Phoenix Arts

A student and friend of mine pointed me in the direction of an interesting article today.  The gist of it centered around the “last master” of a traditional Sikh Martial Art called Shastar Vidya.  It’s a weapon art, that was all but stamped out by British occupation in the 19th Century.  Nidar Singh now seeks students to pass on this dwindling style of weapon play.  Sadly, his story is not unique.  One of the first things a conquering nation often does is take the weapons away from the natives.  We have seen this numerous times throughout history.  Rather than focus on this aspect of time I want to examine what arose from the ashes of imperialist oppression. Continue reading