Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial art originating in the Indian peninsula as part of the military training of warriors. Kalaripayattu is derived from the words “Kalari”, which means “a place, threshing floor or battlefield” and “Payattu”, which means “to exercise with arms or to train”. It is used today for everything from self-defense to self-awareness and alerting, to a way to lose weight and train for flexibility.

The martial art form is experiencing a resurgence thanks to Zoom classes, while its Instagram-worthy visuals and fitness aspects will only increase its popularity.

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