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The Last Sikh Swordmaster

Nov 142011
 By , November 14, 2011

The last remaining master of the Sikh martial art Shastar Vidiyah is 44 year old Nidar Singh Nihang. He was taught by an 80 year-old guru from northern India. Nidar has devoted his entire life to the art and holds master classes around the world.

Now he is looking for a pupil to take under his personal tutelage so that the the art will survive in the next generation. He currently resides in Wolverhampton in England.

Shastar Vidiyah was developed in the 17th century when the Sikhs were under attack from hostile Moslems and Hindus. The Sikhs were disarmed by the British after the second Anglo-Sikh war of 1848-1849 and the art was driven underground, resulting eventually in its current rarity.

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