Kalaripayattu Indian Martial Arts

Kalaripayattu - An Ancient Indian Martial Art

Kalaripayattu is an ancient traditional indigenous martial art that originates from Kerala in South India. The Kalari or arena is a sunken pit packed with red mud. Early scriptures state that in the 6th Century A.D, the Buddhist Monk, Bodhidharma, introduced Kalaripayattu into China which then later formed into Shaolin Kung-Fu, Karate and other Asian martial arts.

According to Indian mythology, Parashuama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, established Kalaripayattu in Kerala to protect the state and provide a service to the community. Used in combination with the Kalari healing system, this allowed practitioners to develop mastery of the mind, body and healing skills, using traditional Indian medicine.  Parashurama was a master in the art of weaponry, he developed northern kalaripayattu (vadakkan kalari), with an emphasis on weapons and flowing movement forms and animal postures ‘vadivu’. Southern kalaripayattu was developed by the sage Agastya and emphasizes body combat, footwork, striking vital points and the use of weapons.

With a focus on discipline, Kalaripayattu training involves warm-up and flexibility exercises, strength and stamina training, step work, traditional forms as well as unarmed and armed combat techniques. Training is always under the supervision of a Guru or instructor, and only through dedication can one hope to become a Kalari master.  Advanced students are guided through ‘marma’ : vital energy point,  combat and sharp weapons training.

Students can begin Kalaripayattu at any level and at any age above seven. Kalari Healing  are currently conducting individual and group classes in basic/intermediate and advanced Kalaripayattu training. 

Visit Workshops/Events and the Kalari Online pages for our updated class and mentoring programs.  

Kalaripayattu Origins

Foundations of Kalari Beginners Series

 Join us in developing your fitness, flexibility, martial movements, balance of mind, focus and so much more in our weekly Kalari practices. It's a great time to continue to move in our own spaces - and together raise our martial and warrior like spirits.


ANCIENT INDIAN MARTIAL ARTS - Kalaripayattu (Kalari) is India's ancient indigenous martial, meditational & medicinal tradition that evolved alongside Yoga & Ayurveda, originating from Kerala in South India. It is a complete system of body-oriented therapy with an emphasis on the expansion and development of the senses; a paradigm commonly called 'when the body becomes all eyes'.

Kalari gives us a framework for understanding how we exist in the world and practical guidelines to harmonize ourselves with our ever changing inner and outer environments. The asanas and forms are multidimensional, incorporating concepts of power and focus - allowing us to feel a closer connection to our ancestral animal and warrior lineages.


Who is this for: Adults of all ages and abilities interested in unique and learning new (...ancient) ways to move. All movements can be modified to suit different fitness levels.


PROGRAM: Experience all elements of a traditional practice. Unique flowing movements within warms ups, core strengthening and kick sequences as well as more complex postures/Mudras, evasive moves and the first form - Kalari Vandanam Salutation Vinyasa. These can be practised until the next by incorporating them into existing exercise routines or creating new rituals to energise and strengthen the body/mind.


DATES AND TIMES: October 14 - November 11 (3 classes per week, recommend attending at least 2 classes - in Melbourne AEST time)

* Tuesdays 6pm - 7:30pm (mixed class/focus on foundations - grounding, step work, attack and defence basics )

* Thursdays 6:30am - 8:00am 

* Sundays 5:00pm - 6:30pm 


LOCATION: Online on Zoom and Your own space


Casual Classes $15
8 Class Pass - $105 
12 Class Pass - $165 

Once you join our classes you will have access to instructional videos via private youtube links, and please follow us on social media instagram and facebook for more videos and support in your training.


PLEASE Read the guidelines for online classes on the Kalari Online page.

Benefits of Training

– Increase stamina, flexibility, body awareness

– Develop core and full body strength

– Build and maintain general fitness

– Self-defence

– Develop fast and dynamic movements

– Improve concentration,

– Increase detoxification processes

Kalar is beneficial for everyone and particularly suited for yogis, athletes, martial artists, actors, dancers and movement practitioners from all walks of life and ages over 7 years.

The beginners adults classes provide a basic understanding of Kalaripayattu techniques and practices. They are open to all fitness levels. 

Studio J Dance

1/147 Swan St, Richmond, VIC 3121

Kalaripayattu Syllabus

Our Kalaripayattu syllabus consists of different levels and even after completing these levels it takes years of regular practice with discipline, dedication, and devotion to master the art. Each level deals with perfecting the previous levels and the introduction of new elements. Contact us to find out more about our syllabus.

Basic Introduction Level

In the basic level, the student learns unarmed techniques that allow mastery over body movements and balance. Warm ups, Forms, combinations and techniques include:

  • Loha – warm up exercises to energise/strengthen/prepare the mind and body, and build core strength

  •  Kalugal (leg swings or kicks to balance/ground),

  • Vadivu (postures as whole body Mudras which awaken the energy of the particular form, creating focus and steadfastness)

  • Chuvadu (Salutation Vinyasa or form where we acknowledge the lineage and tradition of Kalari and energise/align/ground the subtle/physical body and mind))

  • Adithada (Unarmed Combat)

  • Pootu (Locks)

  • Valivu (Throws)

  • Basic Hand combinations

Kid's Kalaripayattu

We are currently offering mixed classes for kids and adults online and in person in various places in Australia.  Classes are designed to give a basic understanding of traditional Kalari exercises and forms. They are fun, yet challenging and instil a greater sense of discipline. They are open to children aged 7-15 and of all fitness levels. 


Some of the benefits for children include:


- Increased stamina, flexibility, body awareness

- Build discipline and focus

- Build and maintain general fitness

- Self-defence

- Improve concentration

Kalari Ayurvedic Massage.......

"The best massage and treatment you could ever have, Ramona is magic. I leave her feeling so energized and fantastic, I highly recommend Ramona". 

- Sally Frenkiel