An army regiment keen to learn ‘kalari’ from Muhammad Gurukkal
Vadakara: Kadathanad K P Chandran Gurukkal Memorial Kalari Sangam has now started the training for its second batch of soldiers of the Indian Army.
Initially, a team of seven army men approached Muhammad Gurukkal, chief tutor of the 'kalari', to learn a few lessons of ‘kalaripayattu’ (a martial art) for performing on the military camp day. They attended the classes in the morning and evening sessions for two months and learned several combative techniques such as ‘kaikuthipayattu’, ‘kaluyarthipayattu’, ‘vaalpayattu’, and ‘vadipayattu’. When they performed it on the military day, their colleagues appreciated it and encouraged them to resume the classes. Later more soldiers joined them. Some of the officers have decided to teach other soldiers in the camp.
For the Gurukkal, who is a retired police inspector, the classes are part of his service to the country. He does not charge fees from them. He said that the soldiers are learning the techniques easily as they do regular exercises.
Once a Subedar had visited the ‘kalari’ and presented a gift to the Gurukkal on behalf of the Delhi 1852 field regiment of the Indian Army. Muhammad Gurukkal has also performed the martial art at the Wagah border.