Our senior Teachers have an average experience of 20+ years in various martial arts, movement arts and yoga, of which at least 8 years have been dedicated solely to the study of Kalarippayat. The Kalari.org Senior Teachers are the driving force behind the creation of the Kalari.org’s Online Academy, as well as our Teacher Training Program. They will safely guide you through the basic, intermediate and advanced stages of our lineage’s tradition in Northern Style, Southern Style and Central Style Kalarippayat.
Kai Peter Hitzer
Kalari.org Founder and Director
Kai discovered Kalari in early 2004 while looking for effective exercise to help his recovery from a severe slip disc syndrom. inspired by the healing he felt in his body, he embarked on his first trip to India, starting his studies under Kalari Grandmaster Gurukkal CM Sherif of Kannur. Kai has been passing on the art ever since 2005, his lessons characterized by years of experience with various martial arts, Yoga and their underlying philosophies.
A Senior Instructor of the Kerala Kalarippayat Academy (KKA), Kai opened his clay-floor Kalari and Yoga studio in Hamburg in 2006 before relocating the country site of Pronstorf in Northern Germany with his family and his newborn twins in 2016.
Kalari.org Senior Teacher
Alexander has held a passion for martial arts and their respective philosophies ever since was a young boy. He practiced various Asian martial arts before finding Yoga in 1999. He took his first trip to India in 2008. Curious about local traditions, he eventually got introduced to Kalarippayat at the Kerala Kalarippayat Academy. He ended up staying for 2 years, studying the art under Gurukkal C.M. Sherif.
In 2011 Alexander returned as Senior Instructor of the KKA. Alex is known for his athletic ability and for paying close attention to the anatomy of movement as well as his ambition to unlock the individual potential of every student. For him, Kalarippayat is a blueprint for martial arts and movement, applicable for everyone ready to dive deep. Alex joined Kalari.org as Senior Teacher in 2017 and is co-responsible for creating the programs for the Online Acamdey and Kalari.org Teacher Training.
The Kalari.org Teachers have all at least completed the Kalari.org 200h Lvl I Teacher Training or an equivalent. In addition, most of them have also done their share of practice in Kalari’s indigenous home country of Kerala, Southern India, mostly at the Kerala Kalarippayat Academy of CM Sherif Gurukkal. All Kalari.org Lvl I Teachers are capable of safely guiding any beginning or intermediate student through the basic curriculum of Northern Style Kalarippayat in the tradition of Kalari.org, all the way to first Long- and Short Stick Forms.
Deva Kamila Ludwig
Kalari.org Lvl I Teacher in Training
Deva is a proud mother of five, a former track and field athlete and a relaxation therapist by trade. She is the founder of artofnomind.org, a wholistic system of bodywork, meditation, coaching and nutrition. „Relaxation is a matter of being, not a matter of skill“ is her credo, and the way Kalari brings practitioners into the present moment immediately hit home with her. She has trained ever since.
Deva is the strong woman behind Kalari.org, often assisting Kai during workshops and heading their home and retreat center in Northern Germany known as Human Posture. Since 2017 Deva has also started to teach her own Kalari workshops, focussing on empowering women in a healthy way.
Kalari.org Lvl I Teacher in Training
Malwina was always active and vigorous, and absolved her first Yoga class in her home birth town of Sopot in Poland the age of 14. During her college years she started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa, as well as Buddhist philosophy. She began practicing Vipasana in 2012 and graduated from her first Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2013, followed by a 200h Synergy Yoga Training with Simon Borg-Olivier in 2015.
Being a student continues to be important to Malwina. Immersing herself into Kalarippayat seemed a natural progression on her personal journey, and she became a personal student of Kai Hitzer in 2017. For her, Kalari embodies all the elements and teachings of a fulfilling lifetime practice.
Kalari.org Lvl I Teacher in Training
Ezequiel started Yoga with his father while he was still a young boy. Elena Figarola later introduced him to the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and guided his first steps as a teacher, before he began studying with John Scott, who has remained his main Yoga reference and inspiration ever since.
He discovered Kalarippayatt in 2017 when he attended the first Kalari Practitioner Training that was taught by Kai Hitzer in Barcelona. The powerful effect of the practice and Kai’s teachings ultimately inspired him to go deeper into the ancient practice, and he became a personal student in 2017. As professional piano player, Kalari has become the missing piece between the inner space cultivated in Yoga and the outer expression of music.
Kalari.org Lvl I Teacher
Victor started his rigorous physical training in russian folk dances at the age of six, giving him solid foundation for artistic, athletic and acrobatic body training. He later moved into styles like jazz-modern, hip hop, street dance, break dance and lindy hop and has also been practicing various styles of martial arts, before moving into AcroYoga and partner acrobatics in 2012 and completing the AcroYoga Teacher Training in 2017.
Victor was introduced to Kalarippayat in 2013 and has been qualified to pass on the art to beginners after his first trip to India in early 2016 and regularly teachers Kalari to beginners on festivals. Victor is a university educated IT manager and entrepreneur since 2003 by trade and takes care of all of Kalari.org’s IT matters.
The Kalari.org Ambassadors are very active and distinguished practitioners who have a least completed the Kalari.org 60h Practitioner Training or an equivalent. Ambassadors are not fully certified teachers, but they often act as hosts of open practices and space holders in their respective cities or communities. Even though they will not formerly teach, they will be happy to share their their experience of the Kalari practice with you, along with additional information that will help you find your way into the Kalari practice.
Rocío García Karlsson
Rocío started practicing Yoga with her first teacher Alma Cantarero. She started to be curious about stronger physical styles and began to practice Rocket Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyas, which she currently practices. She has been practicing on a daily basis for 4 years and has attended different trainings with David Kyle and Sebastián Arbondo.
She discovered Kalarippayatt in 2017 at the Global Yoga Congress in Barcelona, where she met her teacher Kai Hitzer, and felt the urge to keep learning this powerful and invigorating practice. Rocío has attended the first Kalari Practitioner Training taught in Barcelona and is thoroughly passionate about the important and transforming outcomes that the Kalari practice has brought into her life.
Daniela is the proud mother of three and works as indipendent yoga teacher, physiotherapist, massage therapist, coach and healer. She is the owner of ShivaFloor, a studio space located close to Leipzig in Klostermansfeld, Germany.
Daniela got to know Kalarippayat 2016 in one of Kai Hitzer’s introductory Workshops in Germany. Inspired and eager to dive deep, she joined Kalari.org’s first German Practitioner in May 2017.
Tom worked as paramedic before later graduating as nurse anaesthetist. Tom has been passionate about martial arts for 25 years. He is a 2nd degree Wing Tsun Instructor and has been running his own school in Halle, Leipzig, for many years.
Kalari came to him as a chance discovery while looking for something to do with his girlfriend. She was a yoga teacher, he a martial artist, so Kalari sounded like something that would interest both of them. They ended up in a beginners workshop taught by Kai Hitzer. Kalari turned out to be much more than just a weekend passtime, and Tom signed up for the first German Practitioner Training early in 2016.