We are proud to announce that the 16th Annual International Sikh Martial Arts Tournament which will take place at Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society 9530 118th St, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419 from 11am till 8pm. The tournament has grown rapidly within the last ten years, and continues to intrigue the general public!
Hosting players from areas such as Fremont, Stockton, Fresno, Riverside, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Seattle, El Sobrante, Selma, Washington DC, Montreal, Toronto, Brampton, Vancouver, Surrey, UK, Europe and Punjab, the Yudh Gatka Tournament truly upholds its title as ‘International’.
So what is the Yudh Gatka Tournament and what is its relevance to the Sikhs? The Tournament is a dual between competing players using traditional Sikh martial arts methods. In fact, it is very similar to the western definition of martial arts. Not only does Gatka emphasize the physical training of martial arts, but it puts a special focus on ‘mental’ training which is needed to be successful in any sport.
“The tournament is a great way for the community to get together, and particularly for anyone who enjoys seeing true athletic and diverse talent at work,” said Jasdev Singh, the organizer of the the event.
“We promote the Sikh practice of martial art because it not only can be used for self defense, but it highlights our tradition of helping and protecting others. Many people have a misconception that Sikhs carry ‘swords’ to harm others, but it is for self defense and protection in good faith.”
The competition hosts competitors under 17 and 18 and up categories. Many of the competitors play with sotti (stick), while others participate in double kirpan (swords) and chakkar (circle net) competitions. The aim of each contest is to perform the task with agility, speed and good will.