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Martial Arts and Sports In Kerala

Kerala has long been known for its various forms of martial arts and sports. The age old martial arts training centers used to be almost like a Gurukul where the students went in at a very young age when the body is still supple.

The child-disciple is then given complete training. Not only are exercises and physical fitness emphasized on, rigorous martial arts training is undergone for many years. The Guru or the preceptor trains the student in many subjects including Ayurveda, the science of herbal healing and Yoga to awaken the mental or psychic powers.

These are considered integral parts of martial training in Kerala as a person needs to effectively heal himself in an ailment before he can prepare for sports and combat. A through knowledge of physiology helped in fruitful combat and prepared the disciple in strong offensive tactics.

Knowledge of the nerves and joints and various body organs helped in preparing a proper defense. A profound philosophical, usually religious doctrine is ingrained. This gives the mind direction and focus. Special martial arts training were provided to the royal militarily guards and the religious warriors.