Marmashastra is a system of treatment. Tamil Palm leaf texts are the bases of this treatment.
It is a treatment originated around 5000 years ago and given to the world by sages and yogis
of ancient India.
is a world wide unique system of treatment, which is given by Indian sages.
Proficient kalari masters have learned many kalari marma and kalari murai from their
experience and these are important additions to the Marma sastra.
According to the Kalari system, there are 108 vulnerable points in the human body,
which are known as `marma' points.
(Kalari abhyasam) is a martial art that is formed
by the ancient Gurus completely on the basis of the human anatomy
and The Nature.
A well practicing student can utilize five physical
senses in its extreme and hence can achieve attention, speed,
accuracy, strength, co-ordination, flexibility, memory power,
concentration, peer respect, health, immunity etc. Hence martial
arts specialists have found that kalari techniques are useful for
mental and spiritual growth.
is helpful for attaining energy and rejuvenation of internal and external
parts of the body.
In kalaripayattu, the importance is for defending techniques rather than attacking.
To gain expertise in kalari, one must have concentration, good understanding, and the
ability to perform action with skill.
All other existing martial arts give importance to defence, and offence and say that
attacking enemies is the best technique to protect from harm. However, the ancient
martial art of India, Kalaripayattu says to save enemies. For example, if an enemy
attack us with or without weapon, our body may get hurt and/or it may cause to death.
And it makes him/her a criminal and prisoner. On the other hand, a good kalari practitioner
discourages such attacks by self defence and hence protects the life of his enemy. Thus we
say that kalari is for saving, not for punishing our enemies.
Practising kalari under the careful observation of the master (Aasan) helps the disciples
to be more affectionate to life. They bring in an order in their daily activities that results
a healthy and happy life.
This is the only martial art practising in the traditional gurukul system nowadays.
Traditional self defence techniques and steps, and the rhythmic body movements of kalari
strengthen the hands and legs of the practitioner and he obtains the knowledge about our
body which leads to self awareness and achieve peace.
According to the modern medical science there are two types of exercises: Isotonic
(Aerobic Exercise) and Isometric (weight Lifting). Aerobic exercise is the better among
these because; this includes the hand practise, leg practise, and steps. 85% of one’s muscles
are worked out while swimming. However kalari practise gives 100% of muscles, nerves, veins,
bones, joints, internal and external body part and even mind obtain energy and power. Here,
the kalari movements are converted to isokinetic Energy. Hence if anyone desire to get success
in other sports, by practising kalari they can gain essential motor skill, reflex action and
flexibility. It develops the personality and self existence. That is why the kalari masters
state that kalari training is essential and valuable for the body, mind and spirit of a human being.
The significance of practising this martial art is that it also provides training in kalari treatment.
• Kalari massage is a useful way to improve an individual's health, life span and beauty.
• Kalari massage improves the physical stability and health. It prevents skin diseases and
purifies the blood.
• Regular kalari massage increases body flexibility and reduces fat.
It is particularly useful in promoting good sleep, for calming psychotic individuals, and for helping
depressed people to relax.
• The most important peculiarity of the kalari massage is that, without taking any medicine inside the body,
it gives relaxation, relief and health to the internal and external parts of the body.