Kalaripayattu can be classified into three different variants. Northern Kalari or vadakkan kalari, Southern Kalari or Thekkan Kalari and central Kalari or Madhya Kalari and all three styles have its own distinctive features. Northern Kalari is based on graceful flexible movement, dodging, jumps and weapons training. Southern Kalari follows Adi Murai hard impact techniques using hands at pressure points. Central Kalari gives importance to lower body strength, speed and applications.