Agasthya Muni is considered to be the father of Thekkan Kalari.The word Kalaripayattu is a combination of two words namely ‘Kalari’ and ‘payattu’, which means training ground and fight. Kalaripayattu is an ancient art form and is considered to be one of the oldest forms of martial art in Indian and across the world. Kalaripayattu training aims at the ultimate co-ordination of the mind and body.
Kalaripayattu is the traditional martial art form of Kerala. It is regarded as the oldest and most traditional self-defence art form. Kalari is a traditional psycho-physiological discipline emanating from Kerala’s unique Myth historical heritage and considered to be the oldest form of physical training inhuman history. Kalari teaches the student to attain strength and tranquillity of mind and body. [Patience, humility, respect to others, kindness].