Kalaripayattu, the oldest martial art | India

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Kalaripayattu is a 3000 years old martial art form from Kerala, India.

Reported as the oldest and the mother of all martial arts in the world, Kalaripayattu is a mix of self-defence techniques, yoga and meditation, and - in modern times - even a popular form of cultural entertainment.

It combines a wide range of techniques and weapons. Fighters use their bare hands or long rods, sticks, swords, shields, knives and the traditional urumi, a flexible sword whose origins go back in the days.

The training focuses on agility and flexibility but also channels the inner energy, in order to create a perfect balance between body and mind.

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