The word Kalari is derived from the Sanskrit word Khaloorika, which means Martial Arts training hall. In olden days there are two types of Kalari called Cherukalari (Kuzhikalari) and Ankakalari. Cherukalari is for training Kalari scientifically. Ankakalari is built for temporary fighting. Kalarippayattu is one of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is practiced in Kerala and contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as well as north eastern Sri Lanka and among the Malayali community of Malaysia. Kalarippayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Regional variants are classified according to geographical position in Kerala; these are the northern style of the Malayalis, the southern style of the Tamils and the central style from inner Kerala. The northern style was practiced primarily by the Nairs, the martial caste of Kerala, and Ezhavas, as well as some Mappilas and Saint Thomas Christians. The southern style, called adimurai, was practiced largely by the Nadars and has features distinguishing it from its other regional counterparts. Northern kalarippayattu is based on the principle of hard technique, while the southern style primarily follows the soft techniques, even though both systems make use of internal and external concepts. Some of the choreographed sparring in kalarippayattu can be applied to dance and kathakali dancers who knew martial arts were believed to be markedly better than the other performers.
Techniques (atavu) in kalarippayattu are a combination of steps (chuvatu) and stances (vadivu). Each stance has its own power combination, function and set of techniques. We are introducing Kalarippayattu in a new form with Belt (Kacha) system and named as TIGERKAN KALARIPPAYATTU. The Belt or Kacha colours are White, Green, Orange, Blue, Purple, Brown Junior, Brown senior, Brown Super senior, Black I Dan, II Dan and etc. The duration for each belt is 6 months (weekly 1 day) or 3 months (weekly 2 days).
We are teaching the following techniques in Kalarippayattu