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  1. Sikh martial art 'Gatka' earning sport status A govt official goes all-out to get Gatka the recognition it deserves, at home and abroad, writes Harpreet Bajwa https://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2021/aug/01/sikh-martial-art-gatka-earning-sport-status-2338347.html 01st August 2021 09:47 AM | Last Updated: 01st August 2021 09:47 AM | A+A A- The NGAI headed by Harjeet Singh Grewal has been holding National Gatka Championship every year and is now planning to hold the first Asian Gatka championship next year | Express By Harpreet Bajwa PUNJAB: The traditional Sikh martial art sport Gatka is in revival mode. Harjeet Singh Grewal, Joint Director in Public Relations Department of Punjab government, is the man behind the mission. The Union Sports Ministry has included Gatka in the coming Khelo India Youth Games in February next year. The Asian Gatka Federation and the National Gatka Association of India (NGAI), of which Grewal is the president, are planning to hold the first Asian Gatka championship next year. The NGAI has been holding national championships every year and this year, it will be the ninth edition. “Gatka is being played in more than 16 states (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, among others) and associations have already been formed in these states,” he said. Besides India, it is also being played in more than two dozen countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, Denmark and Germany,” he said. Grewal, 52, was a boxing player in his college days. He was seriously injured in a road accident in 1990, rendering him physically disabled. “It’s my humble effort to revive this forgotten ancient martial art. In collaboration with WGF, the NGAI has compiled its third edition of international gatka rulebook to play it as a systematic game,” he said. Whenever Grewal saw Gatka being played by the Nihangs as a display of martial art during Hola Mahalla, he’d think why not promote the traditional art as a full-fledged sport. The NGAI came up in 2004. “In 2007, I compiled a new rulebook of the game as the old one was made in 1936 — The Art of Gatka Fighting by KS Akali — which cost Re 1 at that time.” He seeks the cooperation of all Sikhs across the globe to make Gatka a recognised sport. “Only two decades ago, it appeared as a gigantic task. But with the support of the Sikh community this task can surely be completed successfully soon,” said Grewal. “We have many ‘akharas’ (training centres) promoting Gatka within and outside the country where budding players learn the sport. In each district of Punjab, there are at least 30 such ‘akharas’,” he says. Grewal says his organisation is planning to put up digital scoreboards and bout replay facility for video umpires. Wooden Gatka sticks are being replaced with fiber sticks embedded with sensors and microchips for quick scoring and calculating fouls. More safety equipment such as face, chest and shoulder guards and shin protectors are introduced. To put in place an effective mechanism to identify and nurture Gatka sporting talent, the NGAI and ISMAC will set up an residential institute in SAS Nagar, says Grewal. A documentary film is under production and animation films on the Sikh martial art will also be produced to showcase its historical importance. Grewal also promotes football among Sikh players. He holds the Sikh Football Cup (SFC) in Punjab and heads the Khalsa Football Club (Khalsa FC), which is affiliated with All India Football Federation. In SFC, only Keshadhari (Sikhs with unshorn hair and beards) football teams from all districts compete as the Khalsa FC is aiming to promote Sikh players for retaining their identity as Keshadhari in all sports. What Grewal has achieved Punjab govt included Gatka in its state gradation list in 2015 and the players can avail benefits under the 3% sports quota in govt jobs and in admissions to all professional and academic institutions The School Games Federation of India included Gatka as a sport in the 56th National School Games calendar in 2011-12 Punjab School Education Board awards 25 and 15 marks in total marks of Class XII students who bring laurels in the national and state competitions Punjab govt recognised Gatka as a sport in its schools, colleges and universities in 2009 and has been organising Inter-District Gatka tournaments since then Punjabi University, Patiala, has organised All India Inter-University Gatka (men & women) prize money tournaments four times since 2011 Association of Indian Universities included Gatka in 75th National University Sports calendar in 2015-16
  2. The fact he killed 3 and fought off another armed with knives and hammers.... the court heard he went "Bruce lee" style and 3 were dead within 13 seconds all proven to be self defence. Does he teach shaster vidya? Where has he learnt it from? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8849961/Indian-overstayer-person-UK-face-no-charges-self-defence-triple-killing.html
  3. When is the next Gatka world Cup and how do you sign up? Also, are there any Gatka tournaments in the UK?
  4. This channel is dedicated to gatka. Respect to these brothers for keeping sikh culture alive
  5. VJKK VJKF I was wondering if Daangs that are used in gatka and shastar use can be made from bamboo? I have large sets of bamboo, thick and thin. Would it be right to use it as a shastar (daangs)? VJKK VJKF
  6. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Why is literature on Indian martial arts so rare? There are countless books on Chinese, Japanese and Korean martial arts, but probably only about 5 Kalaripayattu books, and only 4 Gatka books (two in English and two in Punjabi). The first Gatka book was published in 1936 by K. S. Akali. He refers to Gatka as a ‘sport’ and exponents as ‘players’. No association to Sikh warriorhood, etc. And the pentra doesn’t seem correct. Also, it only covers the soti; no dhal talvar, barcha, etc. Then there is Nanak Dev Singh Khalsa’s Gatka book written in the 1980s. It’s mixed with H3O-style yoga. I remember emailing the author directly back in 2000 to obtain his book, which I had read about in an old online Gatka article. He told me to forget about the book and gave me the mobile number of his new Ustad, named… Nidar Singh! In 2000, I travelled to India specifically to obtain books on Indian martial arts (previously could only find brief mentions of IMA in desi magazines and newspapers). In India, I came across large book markets. They had tons of books on school education, poetry, religion, but no Gatka books. Fortunately, though, as I was about to leave from a small store, the shopkeeper pointed to a dusty old book. He said it was titled “Lathi Shiksha”. It was an illustrated manual on quarterstaff fighting written in deep Hindi. Includes some mystical-seeming geometrical patterns. I assume they are the directions of stick-fighting forms. It was so fragile that the pages would break off if bended. No date on it, but could be from the 1940s or 50s. There is a short booklet called Shastar vidya, by Baba Gian Singh (published by Budha Dal). I believe it was first published decades ago. Most of it is full of warrior philosophy and martial verses from the Dasam Granth. There are some dagger-fighting descriptions towards the end. Then there is a 2017 book called “Shastra vidya: The Ancient Indian Martial Art of the Hindu Kshatriyas”. It’s got textual evidence (from Hindu scriptures, epics and treatises) and includes illustrations to go with the descriptions. It covers weapons like bhindipal, vajr, trishul, gada, mayukhi, dhanush, etc. But it’s not by Nidar Singh! I’m surprised Nidar Singh hasn’t brought out a book yet on Shastar vidya.
  7. Anyone know of any gatka classes for girls around West Midlands area? Thanks
  8. Great example of why Gatka is not taken seriously in the martial arts community. http://dailysikhupdates.com/watch-group-kaur-khalsa-perform-for-funtertainment-on-sony/ Exactly why Gurbhachan Singh Bhindranewale described this type of Gatka as that of circus performers and baazigars rather than a combat art.. Do people still think The Khalsa , Akal purakh di fauj went into battle against the armies of ahmed shah abdali and carried out circus acts ??
  9. Waheguru Ji Ka Khasla Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh, I wanted to know about any gatka jathas or classes in delhi,India....Also if anyone has been to these classes, what are they like and do you learn Thanks for any replies in advance.
  10. wjkk wjkf, Dear all, I was wondering if there is anyone on this site from Leicester. I am trying to find contact details of a Gatka Ustaad based in Leicester, their name is Bhai Baljinder Siungh Ji., Does anyone know where he teaches in Leicester? Akara info etc? Thanks in advance, wjkk wjkf
  11. I am sure the Nihungs would have had a system of unarmed combat, after all they were warriors and what if someone sneaked up on them or they were wihout shastar or had no time to use a kirpan. And I am sure someone somewhere will know what is it and how effective it is. Please share your thoughts on this topic and lets not argue esepcially since some people start slagging of or approving of Niddar Singh.
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