Participants from California, New Jersey, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan and New York, as well as from Toronto (Canada) and India made the tournament truly international.
Gatka is a martial art which focuses more on the concept of sword play and certain strikes which deliver a particular amount of points. During a two- to three-minute match, the player who can accumulate the most points takes the match. Though this may sound like a very physical game, a mental strategy must be made to adapt to each player’s style, say the organizers.
“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, ” says Jasdev Singh, the main organizer of the event.
The competition had three different categories with separate age groups. The competition hosted Chakar Spinning, Double Kirpan / Sword and Soti which each had an 18 and older division, and also a 17 and younger divison.
“It was nice to see that equality came into play in the competition as well. Girls had the opportunity to compete, and many of them won their share of prizes,” according to the organizers. The aim of each contest was to perform the task with agility, speed, goodwill and respect to each other, showing a humble sense of mind.
The following were the winners at the International Yudh Gatka Tournament in which more than $10,000 were awarded:
Singhs Soti Competition:
Open (18 and over)
1 – Harjas Singh, New Jersey Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara
3 – Sukha Singh, California Gatka Dal (Riverside)
Under (17 and under)
1 – Harjot Singh, California Gatka Dal (ElsoBrante)
2 – Manroop Singh, California Gatka Dal
1 – Kiranpreet Kaur, New Jersey Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara
2 – Tajinder Kaur, Mata Bhag Kaur Akhara INDIANA
Singh’s Double Kirpan Competition
1 – Sukha Singh, California Gatka Dal (Riverside)
2 – Manmeet Singh California Gatka Dal (Riverside)
1 – Karndeep Singh, California Gatka Dal
1 – Pargat Singh, Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Akhara Toronto
Giani Bhai Jungbir Singh, Indiana
Bhai Didar Singh, California
Bhai Ranjeet Singh, New Jersey
Bhai Harpreet Kaur, New Jersey
Bhai Paramjeet Singh, Fresno, California
Bhai Gagan Singh, Indiana
Ranjit Singh, Stockton, California
Mandeep Singh, Toledo, Ohio