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41 minutes ago, singhsince1981 said:

Interesting. Is there any place where we can see puratan style gatka? Traditional gatka as in Khalsa in the 1700s or is it all lost?

I heard Samurai is very very dangerous. The sword is deadly. But its japanese. Are Sikhs allowed to practice that?

if you want to learn like a samurai you will have to study jujitsi/ninjitsu/budo as these are the techniques used by the samauri and their close nemesis the the ninja , understanding the bushido philosophy I realise Khalsa could be considered on the material plane as ronin or spiritually with Akal Purakh as our overlord . Sikhs can practise  any and all weapons  in fact in history they were known for their high levels of skill with multiple weapons  including rifle.

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On 1/15/2021 at 1:45 PM, jkvlondon said:

south Indian/Keralan martial arts are closest I am guessing to the proper vidhiya given for battlefield  close fighting , I remember watching a video of a tiny women teaching the skills she had learnt frm her father to class and she was in her advanced years and getting the better of young men .it is called Kalarippayattu

I bought a couple of books on it



interesting that they have descriptions of Marma points which are close to Chinese Dim  Mak points.

So I went for the link for 

Kalarippayattu: The Complete Guide To Kerala's Ancient Martial Art Paperback – 1 Aug. 2016

And I can see from the legs are raised on the cover photo makes me doubt the authenticity of the book, if indeed the book talks about the techniques on the cover.
Also some videos I watched online has the same shield bashing and hitting weapons on each other like gatka
So to me it seems most of Kalarippayattu has probably been changed in the modern age, probably colonial times. I am really doubting that book due to the cover photo.  Maybe the other book is ok?
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After going through the entire thread. I have come to the conclusion, that given the present time. Firearm training is the most practical and essential form. However, a world wide law need to passed so that a Sikh can keep a firearm and carry it just like a kirpan. Is this possible?

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Firearms are illegal a lot of places. I recommend training with them but if you can a bit but don't rely on them. Pistol is same as Khanda in the way you use it. So if you train Khanda you train pistol. You train spear you train rifle.  

Only difference is if you're wearing ballistic vest you stand more broadly to take hits in the armor instead of the less armored sides. Take a round from the side it goes through both lungs maybe the heart. 

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3 minutes ago, dharamyudh said:

Could anyone enlighten me on the origins of Shastar Vidya? Is it an extinct martial art? I just find it weird how we would let such a martial art go extinct since a lot of the Nihangs carried on the traditions in places like Nanded (after the annexation of Panjab). 

Attributed to Shiva. Seems only some parts were maintained by some people. I think it would take the Nihung Jathas retraining together to get the system ironed out again and complete. 

You never know what's being maintained Gupt though. 

Oh and while not popular Niddar Singh Nihang knows quite a bit. 

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