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Kalaripayattu - an ancient Indian martial art

Kalaripayattu (Kalaripayat) is an ancient Indian martial art, which originated in the southern state of Kerala. Kalaripayattu is considered as one of the oldest martial arts currently practiced in the world.

Kalaripayattu has three schools, which are distinguished by their attacking and defensive patterns. They are Arappa Kayy, Pilla Thangi, and Vatten Thiripp. Kalaripayattu includes weapon fighting, including Stick-Fighting.

Kalaripayattu practitioners from IndiaKalaripayattu practitioners from India

Kalaripayattu techniques are a combination of steps (Chuvadu) and postures (Vadivu), and specific techniques differ from one style version to another.

It is closely related to silambam, a weapon-based martial art from the Tamil Nadu region

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