Kalaripayattu demonstration by Raam Kumar with Otta

Raam Kumar | CVN Kalari, East Fort, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Kalaripayattu, one of the oldest fighting systems is a martial art from Kerala, India. It comprises a series of strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Kalaripayattu is derived from the word Kalari meaning school or gymnasium and payattu meaning fight or exercise.

An Otta is a wooden stick of about 18 to 20 inches in length and resemble the shape of a spine. The rounded tip is used to strike the vital points of the opponent’s body.