Sikh Martial Art Gatka Training, Weapons, Rules of Gatka Game

Punjab Gatka Association, a sports body, is affiliated with PUNJAB OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION, promoting & reviving Gatka as a game

FREE SUMMER CAMPS TO TRAIN BUDDING GATKEBAAZ

Chandigarh May 31 : To tone up the skills of martial art and impart proper basics coaching as per rules, the Punjab Gatka Association (Regd.) would organise weeklong free special summer camps for Gatka training to the budding Gatkebaaz in all the districts in the state. The Punjab Gatka Association (PGA) President S. Harcharn Singh Bhullar SSP Sangrur disclosed this.

He said that the to accustomise and educate the beginner with Gatka rules introduced by the Gatka Federation of India (GFI), such Gatka camps were all important to prepare the students for the coming school level Gatka tournaments as School Games Federation of India (SGFI) had already incorporated Gatka as a game in National school games calendar. “All district Gatka Associations have been instructed to arrange such camps in the cities and depute only certified coaches of GFI and PGA for proper training to school children of their district,” he added.

Mr Bhullar further added that keeping in view the forthcoming inter-college Gatka competitions to be organised by various universities and educational institutes, the students studying in technical, medical and polytechnics, could also take part in such coaching clinics free of cost. He informed that GFI would also organise training camps in other states also to prepare college and university teams for the second all India inter-varsity Gatka championship-2012 to be organised by the Punjabi university Patiala in the coming months.

He added that all district Gatka associations have also been directed to select district Gatka teams by arranging block and district level Gatka tournaments during month of July and August so that these teams could participate in the second Punjab State Gatka (men & women) championship-2012 to be organised during August this.

Mr Bhullar further added that the GFI has adopted the conventional sports costume (i.e. Track Suits or T-shirt with Knickers, Sneakers and headgear for protection) as a new dress code in its Rules Book to play Gatka game in all competitions so as to make it a ‘Cosmopolitan Sport’ which was earlier almost on the verge of extinction. “It’s a humble effort to revive a forgotten and dying art having a historical significance,” he added.

FIRST NATIONAL EK ONKAR GATKA CUP FROM MAY 22

Chandigarh  : Gatka Federation of India and Ek Onkar Charitable Trust Seechewal will organise first National Ek Onkar Gatka cup-2012 on May 22 and 23 at Nirmal Kuteya Seechewal in district Jalandhar.

Disclosing this General Secretary Gatka Federation of India (GFI) Mr Harjeet Singh Grewal Deputy Director informed that known environmentalist and sports promoter Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal had declared that both the organisations would jointly organise the Ek Onkar cup every year at Seechewal and the champions team would be honoured with running Ek Onkar Gatka gold trophy. “Gatka Federation had already accorded a national status to this annual Gatka cup as this national event would be conducted in conformity with the prescribed Gatka rules of the Federation”, he informed.

He further added that participant teams comprising men & women Gatkebaaz in age groups of U-14, U-17, U-19, U-22 and U-25 from about dozen States have consented to their participation in this cup. “Selection trials for Punjab Gatka teams had already been conducted and a coaching camp was conducted at Sultanpur Lodhi under the supervision of Punjab team manager Gurwinder Kaur Seehewal”, he said.

Mr Grewal informed that for the first time a Punjab Police Gatka team would participate in this national tournament. Besides this, Gatka team from Diesel Component Works Patiala would also like to take part in the tourney. He further added that after unfurling Gatka Federation flag at the venue, all the participant teams would take part in glittering march-past.

He further informed that Gatka being a sport now, every person could participate in the Gatka events as the GFI has also adopted the conventional sports uniform as a new dress code in the Rules book to play Gatka game in all competitions to make it a ‘Cosmopolitan Sport’.

Mr Grewal said that earlier, the Gatka was only the domain of males, now even the females have been outperforming the males by displaying their rare acumen in the Gatka sport. He categorically said that promotion of Gatka as a sport at national as well as international arena would not only strengthen the bonds of communal harmony and universal brotherhood but also play a significant role in spreading the message of peace and love amongst all comity of nations.

It is mentioned here that Gatka is a style of fighting only with sticks between two Gatka players, intended to simulate the sword and focuses on infusing physical, spiritual and mental fitness. No sharp edged weapons are used in the transformed Gatka game. The present martial art form, Gatka, has been acknowledged as a sport and being played in the entire country and diaspora.

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Pbi Press Note-FIRST NATIONAL EK ONKAR GATKA CUP FROM MAY 22

SECOND CHANCE OF WRITTEN TEST FOR GATKA PLAYERS ON MAY 12

SELECTION TRIALS FOR NATIONAL EKONKAR GATKA CUP AT SANGRUR

Chandigarh May 6 : Gatka Federation of India will offer another chance of written Gatka test for all trainee Gatka players including existing officials of the Gatka Federation of India who have missed the opportunity to take this test on April 29 last due to the university examinations in the state.

Disclosing this Gatka Federation of India (GFI) President S. Harcharn Singh Bhullar SSP Sangrur said that Punjab Gatka Association (Regd.) would organise the retest at Sangrur on May 12 at 10 AM for all including presently officiating as Coaches, Referees & Technical Assistants in the Gatka tournaments.

He categorically said that grading for all officials would be announced after the results of this retest and official identity cards of GFI would be handed over to the successful candidates only. “Without GFIs’ certified identity card no player can officiate as coach or referee during the Gatka tournaments in future”, Mr Bhullar said.

Giving details he said that the aspiring Gatkebaaz (men and women), who desires to become certified Gatka officials of the PGA & GFI, could avail this second chance and submit their applications to the PGA at office address at # 278, Sector 22-A, Chandigarh upto May 10. “The applicants should be between 20 and 35 years of age having qualification atleast higher secondary (+2) and must possess atleast 4 to 6 years of practical experience of playing Gatka game. They have to attach an experience certificate as evidence from a duly registered Gatka Akhakra/organisation along with entry form”, he added.

He further added that selection trials for Punjab Gatka teams comprising men & women Gatkebaaz in age groups of U-14, U-17, U-19, U-22 and U-25 from the State would also be conducted on the same day immediately after the qualifying test for referees & coaches at Sangrur. “These selected Gatka teams would represent in first National Ekonkar Gatka cup-2012 on May 22 and 23 being organised at village Seechewal near Jalandhar by GFI and Ekonkar Charitable Trust headed by known environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal”, he informed. Among others Punjab Gatka Association Patron Giani Ranjit Singh Patiala, General Secretary S. Harjeet Singh Grewal Deputy Director, Gatka Federation Joint Secretaries Dr. Deep Singh Chandigarh and Mr Avtar Singh Punjabi University Patiala also attended the meeting.

Gatka Federation of India President S. Harcharn Singh Bhullar SSP Sangrur presiding over a joint meeting of Gatka Federation Punjab Gatka Association at Chandigarh on Saturday May 5.

Gatka Federation of India President S. Harcharn Singh Bhullar SSP Sangrur presiding over a joint meeting of Gatka Federation and Punjab Gatka Association at Chandigarh on Saturday May 5.

GRADING FOR GATKA OFFICIALS AFTER NATIONAL GATKA TRAINING COURSE

Ajitgarh April 24-The Gatka Federation of India is organising its 2nd three day National Gatka training camp-cum-refresher course for men and women Gatka players from all the States to train them as certified Gatka officials like Coaches, Referees & Technical Assistants. Grading for all officials will be invoked after a written test to be conducted on the concluding day.

Disclosing this Gatka Federation of India (GFI) General Secretary S. Harjeet Singh Grewal deputy Director said that Punjab Gatka Association (Regd.) and Chandigarh Gatka Association (Regd.) would jointly organise this national training camp at Saini Bhawan, Sector 24-C, Chandigarh from April 27 to 29, 2012. “The GFI will bear the entire expenditures on providing suitable boarding and lodging facilities and provide sufficient Gatka literature, Rules books and CDs to educate the Gatka officials,” he added.

Mr. Grewal further said that on the concluding day, a written test will be conducted for trainee Gatka players including all officials of the Federation who are presently officiating as Coaches, Referees & Technical Assistants in the tournaments. He categorically said that official i-cards of GFI will be handed over to the successful candidates only. “Without certified i-card non can officiate as coach or referee in the Gatka tournaments in future”, Mr Grewal said.

General Secretary said that GFI has, for the first time, formulated and standardized the in-depth Gatka rules and regulations book in September 2009 for playing of Gatka game and providing training to the budding Gatkebaaz through workshops, seminars and camps under the new Gatka rules. “The GFI, a registered apex sports body, has adopted the conventional sports costume (i.e. Track Suits or T-shirt with Knickers, Sneakers and a Headgear for protection) as a new dress code in the Rules Book to play Gatka game in all competitions so as to make it a ‘Cosmopolitan Sport’ which was earlier almost on the verge of extinction. It’s a humble effort to revive a forgotten and dying art having a historical significance,” he added.

Giving details he said that the aspiring Gatkebaaz (men and women), who desires to become certified Gatka officials of the PGA & GFI, could join the training course and send their applications to the PGA at office address at # 278, Sector 22-A, Chandigarh. “The applicants should be between 20 and 35 years of age having qualification atleast higher secondary (+2) and must possess atleast 4 to 6 years of practical experience of playing Gatka. They have to attach an experience certificate as evidence from a duly registered Gatka Akhakra/institution along with entry form, he said.

He further said that training would start from 8.00 AM to 7.00 PM with tea and lunch breaks and Gatka experts would deliver lectures during theory classes. The national coaches would take practical classes during early morning and late evening hours.

PGA LAUNCEHS VIRSA SAMBHAL GATKA COMPETITIONS IN PUNJAB

Chandigarh-To upkeep and conserve inheritance of Indian traditional martial art Gatka, Punjab Gatka Association (PGA) has planned to organise virsa sambhal Gatka competitions in each district in the state.
Disclosing this President PGA Harcharan Singh Bhullar SSP Sangrur said that Gatka associations of five districts namely Amritsar, Rupnagar, Fathegarh Sahib, Kapurthala and Patiala have already successfully conducted the Virsa Sambhal Gatka tournaments and remaining districts would organise such Gatka events in the coming months.
He informed that District Gatka Association Tarntarn would host virsa Sambhal Gatka tournament on May 27 in which Gatka players from Tarntarn district would participate.
Mr Bhullar said that in these martial art competitions various men and women Gatka teams, exhibits their age-old combating skills in conventional dress by participating in age groups under-14, under-17, under-19, under-22 and under-25 in single soti, soti-farri and weapon demonstration competitions. “These Gatka contests were being held according to the rules set forth by the Gatka Federation of India (GFI) and the winner gatkebaaz been awarded with medals and certificates”, he added.
He emphasised that earlier, the Gatka was only the domain of males, now even the females have been outperforming the males by displaying their rare acumen in the Gatka sport. “The Federation has decided to promote the Indian ancient martial art amongst young girls and household women so that they could protect themselves,” he added.
He categorically said that promotion of Gatka as a sport at national as well as international arena would not only strengthen the bonds of communal harmony and universal brotherhood but also play a significant role in spreading the message of peace and love amongst all comity of nations.
It is mentioned here that Gatka is a style of fighting only with sticks between two Gatka players, intended to simulate the sword and focuses on infusing physical, spiritual and mental fitness. No sharp edged weapons are used in the transformed Gatka game. The present martial art form, Gatka, has been acknowledged as a sport and being played in the entire country and diaspora.

PATIALA WON STATE WOMEN GATKA CHAMPIONSHIP

Amritsar-First Punjab State Senior Women Gatka open Championship-2012 was held at Central Khalsa Orphanage Amritsar in which feminine Gatkebaaz teams from 14 districts of Punjab participated in the age groups of under 19, under 22 and under 25. The Punjab Gatka Association (PGA), a registered sports body promoting traditional Indian martial art, have organized this Gatka tournament.
In the Gatka combats and demonstrations district team from Patiala bagged the “Mai Bhago” trophy. Bathinda became runners up and Ludhiana team came third in the event.
Speaking on the inaugural ceremony PGA General Secretary S. Harjeet Singh Grewal said that the competition was held according to the Rules set forth by the Gatka Federation of India (GFI) and the winners teams were awarded with cash prizes, trophies and certificates.
He added that earlier, the Gatka was only the domain of males, now even the females have been outperforming the males by displaying their rare acumen in the Gatka sport. The Gatka Federation has decided to promote the ancient martial art amongst young girls and household women so that they could protect themselves.
He categorically said that promotion of Gatka as a sport at national as well as international arena would not only strengthen the bonds of communal harmony and universal brotherhood but also play a significant role in spreading the message of peace and love amongst all comity of nations.
S. Grewal further informed that the GFI has adopted the conventional sports uniform (i.e. Track Suits or T-shirt with Knickers, Sneakers and a Headgear for protection) as a new dress code in the Rules book to play Gatka game in all competitions to make it a ‘Cosmopolitan Sport’ which was earlier almost on the verge of extinction.
It is mentioned here that it is a style of fighting only with sticks between two Gatka players, intended to simulate the sword and focuses on infusing physical, spiritual and mental fitness. No sharp edged weapons are used in the transformed Gatka game. The present martial art form, Gatka, has been acknowledged as a sport and being played in the entire country and diaspora.
He further added that it was irony of fate that Gatka have been denied its due status and recognition but on the contrary several games, which even had not Indian origin and lesser known games, have already been included in the schedule of Indian Olympic and National University Games for the reasons best known to the concerned authorities.
He said that promotion of Gatka as a global sport would certainly project India as the world’s largest democracy committed to secularism and unity in diversity in the light of its historical legacy.

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