Kalari Martial Arts Public Performance Wednesday September 28 at 6:30 pm
Public Performance: Wednesday September 28 at 6:30 pm
Kalaripayat is the ancient martial art form practiced in Southern India. Participants will learn the basics of the kalaripayat practice including breathing techniques to increase stamina and focus, the animal postures, jumps and kicks and the graceful flowing movements that link them all together. Over seven weeks Ka-na-chi-hih clients will go beyond learning new movement skills – this project will allow them to integrate those movements with songs and drumming to tell their own traditional stories, and perform before the members of their own community and the wider community.
Hans Wolfgramm began practicing kalaripayat as an 8 year old while living in Singapore. After moving to Toronto a few years later, without a kalaripayat teacher, he switched focus to competitive fencing. As a fencer he won multiple national silver medals, provincial titles, and represented Canada at the Under20 World Championships, and the World University Games. After retiring from competitive fencing at 20, he took a trip to Kerala to return to kalaripayat practice. In the 8 years since, he has trained intensively and extensively with renowned kalari masters Phillip Zarrilli, PA Binoy, and Vijayan Gurukkal. As a teacher, Hans synthesizes the different approaches of his own teachers, while drawing on his background in cognitive science and high performance sports to emphasize specificity of movement and focus.
This public demonstration is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Kanachihih.