Three day Kalarippayattu workshop

With the Indian master Bosko Joseph

by Gurruckal Bosko Joseph (UK)

Date: 18, 19, 20 JUNI 2018
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Location: BAU studio, Entrepotdok 4 Amsterdam

Discover this this ancient martial art that has become an essential training for Nicole and that often forms the training for the dancers in her work.

The Kalarippayattu body/mind training is an ancient martial art from Kerala, South India, a self-defense method and a healing system. The training develops strength, stamina, flexibility, endurance, concentration, will power and a flow of movement similar to a river. It is a very complete, demanding but beautiful transformational body training, in which the body becomes all eyes, training the total awareness that is ideal for the warrior, and also the dancer and performer. Different deep, low, animal poses are combined with dynamic high kicks and jumps. In Kalarippayattu we meet our own limits and learn to go further, awakening instinct and awareness of your bodies’ strength, its movement in space, in relation to the people around you.

This workshop is for beginners with some information and advanced students of Kalarippayattu. Just like in India we start the day all together and then train different levels simultaneously. To find out a bit more about Bosko, please visit his website - (which is not very extensive) www. Another element of the training of Kalarippayattu is a healing system, that includes massages. Bosko will offer them after the training. Please contact Djahan if you are interested.

To apply for the workshop, please send an email to Justa Ter Haar at Contact Djahan Manuela Mazhari (massage reservations):

We ask a small contribution to the cost (bringing Bosko over to Amsterdam, offering him a fee and studio-rent): only 50€ for the three days. If you come on singular days, we ask 20€ a day. We prefer to assemble a group that trains for all of the three mornings. Payments in advance, please contact Justa.

In order to prepare for this workshop, we would love for you to partake in a several of the weekly trainings of KALARI AMSTERDAM. Being a bit more informed makes the workshop more fun. The trainings with Djahan take place on Mondays 10:00 - 12:00 and on Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30. (contribution: 10€)

The location of these trainings will be published on Facebook: Some trainings will be in the BAU studio, some in Singel studio 1e Nassaustraat 7 21 and 23 May - BAU 28 and 30 May - possibly in CREA 4 and 6 June - BAU 11 and 13 June - Singel

This workshop is organised in collaboration with Kalari Amsterdam the training-group under the guidance of Djahan Manuela Mazhari, that has been coming together since 2002 in a studio in Amsterdam, learning and training together. Kalari Amsterdam follows the teachings and style of master E. P. Vasudeva Gurrukal. Some of us have studied in his CVN Kalari situated in the village of Kaduthuruty, Kerala, South India.

Brief history of Kalarippayat
Kalarippayat is one of the most ancient martial arts. It originates in Kerala, South India, and has been practiced through the ages by women and men, disciples from all religious backgrounds alike. History dates its origins to 1500 BC, but myths and legends mix in with history very playfully.

The south Indian prince called Ta Mo, gave up his kingdom and heritage to follow the path that would take him to Buddhism. He is known under the name of: Bodhidharma. During his travels, he met great Kalari masters from whom he learnt the secrets of Kalarippayattu, which he later taught with his philosophy to the Shaolin monks. During the middle ages, there was a certain caste, the Kshatriyas, whose duty was to fight to defend different kingdoms.Then came a ban from the British colonizers on its practice, therefore they needed to go incognito. Unfortunately as with Indian dance, part of the rich heritage was at risk of being lost. Thankfully, there was inner resistance and some people continued to practice and teach secretly.

The Kalari is a special place which resembles a temple: rituals with flower offerings, mantras, oil lamps, and hard work, from dawn to dusk, not only in the earth floor training space, but also in the small area reserved for patients who are treated for all kinds of ailments. The Kalari disciple who becomes a master "Guru", with time becomes as well an Ayurvedic healer, a physiotherapist, a herbalist, doctor of the village. He detains almost all the secret vital point striking techniques of his own master.

Djahan Manuela Mazhari
Djahan is an Iranian-Colombian dancer. She was part of the first generation of post- modern dancers in Colombia. Inspired by great masters such as David Zambrano, Angels Margalit, Pep y Maria and Marianela Boan from Cuba she co-created the “Noruz,” company. Djahan traveled to India and specialized over the years in both Kalarippayattu and Mohini Attam (classical Indian dance from Kerala). Meanwhile, she worked as a performer, dancer/physical theater, for Sassan Saghar Yagmai, Dick Hauser, DOX, Agaath Witteman, and Miranda Lakerveld. She has also made her own choreographies with pure kalari, and performed solos mixing various styles. She has been teaching for Nicole Beutler, I.D.T, and Emio Greco companies.