Learning India’s Martial Art of Kalarippayattu: Unsettled Ecologies of Gender, Class, Culture, and Ethnicity


  • Sara K. Schneider National-Louis University




Intercultural relationships, teacher-student relationship, guru, disciple, physical contact, verbal contact


Rooted in the author’s field experience studying the traditional South Indian martial art kalarippayattu, this article examines the complexities of communication, including the use of touch as a teaching tool, in an intercultural teacher-student relationship, and surfaces how gender, culture, and class impacted learning in this embodied art form.


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How to Cite

Schneider, S. K. (2012). Learning India’s Martial Art of Kalarippayattu: Unsettled Ecologies of Gender, Class, Culture, and Ethnicity. Revista De Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 5(2), 45–62. https://doi.org/10.18002/rama.v5i2.110