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    Is this indian martial art any good?? Are the hand to hand techniques good? Can someone please tell me about it? Thanks a lot

    #2
    Originally posted by wado123456 View Post
    Is this indian martial art any good?? Are the hand to hand techniques good? Can someone please tell me about it? Thanks a lot
    Are you looking at a school that teaches it? do they have a website?

    I googled and found this video... Kalaripayattu - Barehanded fighting on Yahoo! Vidéo
    Looks like capoiera with knives... which is a really, really bad idea

    Edit: To be honest, after checking out www.kalaripayattu.org I would suggest you stay far the hell away from these guys if you want to learn anything useful.
    Last edited by NoTeefa; 4/06/2009 11:58pm, .

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      #3
      He scared me at 0:45

      LOL it looks like ballet with knives

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        #4
        I'm not normally one to judge quickly, but more Google-fu reveals it is heavily intertwined with Ayurveda, some other web pages allege it is the world's oldest martial art, and some say that pressure points are emphasized. Also, they have many poses, one of which is a fish pose.

        *blinks*

        ...WTF does a fish pose look like?

        Dear god... The vid... no words... it looks like the bastard child of capoiera + bad aikido + knives.

        Anyways, one more vote towards finding something else if you are looking for something useful.

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          #5
          It looks like Equilibrum with knives. God I hated that movie.

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            #6
            YouTube - Kalari Payattu, Martial Arts - India

            And here's a four part documentary on Kalaripayattu:

            YouTube - India Martial art - Kalaripayattu Part-01

            YouTube - India Martial art - Kalaripayattu Part-02

            YouTube - Indian Martial art - Kalaripayattu Part-03

            YouTube - India Martial art - Kalaripayattu Part-04 END

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              #7
              "Is it any good?" depends entirely on what you're looking for. Kalaripayattu is a legit. ancient style, possibly one of the oldest MAs still practiced. It's highly ritualized and requires great physical agility and skill. If that sounds useful to you, go for it. If you want something that will help you survive street fights or win MMA matches then look somewhere else.
              Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.

              Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)

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                #8
                There have been numerous Kalaripayattu threads on MAP through the ages, and the general consensus is that it's mostly flash and chop-sockey. Kind of an Indian version of Wushu.
                The fool thinks himself immortal,
                If he hold back from battle;
                But old age will grant him no truce,
                Even if spears spare him.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by wado123456 View Post
                  Is this indian martial art any good?? Are the hand to hand techniques good? Can someone please tell me about it? Thanks a lot
                  If your ever in London check out a teacher by the name of Paul Whitrod. He is a TMA practitioner of various arts but his school includes frequent full contact sparring. I've met a Nei Jia guy who was incredibly powerful who talked highly of his fighting ability. The fact that he spars full contact and so do his students you can go and have a look for yourself if your ever interested and in London.

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