Veera Tekkan Kalari
KrishnaKutty Nair Asan
One of the most famous kalari masters in Kerala is KrishaKuttyNair Asan, once boasting of 18 kalari schools in Kerala. He has done demonstrations in Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, and throughout India. The tekkan kalari of KrishanKutty Nair is known by its many jumping sequences and back hand strikes, It's a very energetic style, with high kicks, jumps, leaps and rolling. Again there are many names of the Vedic deities, Hanuman, Bhima, Krishna, Shiva etc. The forms are long that contains much spinning, double punching etc. Krishakutty Nair is now more that 70 years old and had learnt from at least 8 masters in his lifetime. He has formed the Veera Kalari meaning warrior kalari. It is 90% Tekkan with slightly Vaddakan Northern kalari influence, though he says that it is still 100% tekkan and that the vadakan look a like movements are actually tekkan, and much confusion surrounds this theory. But the style is both powerful and free. There are 36 forms within this system. The weapons are a vast array of classical weapons. Spears, sword and shield, knife, stick, double swords, machete, deer antler horns and many more. Though I have learned his art, I was particular interested in the deer antler horns and how its was used as a weapon. Today Krishna Kutty Nair only retains his own school, which is called Veera kalari Sangham. His son also helps the training.