How to start

If you are interested in kalari but you don’t know how to start, we answer some frequently ask questions:

When can I start trainings?

You can join our classes at any time, no matter of your physical condition and level. The formula of the trainings allows both advanced students and beginners practising together.

Who are the teachers?

Classes are led by Sankar Sivasankaran Nair 
Justyna Rodzińska-Nair

If you want to know how Studio Kalari was started, as well as the Nair family, read this article on the blog.

When are the trainings and how much do they cost?

The first class is free of charge. You can then pay a single class or a pass for a speciphic number of classes or an open pass.
Please check the current schedule and fee here.

Do I need to declare on which days I want to come?

No. You can come to any training.

How often should I train?

The best option is to practise 3 times per week. You can have a feeling of stable condition and it is easier to observe progress. If you come less often, it is also worth a try. The most frequent and freaking participants who come 4-6 times per week should pay attention to proper regeneration between trainings, and also be careful during training in order not to tire their organism too much.

Will I be able to follow a training if I’m not so fit?

If you are about to start your adventure with kalari, we will pay more attention to explain you basic steps and exercises. You will work at your own speed, on the level of your current possibilities. In the beginning, you will focus on improving your general condition and remembering basic steps and sequences. Gradually you will be able to perform more advanced elements of training. Kalari aims at process, and not quick results. If you practise regularly 2-3 times per week, already after several classes you will notice some progress and also you will feel positive changes in your body and your mindset 🙂 

Why beginners practise with advanced students?

In India, there is just one type of classes and it is possible to join them at any moment. Beginners learn not only from the master but also from senior students – and not just by repeating exercises, but also observing how others practise. The point is not just the way one executes exercises or remembers movements and sequences but also quality of their energy and focus. 

Teaching in Poland, we tested different options – both common trainings for advanced and beginners, as well as occasional regular trainings only for beginners who – as we often heard – were a bit afraid to immediately join an advanced group. 

Based on this experience, we found that common trainings are more beneficial for both groups. Beginners appreciated the fact that they could see senior students practising and therefore learn and understand exercises and forms better, as well as feel part of this dynamic and supportive group of people connected with a common passion and values. On the other hand the advanced students can observe learning and teaching processes, reflect upon their own practice and help others.

So our students mostly practise together although of course sometimes we organise special classes for beginners.

How does a typical training look like?

Every training starts with a ritual salutation which is followed by various conditioning and stretching exercises such as kicks, twists, turns, jumps, leaps, push-ups, sit-downs, arches, bends. Some of them are quite popular but most of them are typical for kalarippayattu. Exercises can be performed in various versions, depending on one’s skills and level of advancement. They prepare participants for the next part of training which is sequences of movements done in certain directions. Sequences develop coordination, concentration, precision and speed, and prepare for the part of training reserved for the most advanced students which is empty hand combat, as well as combat with use of weapons (wooden sticks, knives and swords). The last part of training is spinning bamboo sticks. Trainings finish with the salutation  done also at the beginning. 

Who comes to kalari trainings? 

Among our participants there are women and men; younger and older; artists, actors, musicians, visual artists, social activists, project managers, architects, IT engineers, clercks, therapists, gardeners, cooks, firewomen; childless and parents. They are connected by the need of independence and development of their inner power, as well as wish to follow a path of beautiful and wise discipline that combines work with body, mind and spirit. 

If you still have questions or doubts, email us or just come to a class