The Kalarippayat is one of the oldest martial arts in the world and has been practiced for more than 2000 years in southern India. During their occupation, the British tried to forbid its practice but the teaching continued in secret.
This art is based on the knowledge of 107 Marmas or key vital nodal points of the human body. The manipulation of these spots can be used to injure or to kill, but also to heal with the practice of pressure and massage techniques for the nervous system that are prepared with medicated oils. Often, the Guru teaching the combat techniques becomes the local Ayurvedic doctor.