Kalari.org 60h Practitioner Training

A practitioner’s journey into Kalarippayat

60h Practitioner Curriculum


› Cheruthozil: Simple and powerful psychophysical warm-up and conditioning exercises, including groundwork and animal movements
› Vadivu: The shamanistic Animal Postures of the Kalari tradition
› Kal Ettupu: The nadi-cleansing leg exercises and their basic combinations
› Kalari Yoga Vanakkam: Intro to the Sun Salutation of the Kalari tradition
› Meithozhil: Puthara & Kalari Vandanam („Salutation Form“) and Kalari Yoga Vandanam („Kalari Yoga Salutation“)
› Meithozhil: Meippayat – Arapukai I, Water Form and introduction to Fire Form („Female Form“)
› Meithozhil: Kaikuttippayat – Pilaithangi I („Male Form“)
› Kolthari: Wooden Weapons – Kettukari I (Longstick) and introduction to Cheruvadi (Shortstick)
› Understanding of creating, scaling and maintaining your own personal practice
› Background information on the culture, history and philosophy of Kalari Mura („the Kalari Way“)
› Information about the fundamental psychophysical principles of the practice
› Exclusive manual with key information about the postures, sequences, terminology and key principles for Practitioners

60h Practitioner Key Facts


› 60 hours of Training
› Kalari.org certification
› 14-day residential intensive
› 2 sessions per day with time for recovery
› Prerequisite for Kalari Lvl I Teacher Training
› 10h credit or previous experience required
› Individual exceptions possible
› Gatekeeper for 200h TT

In Doubt?

Please, check in with us if you are in doubt about whether your level of physical fitness is sufficient for participation. We are happy to help.

The Practitioner's Journey


Module I: Gaja Mukha (10 hours)

Entrace to the old KKA Kalari in Kannur

The Initiation | The entrance of a Kalari is usually found on the east side and is sometimes called Gaja Mukha, the elephant face. Three and a half steps lead down into the pit, where your journey into Kalarippayat begins. Your first encounter with the Kalari practice will be Chezho Tozhil (“small work”, warm-up exercises), Kalugal (“leg swings”) and Ashta Vadivu, the shamanic animal postures of the Kalari tradition, which constitute the psychophysical foundation of the Kalari practice. This is where we lay the foundation for your upcoming journey.

Module II: Kalari Yoga (10 hours)

Kai Hitzer praciting the Salutation Form

The Ancient FlowKalari Yoga revolves around the practice of Kalari Yoga Vanakkam, the unique Sun Salutation of the Kalarippayat Tradition, Ashta Vadivu (“Animal Postures”) and the silent practice of the Vandanam, the ancient Salutation Form of Northern Style Kalarippayat. The Vandanam has been opening the space for Kalari practices and ritual duels for millennia, its practitioners utilizing its subtle power to „cut themselves free“ from worldly attachments.

Module III: Pilaitangi (10 hours)

Kai Hitzer practicing the Pilaitangi Kalari Form

Transformative Fury | Male and female sequencing takes us deep into the heart of Vadakkan Sampradayam, the Northern Style of Kalarippayat. Pilaitangi is the male form and taps into what the scriptures call “transformative fury“. Practiced with a one-pointed focus, it is not just a physical form, but a fierce invitation for our Kundalini to rise, as well a tremendously powerful tool of personal transformation.

Module IV: Arapukai (10 hours)

Kai Hitzer praciting the Arapukai Water Form

When the Body becomes all Eyes | Now we are ready to take our first steps in the Female Form, expanding our senses outwards into a state of maximum sensory awareness. In this module we learn how to put the energy previously created in the male form into creative action, losing and regaining focus, jumping, crouching low and rising high. The Arapukai is not just an encoded set of martial arts techniques, it tells an ancient story of cosmic creation.

Module V: Ayudha (10 hours)

Rajeev Gurukkal and CM Zamir of KKA praciting Shortstick

Introduction to WeaponsAfter realigning and energizing the body it has become time to meet a new set of teachers: Weapons. Becoming extensions of our bodies on a non-dualistic sense, every weapon in Kalari is associated with certain attributes, which are taught through partner practice. Entering a state of Yoga and cultivating steadfastness and Vairagya, this practice is a gatekeeper and marks an important time of transition on the Abhyassi’s journey.

Module VI: Abhyassi (10 hours)

Kai Hitzer teaching Kalari

Cultivating the FlowYour are finally getting ready to practice out in the world.You have tasted flow and intensity and can now rightfully call yourself an Abhyassi, a “repeating one”. In this final module everything we have learned during these past 6 months culminates and comes together in its traditional order and tempo, providing you with a taste of how a traditional Kalari practice feels like. We will let our bodies do the talking and cultivate the flow. Surrender, and maybe you will get a taste of what it truly feels like „when the body becomes all eyes“.