Tag: India

Sanatan Shastarvidiya

Footwork in Gatka

“07:00 a very philipino looking foot trap, around 8 mins he goes to attack with his kara as a knuckleduster, but catches it around his thumb so he can hit eny with an empty fist instead”


Shaster Vidiya means “knowledge of the sword”, a term used in Northern India for that regions martial arts.  In this clip, Nidar Singh gives an introduction to some concepts from his Gatka. The clip is about 17 minutes, but it gives a pretty idea of Shaster Vidiya concepts. What occurs to me is how pragmatic and aggressive this ancient art seems to be.