Kalaripayattu, an ancient Indian martial art form, is offered to students who are 7 years and above. It includes impartation of attacking and defensive techniques and weapons training. Students are initiated and trained in accordance with tradition, and move through a series of stages depending upon their level of physical competence.


Its sets the basis for all the trainings. Exercises, include positions, jumps and leaps, circular sequences, kicks, leg swings and various other forms of movement.


Kolthari features the use of various types of sticks – long, short, specially fabricated rounded and curved ones – and the student is taught to use them to attack as well as to defend.


Angathari is the third stage in Kalaripayattu training where student learn to use sharp and lethal metal weapons such as the spear, bow, dagger etc.


Here, the student is required to fight armed, unarmed, or multiple opponents without using weapons. In this stage, bare hand techniques such as grips, kicks, strikes, blocks, attacks, throws, etc.

Kalaripayattu for Our Soldiers

Athmakalari was recently honored with an invitation to conduct an intensive week-long Kalaripayattu program for the Indian Army. Our team was privileged to have this unique opportunity to impart this ancient martial art’s wisdom and techniques to the brave soldiers serving our nation.

The primary objective of the program was to introduce a comprehensive Kalaripayattu routine to the soldiers. This regimen is meticulously designed to enhance flexibility and agility, sharpening the physical readiness of our warriors. Additionally, the program emphasized the development of mind-body coordination and improved reflexes.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Indian Army for allowing us to share our expertise in Kalaripayattu. Athmakalari, renowned as the best Kalaripayattu center in India, is deeply committed to the transformative power of Kalaripayattu. We are dedicated to nurturing this rich martial art form and sharing its immense benefits for the betterment of our nation’s heroes.

When I decided to learn Kalaripayattu I made the right choice of coming down to Kerala where this art originated. The transformation that happens physically and mentally when one practices kalaripayattu inside Kuzhikalari (traditional Kalari pit) is life changing.

Harsha Banthia

Yoga Instructor

In consistently showing up for Kalari sessions I have noticed: a deeper sense of connection with my body and its needs, the ability to breath through those real life moments that feel just as challenging and as demanding as Kalaripayattu.

Kiran T

SDE / Microsoft R&D

After pregnancy my body weight became a big roadblock in my dream to return to Indian team. It was my husband Jobin Joseph who introduced me to Athma Kalari which helped me to regain my stamina and strength and helped my comeback to the Indian team in a very helpful way. My experience is that Kalari has been very helpful in my athletic career.


Former Indian Volleyball Captian