Kalaripayattu (sometimes shortened as Kalari) is an Indian martial art and fighting system that originated in kerala. Some practitioners claim that it’s the oldest martial art in existence, with its origin dating back to the 3rd century BC. Early written evidence of martial arts is found in Dhanurveda a part of Atharvaveda and Rig Veda and also in Sangam about Kalarippayattu in the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AD.
Kalari is a Martial art which generally evokes the image of violence. Elements from the yoga sutras of Patanjali, as well as finger movements in the Nata dances were incorporated into the fighting arts. Northern style Kalaripayattu is based on elegant and flexible movements, evasions, jumps and weapons training make use of internal and external concepts.