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Recognised by Nithya Chaithanya Kalari 

Kalaripayattu (martial arts from South India), possibly the world’s oldest martial arts system has it’s divine roots coming from Lord Shiva. And then from Lord Shiva to Lord Nandi and Lord Karthikeya. In mortal world, topmost Gurus that are considered are Sage Parshurama and Sage Agastya.

Sage Agastya style of martial arts is known as Thekkan Kalari. There is also a similar art of this style in Tamilnadu known as Silambam or Chilambam. Sage Parshurama style of martial art is known as Vadakkan Kalari.

Thekkan Kalari (Sage Agastya style) style follows a narrow stance. Weapons vs Bare hand techniques are main part of this style. Also in bare hand combat, Marma striking is most dominant part.

Vadakkan Kalari (Sage parshurama style) style follows a broad and deep stance. Weapons vs Weapons are main part of this style.

Kalaripayattu is combination of two words. Kalari + payattu. Kalari is a place or akhara or dojo where martial practice is done. Payattu means practice of martial arts. So practice of martial arts in kalari is known as Kalaripayattu.

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