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The current custodian of the ancient north Indian battlefield art Shastar Vidya (Science of Weapons).


Through twenty-five years of intense study and demanding physical training, Nidar Singh has managed to preserve this closely guarded art that has teetered on the brink of extinction for the last 150 years. He is the sole-surviving master and ninth teacher (gurdev) of a classical school of learning established in 1661, called the Baba Darbara Singh Shastar Vidya Akhara, which is the last remnant of this ancient tradition.

Born and brought up in the UK, Nidar Singh was a teenager who knew virtually nothing about the religion he was born into when, in 1984 , left his home in the backstreets of Wolverhampton to live with relatives in a sleepy Punjabi village. It was there that his mundane life was changed forever following a chance meeting with an enigmatic septuagenarian Akali-Nihang warrior.

“I was fascinated by the old man’s claim that he was the last in a lineage of Sikh warriors who had secretly guarded the Guru’s art of war. I was immediately drawn on a journey of discovery into a world that has now all but vanished.”

Nidar Singh lives and breathes the technical aspects of the physical art, but reflecting the Indian tradition of all-encompassing learning, he is constantly striving to discover more of the art’s history, traditions, and martial philosophy, as passed on by a lineage of masters stretching back to the dawn of Indian civilisation.

Nidar Singh’s journey to reconnect people with their martial traditions continues and he has dedicated his life to preserving and sharing this precious heritage for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Teaching across USA & Canada

Nidar Singh is now teaching across the USA and Canada. He will be holding regular seminars in New Jersey, San Francisco, New Mexico, Ottawa and Toronto throughout the year.

These are in addition to the existing programme of seminars in the UK, Italy and Germany.

Also look out for seminars in India – coming soon.

All are welcome. See Facebook or Twitter for more details of upcoming events.



1999 – Warrior Saints: Three Centuries of the Sikh Military Tradition, I. B. Tauris
2004 – Sicques, Tigers or Thieves: Eyewitness Accounts of the Sikhs (1606 -1809), Palgrave Macmillan
2008 – In the Master’s Presence: the Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib Vol. 1, Kashi House
2011 – Golden Temple of Amritsar, Kashi House
Consultation – Prem Sumarg: The Testimony of a Sanatan Sikh, Hew Macleod


2005 – Presentation of research to Buddha Dal, India
Pehalwani – Exhibition
The Sikh fortress turban – Exhibition, British Museum
Shastar Vidya run by Shagrid Nanak Dev, Europe (Berlin)
Shastar Vidya, Canada
2008 – Budo Warrior & Shastar Vidya, Master Marc G Moor
2009 – Shastar Vidya and Established Martial Arts [1] [2] [3]
2011 – Joint with Philippine martial arts master Tuhon Pat O’Malley
2011 – Abode of Warriors, At Golden Temple Exhibition – SOAS
2011 – Golden Temple book launch, Nehru Centre


1995 – Shastar Vidya Akhara, Wolverhampton
Shastar Vidya Akhara, London
Sanjam Kirya (Yoga), Birmingham
Savya Raksha (Self defence), Slough
Annual Shastar Vidya Camp, Birmingham


Shastar Vidya is nothing less than the Guru’s martial legacy. Learning its vast repertoire of devastating techniques combined with its underlying paradoxical warrior philosophy, as well as undergoing its demanding training methods, are all crucial for developing the true psyche of a Sikh warrior.


Shastar Vidya Class

Tuesday 18:00 – 22:00 @ London
Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha)
62 Queensdale Road, W11 4SG

Thursday 19:00 – 21:30 @ Wolverhampton
Blakenhall Community and Healthy Living Centre
Bromley Street, WV3 3AS

Friday 18:00 – 20:00 @ Smethwick
St Albans Community Association
St Albans Road, B67 7NL

Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 @ Cranford
Cranford Community College High Street, TW5 9PD

Saturday 10:00 – 16:00 @ Leeds
GNNSJ Sikh Temple
78 Lady Pit Lane, LS11 6DP

Sunday 10:00 – 13:00 @ Birmingham
Namdhari Gurdwara
1199 Coventry Rd, B25 8DF

Sunday 15:00 – 18:30 @ Leicester
Guru Amardas Gurdwara
219-227 Clarendon Park Rd, LE2 3AN

Sanjam Kiriya Viriyam Class

Monday 20:00 – 21:00 @ Birmingham
143 Lodge Road, B18 5BU.