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Demonstration of Gatka at packed Gurdwara Nanaksar
11:59am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
A SPECTACULAR session of a traditional Indian martial art wowed the crowd during an energetic demonstration in Southampton.
People packed into the Gurdwara Nanaksar in Peterborough Road to witness a demonstration of Gatka.
It is a weapon-based Indian martial art usually associated with the Punjab region of the country.
People of all ages, from youngsters aged eight and nine through to adults, took part in the session, which lasted around 40 minutes.
Participants use wooden training sticks to simulate swords in sparring matches.
The event was organised by the Southampton Council of Faiths, which holds a number of events in the city throughout the year.
David Bane, secretary of the organisation, said: “It was a very good event. We had about 30 people come down to watch it.
“It went on for about 40 minutes which is quite a long session for them.
“We held a peace walk earlier in the summer and we have done about three or four events this year.”
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