala Kalarippayattu Academy, Kannur, Kerala.

Kalarippayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, dance movements and weaponry and healing techniques.

“What draws foreign students towards Kalarippyattu is the fact that it is ancient and acts as a good preventive health care discipline,” Sherif added.

A German national, Manuel S. who teaches Kalarippayattu in Germany endorses C.M Sherif’s viewpoint.

“It spreads through word of mouth. If people get to know that by practicing Kalari they can get rid of their back aches, can improve their concentration, then they will be attracted towards it. In Germany, you get many interested students and you can offer them training,” said Manuel.

For the past five years, Manuel arrives in Kannur for a refresher course in martial art skills despite a hectic schedule back at home.

Manuel has 25 students at his Kalarippayattu School in Germany. He wishes to propagate the highly beneficial art in Germany and other European lands.

Kalarippayattu is the need of the hour for being a very useful form of exercise for developed nations where health has taken back seat vis-

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