Watch: Emirati influencer Khalid Al Ameri learns ancient Indian martial art from 80-year-old woman

Social media influencer puts up an Instagram post, displaying the experienced lady's prowess

By Web Desk

Published: Sun 18 Sep 2022, 2:53 PM

Last updated: Sun 18 Sep 2022, 8:50 PM

Emirati influencer Khalid Al Ameri recently visited the southern state of Kerala, India, where he celebrated Onam with a local family. He has been posting on social media from his travelogue, and in his latest Instagram post, Khalid is seen engaged in a mock combat against an 80-year-old woman.

The octogenarian, Meenakshi Amma, is a well-known teacher of the ancient Indian martial art 'Kalaripayattu'.

The post sports a witty caption which reads, "This is Meenakshi Amma, she is 80 years old and an expert [of] the Indian martial art 'Kalari', here is a short video of her turning me into a shawarma".

The influencer is seen struggling to hold his ground against the veteran. He starts well with a couple of brave steps and strokes with his weapon, but the 80-year-old deftly defends his strikes. Skilfully wielding her sword, Meenakshi Amma sends the influencer hurtling back to the corner where he shields himself from the onslaught.

The popular vlogger travels worldwide to understand different cultures and traditions and experience unique practices. He also uses his popularity to do humanitarian work and help people in need.

Earlier this month, Khalid visited Pakistan alongside Dubai-based filmmaker Faisal Hashmi to shoot a video for flood relief awareness.

Hashmi documented the process through a series of Instagram stories, giving viewers an insight into the utter devastation the floods have caused in the country. The duo travelled to Rajanpur, Sindh — an area that is so "incredibly hard" to reach it took them two days.


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