Date

July 30, 2017

Location

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Malton

Time

9AM-8PM

Prizes

Over $10,000 in cash

YUDH 2017 / International Gatka Tournament

We are proud to announce that the 15th Annual International Sikh Martial Arts Tournament which will take place at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Malton 7280 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4T 2H3, Canada (click address for directions) from 9am to 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, New Jersey, New York, Seattle, Houston, El Sobrante, Selma, Washington DC, Montreal, Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Surrey, UK and India, 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.

REGISTER NOW / Become a champion.

It is now your chance to take your training to the next level. Truly evolve your mastery by competing against some of north america’s and the world’s best gatka players.

IMPORTANT: Please complete the registration form by clicking the “Download Register Form.” A print out of this form must be submitted with parent/guardian signature on the day of the tournament, or emailed to yudhinternational@gmail.com. This for is mandatory in order to participate in the tournament. Without proper documentation, you will not be allowed to compete.

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Rules / Disclaimer

Participants are advised that this competition is based solely on a friendly basis to encourage Gatka fighters to learn more about their Gatka techniques. Any aggressive behavior should not be brought into the tournament, and certainly will not be tolerated.

Once made, referee decisions are final. All decisions are at the referee’s discretion.

At the beginning of every match, a fateh naama is required. Contenders must shake hands, take a step back and wait for referee’s signal to begin.

• Arguing with the referee or officials will result in immediate disqualification.

• Intentional hits to any part of the face will result in immediate disqualification.

• Any poking (whool) will result in immediate disqualification.

• Intentional hits to the groin area will result in immediate disqualification.

• Any hits that are made in attempt to harm the opponent, will result in immediate disqualification (or foul upon referee’s discretion).

• Use of foul/disrespectful language will result in a foul.

• Use of hand/arm or foot strikes (kicking or punching) will result in immediate disqualification.

• Using the bottom/handle end of the sothi will result in immediate disqualification.

• Continuing the fight outside of the fight circle will result in immediate disqualification.

• Any other condition/behavior the referee deems inappropriate will result in immediate disqualification.

• The accumulation of 3 fouls, whether technical or physical will result in immediate disqualification.

Each fight will consist of one round of two minutes for open groups and two minutes for every other group. Competitors must gather as many points in the allotted time. Only the competitor with the most points and less than three fouls, will be declared winner of the round.

Hits to the lower body will be one point. Hits to the upper torso will be two points and hits to the back and head will result in three points. A hit must be clear to the body, head, arms, legs or the feet of the opponent. Hits to the hands do not count. Hits to the face/ears or hits in attempts to injure will result in a foul.

Any ‘skims’ (hits that whisk the body) will not be counted as clear hits. Any ‘Sanjay Vaar’ (hits that both fighters strike at the same time) will not be counted as a hit. Whoever shall make the attempt to strike first (under referee’s discretion) will be rewarded the point and the second striker will be docked a foul.

There will be a time limit of 2 minutes per round in open groups and 2 minutes in other groups. In case of a tie the match will go to overtime of 1 minute, the round will be stopped as usual, the competitors will be requested then to ‘fight’ until there is a winner.

Dropping your sothi will result in you losing the match if the referee feels it was intentional to injure the player (such as throwing your sothi at your opponent in attempts to injure). Otherwise dropping of your sothi unintentionally will result in a foul.

The first round will mark the continuation of the competitors in (winner) circle or the loser circle based upon the results of their first fight for open groups. All other groups will be based on elimination.

The preliminary rounds will be of two minutes. The playoffs (semi finals till end) will be three minutes each.

Open group: Each competitor is allotted one loss. The tournament will progress upon a one loss system. Other groups: Elimination

Open group: The winner of the losers circle must win twice over the winner of the winner circle in order to win the tournament. Other groups: Elimination

Competitors are asked to wear whatever protective gear they feel necessary, although shields etc are not allowed. It is advisable that competitors wear some kind of hand-protection. Any protective wear which officials deem inappropriate or which may harm your opponent must be removed upon request.

The fights will be conducted with Gatka sothis (sticks) and farhis (shields) only. The equipment will be supplied to Gatka fighters before each round, Sothi Sticks will be supplied from a random collection of equipment. Use of personal sothi sticks are not permitted.

Prizes

Competitors face of against one another in a round robin type tournament. The competitor at the end of the match with the most points wins and moves on to the next round until only two competitors remain.

Singhs:
Farhi Soti Age 18-30 (1st -$1100, 2nd -$900, 3rd- $600)
Age 14-17 (1st -$800, 2nd -$500)

Kaurs:
Age 18+ (1st -$800, 2nd- $600) – pending min. 4 competitors
Age 14-17 (1st -$600, 2nd-$500) – pending min. 4 competitors

*** Note: Competitors under 18 must have parental consent.

Chakar/Jaal (net) (Singhs and Kaurs 18-30):
Competitors will showcase there skills with a Chakar/Jaal (net) individually. Competitors get a maximum of 90 seconds for their demonstration. Judges will score demonstrations on pantra, speed, vaars and overall skill level. The highest overall score wins.

Singhs 18-30 (1st -$600, 2nd-$400) – pending min. 4 competitors
Kaurs 18-30 (1st -$600, 2nd- $400) – pending min. 4 competitors

Double Kirpan (Double Sword) (Singhs and Kaurs 14-17):
Competitors will showcase their skills with double Kirpan (ddouble sword) . Competitors get a maximum of 90 seconds for their demonstration. Judges will score demonstrations on pantra, speed, vaars and overall skill level. The highest overall score wins.

Singhs 14-17 (1st -$500, 2nd-$300) – pending min. 4 competitors
Kaurs 14-17 (1st -$500, 2nd- $300) – pending min. 4 competitors

Yudh 2017 Location

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ABOUT / Our Past

The Tournament is a duel 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 which is now in its 15th year, has been presented every year at a different venue, showcasing some of the best Gatka players from across North America. This year’s tournament will feature competitors from across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and India.

Many of the competitors played with soti (stick), while others participated in Kirpan (sword) and chakkar (circle net) competitions. The aim of each contest was to perform the task with agility, speed and good will. Although only in its 15th year, Yudh has already started to write a rich history of Gatka competition in the West. Every year new competitors and improved competitions help in raising the bar to the next level. The organizers of the Yudh Gatka tournament thank the community for supporting this event are proud to announce the winners of the annual, multi-staged and highly intensive duels.

2016 Champion – Tarveer Singh (Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Akhara, Surrey, BC)

2016 Runner Up- Pardeep Singh (Khalsa School , Surrey BC)

2016 3rd place- Bharjoban Singh (El Sobrante California Gatka Dal)

2016 Champion Group B – Karnvir Singh (El Sobrante, California Gatka Dal)

2016 Runner Up Group B- Himmat Singh (Fremont California Gatka Dal)

2016 Kaurs Champion – Gurleen Kaur (Fremont California Gatka Dal)

2016 Kaurs Runner Up-  Jasleen Kaur (Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Akhara, Surrey, BC)

2016 Champion Group B – Sukhmine Kaur (El Sobrante, California Gatka Dal)

2016 Runner Up Group B- Pamalpreet Kaur (El Sobrante,  California Gatka Dal)

2016 Khanda Champion – Gurpreet Singh ( GNSG , Surrey BC)

2016 Khanda Runner Up – Manroop Singh (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara , Toronto, ON)

2016 Chakar Champion – Taranjodh  Singh (Fremont, California Gatka Dal)

2016 Chakar Runner Up – Jagvir Singh (Surrey, BC)

2016 Chakar Kaurs Champion- Harmeet Kaur (Surrey, BC)

2016 Charkar Kaurs Runner Up- Gurleen  Kaur(Fremont California Gatka Dal)

2015 Champion- Karpreet Singh (California Gatka Dal Fresno)
2015 Runner up- Gurjot Singh (California Gatka Dal El Sobrante)
2015 3rd place- Amandeep Singh (California Gatka Dal Stockton)

2015 Champion Group B- Karanpreet Singh (California Gatka Dal Fresno)
2015 Runner up Group B- Karanbir Singh (California Gatka Dal El Sobrante)
2015 3rd place Group B- Jaspreet Singh (California Gatka Dal Stockton)

2015 Kaurs Champion- Kulbir Kaur (California Gatka Dal Stockton)
2015 Runner up- Manpreet Kaur (California Gatka Dal El Sobrante)
2015 3rd place- Rajbir Kaur (California Gatka Dal Stockton)

2015 Kaurs Champion Group B- Gurleen Kaur (California Gatka Dal Fremont)
2015 Kaurs Runner up Group B- Jasmeen Kaur California Gatka Dal Yuba City)
2015 Kaurs 3rd place Group B- Japleen Kaur (California Gatka Dal Riverside)

2015 Champion Kirpan Spinning- Ajaypreet Singh (California Gatka Dal Fresno)
2015 Runner up Kirpan Spinning- Sukhwinder Singh (California Gatka Dal Bakersfield)
2015 3rd place Kirpan Spinning- Manmeet Singh (California Gatka Dal Riverside)

2015 Champion Kirpan Spinning- Harseerat Kaur (California Gatka Dal Fremont)
2015 Runner up Kirpan Spinning- Jasbir Kaur (California Gatka Dal Stockton)
2015 3rd place Kirpan Spinning- Pooja Kaur (California Gatka Dal Fremont)
2015 Champion Kirpan Spinning- Sahibjot Singh (California Gatka Dal Fremont)
2015 Runner up Kirpan Spinning- Amarpreet Singh (California Gatka Dal Fresno)
2015 3rd place Kirpan Spinning- Manroop Singh (California Gatka Dal Fresno)
2015 Champion Dang Spinning- Jasleen Kaur (California Gatka Dal Yuba City)
2015 Runner up Dang Spinning- Gurleen Kaur (California Gatka Dal Fresno)
2015 3rd place Dang Spinning- Kuljeet Kaur (California Gatka Dal Riverside)
2015 Champion Maharthi Spinning- Jaskiran Kaur (California Gatka Dal Fremont)
2015 Runner up Maharthi Spinning- Japman Kaur (California Gatka Dal Walnut)
2015 3rd place Maharthi Spinning- Raman Kaur (California Gatka Dal Yuba City)

2014 Champion-Harjas Singh (New Jersey Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara)
2014 Runner up- Dalbir Singh (New Jersey Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara)
2014 3rd place- Sukha Singh (California Gatka Dal Riverside)

2014 Champion Group B- Harjot Singh (California Gatka Dal ElsoBrante)
2014 Runner up Group B- Manroop Singh (California Gatka Dal)

2014 Champion Kaurs- Kiranpreet Kaur (New Jersey Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara)
2014 Runner up- Tajinder Kaur (Mata Bhag Kaur Akhara Indiana)

2014 Chamption Double Kirpan Spinning- Sukha Singh (California Gatka Dal Riverside)
2014 Runner up Double Kirpan Spinning- Manmeet Singh (California Gatka Dal Riverside)

2014 Champion Chakar Spinning- Karndeep Singh (California Gatka Dal)
2014 Runner up Chakar Spinning- Pargat Singh (Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Akhara Toronto)

2013 Champion – Didar Singh ( El Sobrante, California Gatka Dal )

2013 Runner Up – Ajaypal Singh (Stockton, California Gatka Dal)

2013 3rd place- Karpreet Singh (Fresno, California Gatka Dal)

2013 Champion Group B – Tejpal Singh (Stockton, California Gatka Dal)

2013 Runner Up Group B- Tanvir Singh ( Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara, New Jersey, NJ)

2013 Kaurs Champion – Kiranpreet Kaur ( Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara, New Jersey, NJ)

2013 Kaurs Runner Up- Manpreet Kaur ( El Sobrante, California Gatka Dal )

2013 Champion Group B – Abinash Kaur (New York Gatka Akhara)

2013 Runner Up Group B- Jasmine Kaur ( Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara, New Jersey, NJ)

2013 Dang Champion – Manmeet Singh (Riverside, Californai Gatka Dal)

2013 Dang Runner Up – Manroop Singh ( Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara ,Toronto, ON )

2013 Maharti Champion – Tejpal Singh (Stockton, California Gatka Dal)

2013 Maharti Runner Up – Gurpartap Singh (Riverside, California Gatka Dal)

2012 Champion – Jagmeet Singh (Fresno, California Gatka Dal)

2012 Runner Up – Charnjit Singh (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara, Toronto, ON)

2012 3rd place – Balraj Singh (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara, Toronto, ON)

2012 Champion Group B – Manmeet Singh (California Gatka Dal)

2012 Runner Up Group B – Davinder Singh (Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara, New Jersey, NJ)

2012 Double Maharti Champion – Manroop Singh (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara , Toronto, ON)

2012 Double Maharti Runner Up – Tejpal Singh (California Gatka Dal)

2012 Kirpan Skills Champion – Manmeet Singh (California Gatka Dal)

2012 Kirpan Skills Runner Up – Charnjit Singh (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara, Toronto, ON)

2012 Double Maharti Skills Champion – Puneet Kaur (Fremont, California Gatkal Dal)

2012 Double Maharti Skills Runner Up – Amrita Kaur (Ludhiana Gatka Akhara, India)

2011 Champion – Jagmeet Singh (Fresno, California Gatka Dal)

2011 Runner Up- Dr Onkar Singh (NY and India Gatka Akhara)

2011 3rd place- Amritpal Singh (California Gatka Dal)

2011 Champion Group B – Amandeep Singh (El Sobrante, California Gatka Dal)

2011 Runner Up Group B- Simren Singh (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara, Surrey, BC)

2011 Kaurs Champion – Amrit Kaur (Khalsa School, Surrey, BC)

2011 Kaurs Runner Up- Gurpreet Kaur (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara, Surrey, BC)

2011 Champion Group B – Jasmine Kaur (Stockton, California Gatka Dal)

2011 Runner Up Group B- Prabhveer Kaur (Parlier, California Gatka Dal)

2011 Double Kirpan Champion – Manroop Singh (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara , Toronto, ON)

2011 Double Kirpan Runner Up – Satnam Singh (Riverside, California Gatka Dal)

2011 Chakar Champion – Gurinder Singh (Fremont, California Gatka Dal)

2011 Chakar Runner Up – Charnjit Singh (Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara , Toronto, ON)

2011 Double Kirpan Skills Champion- Puneet Kaur (Fremont, California Gatkal Dal)

2011 Double Kirpan Skills Runner Up-Gurpreet Kaur(Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara, Surrey, BC)

2011 Double Kirpan Skills Champion- Jasbir Kaur (Stockton, California Gatkal Dal)

2011 Double Kirpan Skills Runner Up-Aman Kaur(El Sobrante, California Gatkal Dal)

2010 Champion – Dalbir Singh (New Jersey, USA)

2010 Runner Up – Jagmeet Singh (California Gatka Dal)

2010 Champion Group B – Pardeep Singh (Surrey, BC)

2010 Runner Up Group B – Arman Singh (Surrey, BC)

2010 Kaurs Champion – Amrit Kaur (Surrey, BC)

2010 Kaurs Runner Up – Joti Kaur (Surrey , BC)

2010 Double Marahti Champion – Manroop Singh (Toronto, ON)

2010 Double Marahti Up – Anoop Singh (Toronto, ON)

2010 Double Marahti Champion Group B – Gurinder Singh
(California Gatka Dal)

2010 Double Marahti Runner Up Group B – Simren Singh (Surrey, BC)

2010 Kirpan Skills Champion – Joti Kaur (Surrey, BC)

2010 Kirpan Skills Runner Up – Puneet Kaur (California)

2009 Champion – Sukhjinder Singh (Surrey, BC)

2009 Runner Up – Amritpal Singh (California Gatka Dal)

2009 Champion Group B – Jasdeep Singh (Toronto, ON)

2009 Runner Up Group B- Charnjit Singh (Toronto, ON)

2009 Kaurs Champion – Kirandeep Kaur (Carteret, NJ)

2009 Kaurs Runner Up – Puneet Kaur (California)

2009 Kaurs Champion Group B – Gursharanjeet Kaur (Baltimore, DC)

2009 Kaurs Runner Up Group B – Japji Kaur (DC Gatka Dal)

2009 Chakar Champion – Amritpal Singh (California Gatka Dal)

2009 Chakar Runner Up – Dr. Onkar Singh (Mohali, India)

2009 Chakar Champion Group B – Manpreet Singh(Baltimore, DC)

2009 Chakar Runner Up Group B – Charnjit Singh (Toronto, ON)

2009 Kirpan Skills Champion – Puneet Kaur (California)

2009 Kirpan Skills Runner Up – Kirandeep Kaur (Carteret, NJ)

2009 Kirpan Skills Champion Group B – Japji Kaur (DC Gatka
Dal)

2009 Kirpan Skills Runner Up Group B – Ramneek Kaur
(Carteret, NJ)

2008 Champion – Sukhjinder Singh (Surrey, BC)

2008 Runner Up – Jarnail Singh (Toronto, On)

2008 Champion Group B – Vishavdeep Singh (Calgary , AB)

2008 Runner Up Group B – Gurpran Singh (California)

2008 Kaurs Champion – Amarpreet Kaur (Calgary , AB)

2008 Kaurs Runner Up – Amrit Kaur (Surrey, BC)

2008 Kaurs Champion Group B – Amrit Kaur (Surrey, BC)

2008 Kaurs Runner Up Group B – Jasleen Kaur (Surrey, BC)

2008 Chakar Champion – Avtar Singh (California)

2008 Chakar Runner Up – Manroop Singh (Toronto, ON)

2008 Chakar Champion Group B – Charnjit Singh (Toronto, ON)

2008 Chakar Runner Up Group B – Sukhpreet Singh (Surrey , BC)

2008 Kirpan Skills Champion – Perminder Kaur (Toronto, ON)

2008 Kirpan Skills Runner Up – Harjot Kaur (Surrey, BC)

2008 Kirpan Skills Champion Group B- Gurpreet Kaur (Surrey,
BC)
2008 Kirpan Skills Runner up Group B- Jasleen Kaur (Surrey, BC)

2007 Champion – Jarnail Singh ( Toronto, ON)

2007 Runner Up – Sukhjinder Singh ( Surrey, BC)

2007 Kirpan Skills Champion – Manroop Singh ( Malton, ON)

2007 Kirpan Skills Runner Up – Sukhjinder Singh ( Surrey, BC)

2007 Kirpan Skills Champion – Puneet Kaur ( Fremont, California)

2007 Kirpan Skills Runner Up – Gurinder Kaur ( Malton, ON)

2007 Champion Group B – Manroop Singh ( Brampton, ON)

2007 Runner Up Group B – Pavanpreet Singh ( Surrey, BC)

2006 Champion – Harbir Singh (Calgary, AB)

2006 Runner Up – Jarnail Singh (Toronto, ON)

2006 Champion Under 16 – Harman Singh (Calgary, AB)

2006 Runner Up Under 16 – Manroop Singh (Toronto, ON)

2006 Kirpan Skills Champion – Sukhjinder Singh (Surrey, BC)

2006 Kirpan Skills Runner Up – Karam Singh (Mehta, Punjab, India)
2006 Damalaa Competition – Gagan Singh (Malton, ON)

2005 Champion – Harpreet Singh (Fresno, California)

2005 Runner Up – Gursheel Singh (Toronto, ON)

2004 Champion – Teghbir Singh (Abbotsford, BC)

2004 Runner Up – Jarnail Singh (Toronto, ON)

2003 Champion – Harwant Singh (Abbotsford, ON)

2003 Runner Up – Jaskaran Singh (Toronto, ON)

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