Gatka, as a martial art originated after the 14th century in Punjab, northern Pakistan. The theory and techniques are believed to be taught by Sikh Gurus and handed down by masters to the apprentice. This art of offense and self-defense is an integral part of “Sikh Shastar Vidiya,” which translated to the skills to use weapons. This martial art style was heavily employed during the Anglo-Sikh wars. Due to the wars, Gatka was banned during the British colonial rule in India, along with Neja (Javelin) and Kirpan (Sword). The intention was to prevent rebellion among its practitioner. Gatka’s practitioner has to practice the art in secrecy due to the ban. However, Sikh martial art practitioner assisted the British during the Indian rebellion in 1857, resulting in less restriction on the art after the rebellion. The technique that appears after that has changed significantly where wooden sticks are used instead of swords, and the martial art is officially referred to as Gatka. The self-defense technique was employed by the British Indian Army for hand-to-hand combat.