Malaysia should introduce kalaripayattu, mother of all martial arts, not silat variation

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/11/30/moe-plans-to-make-silat-as-school-co-curricular-activity/1814861

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalaripayattu

Extract from the link . . .

Kalaripayattu (sometimes shortened as Kalari) is an Indian martial art and fighting system that originated in Kerala.

There is also a mention about Tulunadan Kalari in the Northern ballads of Chekavar in Malabar.

In Kerala, the warriors belonged to all castes.

Kalaripayattu is held in high regard, as it is considered to be among the oldest martial arts still in existence, with its origin in the Martial arts timeline dating back to at least the 3rd century BCE.

Author, Arnaud van der Veere confers the origin of martial arts to India (the roots of which are thought to be Kalaripayattu), which he refers to as “the mother of all martial arts”.

Kalaripayattu is a wholesome martial art designed for the ancient battlefield (the word “Kalari” meaning “battlefield”), with weapons and combative techniques that are unique to India.

Kalaripayattu masters possess intricate knowledge of pressure points on the human body and healing techniques that incorporate the knowledge of Ayurveda and Yoga.

Students are taught the martial art as a way of life, with a sense of caring, discipline, respect toward the master, fellow-students, parents and the community.

Particular emphasis is placed on avoiding confrontational situations and using the martial art only as a means of protection, when no other alternative is available.

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Read further . . .

http://www.sutrafoundation.org.my/ramli-ibrahim/

Ramli Ibrahim, while studying in Australia, discovered that the roots of dance in the Archipelago lie in India.

So, he abandoned what has been erroneously described as “Malay” dancing.

Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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