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.
KALARIPAYATTU LEG EXERCISES
BASIC KALARIPAYATTU KICKS WITH TRANSITIONS
1. Ner kaal – straight swing (ner – straight, kal – leg)
when students perform kicks the teacher shouts Valathnere … Edathnere, 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
ADVANCED KALARIPAYATTU KICKS
Mumbil chavitti thirinju – straight swing with turns.
CHECK ALSO KALARIPAYATTU ANIMAL EXERCISES AND OUR KALARIPAYATTU TRAINING EXPERIENCE: