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Kalarippayat Paperback – August 22, 2008
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The foundation of kalarippayat is rooted in the same conceptual approach to the body as Ayurvedic medicine. Many of these concepts are similar to those found in classical Chinese medicine, such as Shiva/Shakti (like Yin/Yang), the five elements, the Nadis (energetic meridians) and the Marmas (acupoints). There has been some conjecture about the possible influence of kalari on Chinese martial arts (for example, Bodhidharma coming from India), but many of the stances used appear to be quite different.
The art is practiced in three different regional variations, Northern, Central, and Southern, which differ in their approach to footwork and training emphasis. D.H. Luijendijk studied the three traditions over a ten year period and is qualified as an instructor in all of them. He provides a good explanation of the historical and political environments that led to the development of these differences. However, the focus of this book is on practice, and many forms and applications are illustrated with photographs. Therefore it makes a good companion volume to the excellent "When the Body Becomes All Eyes" by Zarrilli, which focuses on the history and sociology of the art, but not so much on the techniques.Read more ›