Documentary | Completed | 2022 | India
Gatka is a form of martial art associated with the Sikhs of the Punjab region in India. The art is also linked with other ethnic groups such as the Hindkowans, who are Indo-Aryans. Gatka is associated with various forms of weapons called ‘Shastar Vidiya’. This is a fivestep movement which is a centuries-old battlefield art that is the foundation of “the science of weapons”. It is a style of stick-fighting, with wooden sticks that are used to emulate the sword. Gatka theory and technique were taught by the Sikh Gurus or spiritual masters and have been handed down to generations by ustads or teachers. Gatka as a martial art has been thoroughly war-tested and originates from the need to protect one`s dharma or religion. Watch the feature as it unfolds the connection between spiritual and physical agility that the martial art of Gatka so gracefully defines.
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