with Djahan Manuela Mazhari Perez
Date: each Monday & Friday in March and April
Time: 10:00 -12:00
Price: Regular class price & Huppass
Studio: HJS at Chassé Dance Studios
The Kalarippayattu body/mind training is very complete.It is an ancient beautiful art form, a self-defense method, and a healing system as well.
Different animal poses are very deep, low, and yet combined with dynamic high kicks and jumps. You meet your limits and learn to play with them. Repetition is a key element, instinct too. You learn through repetition and observation.
Awakening and awareness through your whole being open your perceptions to the space and people around you. That is the ideal state of the warrior, but also of a performer.
Regular Ayurvedic oil massages are given and received by each student and by the master. These help attain the flexibility and flow typical of Kalari: the training develops strength, stamina, flexibility, endurance, concentration, will power, and a flow of movement similar to a river.
Weapons are taught gradually and bare hand fighting only at the very end, to the disciples who have proved themselves worthy.
The students are first introduced to the wooden sticks, long, short, curved (each revealing special hidden hand techniques).
Then there are 6 metal weapons, of which the last and most dangerous one is the Urumi, a long whip sword.
"Kalari Amsterdam" follows the teachings and style of great master E.P.Vasudeva Gurrukal. Some disciples have studied in his CVN kalari situated in the village of Kaduthuruty, Kerala, south India.
Brief history of Kalarippayat
Kalarippayat is one of the most ancient martial arts. It originates in Kerala, South India, and has been practiced through the ages by women and men, disciples from all religious backgrounds alike.
History dates its origins to 1500 BC, but myths and legends mix in with history very playfully.
The south Indian prince called Ta Mo, gave up his kingdom and heritage to follow the path that would take him to Buddhism. He is known under the name of: Bodhidharma. During his travels, he met great Kalari masters from whom he learnt the secrets of Kalarippayattu, which he later taught with his philosophy to the Shaolin monks.
During the middle ages, there was a certain caste, the Kshatriyas, whose duty was to fight to defend different kingdoms.
Then came a ban from the British colonizers on its practice, therefore they needed to go incognito. Unfortunately as with Indian dance, part of the rich heritage was at risk of being lost. Thankfully, there was inner resistance and some people continued to practice and teach secretly.
The Kalari is a special place which resembles a temple: rituals with flower offerings, mantras, oil lamps, and hard work, from dawn to dusk, not only in the earth floor training space, but also in the small area reserved for patients who are treated for all kinds of ailments.
The Kalari disciple who becomes a master "Guru", with time becomes as well an Ayurvedic healer, a physiotherapist, a herbalist, doctor of the village. He detains almost all the secret vital point striking techniques of his own master.
Djahan Manuela Mazhari, is an Iranian-Colombian dancer. She was part of the first generation of post- modern dancers in Colombia. Inspired by great masters such as David Zambrano, Angels Margalit, Pep y Maria and Marianela Boan from Cuba she co-created the “Noruz,” company. Djahan traveled to India and specialized over the years in both Kalarippayattu and Mohini Attam (classical Indian dance from Kerala). Meanwhile, she worked as a performer, dancer/physical theater, for Sassan Saghar Yagmai, Dick Hauser, DOX, Agaath Witteman, and Miranda Lakerveld. She has also made her own choreographies with pure kalari, and performed solos mixing various styles. She has been teaching for Nicole Beutler, I.D.T, and Emio Greco companies.
Kalarippayat offers a very complete, demanding but beautiful transformational body training, in which the body becomes all eyes, that is the total awareness ideal for the warrior, but also for a dancer and performer. For more information please check the info on FB page: Kalarippayat Trainings in Amsterdam