With high flexibility, 78-year-old grandmother Meenakshi appeared while performing ingenious combat moves using the bamboo cane that her son uses in the martial arts sport “Kalari” in India, where Meenakshi tries to preserve this Indian sports heritage by brilliantly practicing various movements With the aim of passing it on to her grandchildren later, since her widowhood in 2009, she took the family torch at the head of the Kadathanad Kalari Sangam Indian School which was founded by her husband, Gurukal in 1949.
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The boursorama website says, “Kalari is believed to be the oldest martial art in India, and the grandmother who lives in Kerala in southern India, is now a reference for this sport, which is also known as claribayatu in India, and Meenakshi does not miss any opportunity to encourage girls to exercise too”.
A picture taken on September 14, 2021 shows Mrs. Meenakshi with her son, Sajiv Kumar, while they practice “Kalaripayattu”, and in her hand a bamboo stick, where the grandmother has the driving force in reviving the sport kalaripayattu In Kerala, in southern India, both as an ancient practice and in encouraging girls to learn it today.
Grandma during the combat match
This martial art was declared a national sport, and is the oldest in India, after it was on the verge of disappearing after its ban in 1804 by the British colonial power at the time.
What is currently being highlighted in the exhibition “Ultime Combat” , dedicated to Asian martial arts, opened this week at the Museum Quai Branly In Paris.
girls doing sports