Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest, traditional martial art forms in Kerala. It is considered the most scientific type of martial art form in the world and can only be performed by well-trained artists who posses the unique skills required to withstand the training. Kalari education begins with an oil massage of the body to make the trainee supple and agile. They are then taught basic moves such as chaattom (jumping), ottam (running), marichil (somersault), adi (strike), idi (punch), thada (defence) and payattu (assault).Once these skills are mastered, students are given lessons in using weapons like daggers, swords, bow and arrow, spears, maces, etc. Kalaripayattu training aims to help the performer gain ultimate co-ordination of the mind and body. So, some of the traditional centres include trainings in indigenous medical practices too.