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OttaTHE STAGES IN KALARIPAYATTU:- Kalari payattu is divided into 4 stages. They are meipayattu or maithari (body), kolthari(sticks), angathari(metal weapons), verumkai (without weapon or empty hand). If one desires to become a teacher (Gurunathan) of Kalaripayattu, further 3 more stages have to be completed viz. Chiktsavidhikal (treatment) , manthrathantra (remembrance of God etc.), marmagnanam (knowledge of Marmas or pressure points). The student who excels himself in the 7 qualities will be normally selected for the training of Guru.