Nov 6, 2011

The Last Swordsman

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Martial Arts has survived war, suppression and time. But it now faces its greatest challenge: modern contemporary living. Sidelined as anachronism, no one seems to be able to find the time or motivation to put in the hard practice to realize the art. This is true for most ancient traditions including Indian ones.

So, to round off our coverage of the Punjabi martial arts of Shasta Vidya, we have Nidar Singh, said to be the last living master of the art. The video itself focuses on one of Shasta Vidya's most exotic weapons: the Chakra or spinning disk. Used as a projectile, it has the advantage of a continuous edge compared to the single sharp point of a dagger or arrow. This 45 minute video also touches on the rarely seen battle field martial art.

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