This unique method of training belongs to the South of India, namely Tamil Nadu Kerala, and Venadu. Its comprises of different stances, and according to the method taught, some stances are held high, some are held low with crouching movements. In short the Tekkan system places great emphasis on open hand skills, locking, trips, sweeps, throws are to name a few. The weapons that are used mainly are the Long stick (nedu vadi) short stick (kuru vadi), machete (vetukathi) knife fighting, sword and shield (valum parichayam). The history of the Southern Tekkan Kalari goes back to the Sage Agastya a divine incarnation of Lord Shiva to depart the science of Medicine, martial arts, wisdom, etc. living some millions of years ago with eternal life he taught 18 disciples, who then imparted the knowledge further a field, far and wide.
Tekkan Kalari begins with a certain mount of warm ups especially for the waist and hips. The first beginning forms are known as (vadachuvada) or round steps. This is where the left foot during the practise of the form is kept in one place. The other leg then goes forward, then turns to go back, then to left, then to the right, then back beginning point, whilst this is happening the hands perform certain hands skills. This is one style of (vadachuvada). Others (Vadachuvada) forms go off differently, like forward then left, then right, then back, all in all there are some 8 16 or 18 64 (Vadachuvada) fixed footwork forms. They may have low crouching moves, upright moves, spinning moves, forward moves, reverse moves, ducking moves, whilst hands, foots, elbow are neatly placed to strike one of the 108 marman points.
The first form in Tekkan Kalari is the most important. This is the salutation form to Guru, God. Actually when we start this form, we must remember Mother, father, Guru then God. Without mother and father we cannot be here, without Guru we cannot know God. This maybe in the form of whichever Sampradya you are following. The Southern system gives more importance to footwork, hands and leg attacks. Adimura, AdiThada, Tattamura, PidiMura, MarmaAdi, the locks and release of the locks and mentioned.There are also animal within the forms aswell as animal training drills, such as the crocodile press ups, Snake press ups, Lizard press up. Later, you will be taught moving steps, (tatchuvada). These forms movement covers all different patterns, duck, twist, spin, slip, jump, crouch etc. Forms cover square, circle, triangle, see below for some of its methods.
Some of the shapes that the Southern kalari forms base themselves on:
Open hand fighting known as (kai puru) or hand fight, these are sometimes long or short prearranged fight sequences designed to understand the attacking of the vital points through the complexity of the drill. The proper method of kai puru was that you be shown the vital points where each attack is made. Then with your partner, you pair off the aim at those points whilst your partner will block the incoming attacks. As if you were chasing to hit certain key points on the human anatomy. There are different types of kai puru, using elbows (kai muttu) knees (kal muttu) foot (padam) and so on. Such skills form the basics of (Adi Tada) block and strike. Other than prearranged fight there are sensitivity drills and lock drills, where you will flow in and out of locks, this is too make sure you know the escape of if a lock is placed on you. There are some 64 locks, though there are many variations of each lock. These are done on the floor, standing, crouching etc. These locks are identical to locks found in kust i. Some Tekkan kalari masters speak of the words, (Adi Tada kusti). The sciences of Kalari are based on 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and 108. Also understanding of body movement is based on 3. Examples of this are as follows. There are 8 body positions that all techniques can and must be applied, Laying on the floor, on one knee, on both knees, crouching, low, middle, upright, jumping. The 8 directions as on a compass, also up and down. Understanding the methods one then combines 8x8=64 etc. This truly makes Kalari a very advanced system. The 64 locks must also be applied in the same way, thus the practitioner will cover all angles of defence.