Northern Tradition is known as Vadakkan Sampradhayam. Usually practiced in the Northern part of Kerala. Vedic tradition has influenced this style developing it into its present form. Practice begins from meithari (solo practice and actuation) progressing to kolthari (wooden weapons), Anghathari (metal weapons) and Verum kaithari (freehand techniques), vital knowledge and marma treatment.

The culture of kalari denotes that a student through dhashina give himself fully to his guru and kalari. The training system is determined by the students level and begins with physical activation.

Through continual practice concentration, breath control, flexibility, body balance, stamina, speed, accuracy, mental strength and alertness will be developed and continue to be refined as training continues. This will enable the student to progress to higher levels of practice and attainment.