Shastar Vidiya is a complete traditional Indian battlefield system from the Punjab, land of the five rivers, in the north west of India. It is a highly evolved and deeply conceptual art as it incorporates sophisticated unarmed techniques with a variety of unique Indian weapons such as, swords, spears, daggers, clubs, sticks, chain and ball, 'chakars' (quoits), 'bagh nakha' (leopard claw), etc., as well as tactics and stratagems.
The art has alongside it, a martial yoga, known as 'Sanjam Kiriya Variyam'. Despite being deeply rooted in tradition, its ancient wisdom, techniques, character and spirit are timeless - and are very relevant and practical even today. The benefits do not only pertain to the combat art, bit in living a long, healthy and happy life.
Many prominent masters of various martial arts have, in relation to their own practices, described Shastar Vidiya as being 'a long lost relative' (Fred Bigliardi, June 2012). This echoes the teachings of many martial arts of Far Eastern origin, which in one form or another, trace their origins to ancient India.