Saturday, March 7, 2009

More Kalari part 2

Some practitioners of taijiquan may note numerous similarities in the concepts, practices, movement technology and teaching methods of kalari to their own art. What may not be obvious is that the symbolism and terminology are also highly analogous. Kalari draws from the 108 postures that are also at the root of the Natya dance. Legend has it that when Arjuna was trained in celestial weapons by Indra himself, he was also trained in dance. This is like being taught applications and a form to practice and refine the jings or energies.

One may also note that kalari has meridian based vital point striking nearly identical to the Chinese daoist systems.