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Shaster vidiya is a weapons-based militaristic training syllabus that was used to train Sikh warriors to defend and fight in ancient India. Tracing its roots back to the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, practitioners believe he received the art form through a divine summon, passing it on to his followers and other later gurus.

The art was further disseminated by Guru Hargobind, who popularized the idea of the warrior saint and encouraged Sikhs to train in self-defense activities. Martial-art historians believe that the art was an essential response to the violence encountered by the Sikh religious community, and it has played a large part in influencing the contemporary Sikh martial art of gatka.

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