Gatka is commonly referred to as an India Martial
art. Specifically Gatka refers to the martial art used by the
of northern India. Actually Gatka is the name of a stick used to
practice sword fighting. The word Gatka is a slang expression coined
in the nineteen hundreds to describe a number of stick, staff and
sword styles made for use in public demonstration. Much of the
Gatka forms practiced today are Europeanized versions of segments
of what was the original martial art of India known as Shastar
The effectiveness of the Gatka techniques on the
battlefields is legendary. The legend tells that a Master of Gatka
was able to fight against hundreds of enemies. Gatka is based on
meditation and the practice of more than 10 different weapons.
The sword is one of the most used weapons.