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Bodhidharma JKS India - Kalaripayattu - Northern Style
 

The northern style of kalaripayat places comparatively more emphasis on weapons than on empty hands. Masters in this system are usually known as gurukkal (or occasionally as asaan), and were often given honorific titles, especially Panikkar.

Northern kalaripayat is distinguished by its meippayat, physical training and use of full-body oil massage. The system of treatment and massage, and the assumptions about practice are closely associated with ayurveda. The purpose of medicinal oil massage is to increase practitioners' flexibility or to treat muscle injuries incurred during practice. The term for such massages is "thirumal". The massage specifically for physical flexibility is called "katcha thirumal".

Lineages (sampradayam) in northern kalaripayat include the arappukai, pillatanni and vattantirippu styles.

 
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