Gatka(Punjabi: ਗਤਕਾ gatkā) is a traditional South Asian form of combat-training in which wooden sticks are used to simulate swords in sparring
matches. In modern usage, it commonly refers to the northwestern Indian martial arts, which should more properly be called shastara vidiyā
(ਸ਼ਸਤਰ ਵਿਦਿਆ, from Sanskrit sastra-vidya or "science of blades"). In English, the terms gatka and shastar vidya are very
often used specifically in relation to Panjabi-Sikhs. In actuality, the art is not unique to any particular ethno-cultural group or religion but has been the traditional form of
combat throughout north India and Pakistan for centuries.