By the end of the long session, I had just as many questions as I had answers; Kalaripayattu involves immaculate coordination between mind and body. And as I watched students, as young as 8 years old, honing their skills and their craft, I was also provided with deeper insights, pertaining to the importance of Kalari in modern Kerala, and its influence on the people.
The explanation isn't easy, as its very essence has been extracted from the culture and tradition of the people in Kerala. However, through Kalaripayattu, one learns discipline, self-control, and respect. Furthermore, the physical nature of the training improves one's muscle coordination, dexterity, and helps in combating fatigue.