Some 80 participants are taking part at a 4-day Sikh camp that began on Thursday at Khalsa Land, the camp site at Kuala Kubu Bharu., Selangor.
The Akaal Camp brings to Malaysia gatka (Sikh martial art) proponent Uptej Singh who founded the Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara some 20 years ago. He is sharing with the participants martial art skills.
Gatka is the name of an Indian martial art associated with the Sikhs history in India and an integral part of Sikh Shastar Vidiya. It is a style of stick fighting between two or more practitioners, with wooden sticks (called soti) intended to simulate swords, according to an introduction on the Akhara’s website.
Another draw at the camp is Shanti Kaur Khalsa, a long-time kirtani and preacher from the 3HO movement. She is also a director for Akal Security, a Sikh-owned private security company in the United States.
“We hope to impart Sikh living to the the participants. We hope they take any one component of what they learn, and grow with it,” said camp chief organiser Rajveer Singh. He is an instructor and co-owner of the Petaling Jaya-based Chayo Studio which is dedicated to the art of yoga and healing lifestyle.
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