Kalari means training field and payattu means practice with weapons and without weapons. Kalaripayattu
is the most ancient martial art in the world. Peoples believe that the Kalaripayattu culture is 3000 years existing in the world. Kalaripayattu is known to be the mother of all martial arts. The Kalari centres were the practicing centres of the soldiers of the erstwhile local rulers of Kerala. The father of Shaolin martial art Kungfu, Bodhidharma
started Shaolin Kungfu
in China only after mastering Kalaripayattu from Kerala
State in India.