KICKS Kalaripayattu

KALARIPAYATTU LEG EXERCISES (KICKS) are one of the best to make the legs strong and flexible !!!

30 days Kalaripayattu training in India was a new movement experience. Most of these days we spend on practicing kalaripayattu kicks. Each kick has its transition (meaning turn). At the beginning the leg exercises seemed to be easy, but as long as we started to practice them, we noticed that they require a lot of flexibility and strength. After one month training we could feel how the legs muscles are building, but in a way, where they are not stiff but rather powerful and “extended”.

One of the characteristics of kalaripayattu kicks is that the arms need to be lifted all the time. That is actually pretty helpful. The body is more extended and the back remains straight. Also, it helps to keep balance. The feet should be pointed, kind of like in ballet. In kalaripayattu, of course, the feet position is more natural, after all it is a martial art not a dance.  

Below you will find kalaripayattu terminology of the leg exercises that we have learned. The language of the exercises is MALAYALAM. Malayalam is a main language spoken across the Indian state of Kerala.



1. Ner kaal – straight swing (ner – straight, kal – leg)

when students perform kicks the teacher shouts ValathnereEdathnere, which refers to right side and left side.

2. Kon kaal – diagonal swing (corner leg)

3. Veethu kaal – circle swing

One round of kicks means going all length of kalari (training place) forth and back. Changing the direction of movement is called transition. There are different transitions for each kick.


For ner kaal the transitions can be:

  • Valathu nerey thiringu
  • Valathu nerey munbil chavitti thiringu valingamarnnu
  • Valathu nerey munbil chavitti thiringu othadiyil amarnnu

For kon kaal the transition is:

  • Akam kaal – inward press

For veethu kaal the transition is:

  • Purram kaal – outward flick


Mumbil chavitti thirinju – straight swing with turns.





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Hello :) I am happy that you are here. Let me introduce myself. I am Basia. I am a cofounder of I was born in Poland in a small city close to a Baltic Sea. In 2013 I graduated MSc in Physiotherapy in Scotland. I am passionate about Movement, Traveling and Healthy Life. In 2016 I started an intensive training in Shaolin Kung Fu School in China. From that moment I decided to dedicate my life to explore and learn different movements from around the world. I love writing and sharing my experience and knowledge through articles. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts! Feel free to comment and ask questions.


  1. Jospeh Kalish

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

  2. parveen kumar

    how did you find this kalari school ?
    whats the fees for a course?
    plz reply on these

    • Basia

      Hey Parveen,

      We found this school through our friend, who gave us a contact to Raam Kumar. It was Raam Kumar who arrange the sleeping place for us and training. But Raam Kumar wasn’t at the school all the time, he came just for few days to teach us. We had most of our classes with Sri Nath (a good student of Raam Kumar). If you want to contact Raam Kumar, this is his fb account:

      The school, where we trained is called Sreerangom C.V.N. Kalari Chikilsakendram. This is their website You can check it out. I know that they have regular kalaripayattu classes for locals in the mornings as I described in the article But, for foreigners it is different.

      We were living in the kalarichikilsa hospital, so we needed to pay for the nights plus for the training. I really don’t remember how much it was, but the prices should be on their website and you can also contact them and ask what they can offer you. It all depends on how much you want to train and how long you want to stay.

      Good luck!!! Keep your Warrior Spirit awake!!!


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