Kalaripayattu, the martial art form of Kerala, is regarded as the oldest and most scientific in the world.
Training in combat is given at the Kalari (training school). The principles of Kalari education stipulate that training in martial arts begins with an oil massage of the body which goes on until the body is agile and supple. Feasts like chattom (jumping), ottam (running), marichil (somersault) etc. are then taught, followed by lessons in the use of weapons such as daggers, sword, spears, maces, the bow and arrow and so on.
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