The Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh Ji Gatka Akhara was originally formed as Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji Gatka Akhara (UK) under the instruction of Ustad Bhai Charanjit Singh Ji in 2004. The akhara (group) was never properly established in the UK until 2006 when Bhai Sahib Gurdial Singh Ji ‘Madho Ji’ (Damdami Taksal) gave aagiya (blessings) to the Singhs to re-launch the akhara under the name of Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh Ji.
The akhara, under the new name, was launched in Leicester where ‘Madho Ji’ was staying as to complete the restoration seva (service) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (everlasting Sikh Guru in scripture form). After a few months the akhara started classes in Leeds at The Sikh Temple Gurdwara, however, sevadars (volunteers) of the Gurdwara requested a change of name and continued the classes under a new name and leadership. The akhara was then approached by the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, where Gatka was taught to predominantly non-Sikhs. At the same time the akhara was approached by Gurdwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib, Doncaster, where classes have been running weekly. As the eminence of the akhara was ever increasing, Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Bradford, approached the sevadars to launch classes in time for the opening of their new building in 2010. Gatka classes were held with great determination, and a number of students of the akhara have become very skilled practioners of the Sikh martial art. The latest classes are now being held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha (Fartown) Huddersfield.
With Guru Sahib’s kirpa (blessings) the sevadars of the akhara have taught Gatka to over 150 students and the numbers continue to increase on a weekly basis. The akhara has performed many demonstrations to Sikh and non-Sikh audiences, nationally and internationally; and have also made a number of television appearances.
This website acts as an online portal for those wishing to learn more about the Sikh martial art and also to maintain the legacy and memory of one of the greatest ever practitioners of Gatka – Ustad Bhai Charanjit Singh Ji (1981-2004).