A former factory worker from the British Midlands may be the last living master of the centuries-old Sikh battlefield art of shastar vidya. The father of four is now engaged in a full-time search for a successor.
"Gatka: Gatkais weapon-based Indian martial art basically created by the Sikhs of Punjab.There are many weapons used in Gatka like, Stick, Talwar, kirpan and kataar. The attacking and defense methods are based upon the positions of the hands feet and nature of weapons used. It is also displayed during the different celebrations or at fairs in Punjab."
Indian Martial Arts - Kalari or Kalarippayattu is the only form of the most ancient traditional systems of physical, culture, self-defence and martial techniques still in existence. It had its origin in Kerala, the tiny state situated South West of India. The traditional training of Kalarippayattu, a martial art of Kerala states in south India, is always done inside the Kalari (literally, threshing floor or battlefield), which is a specially constructed practice area.