International Gatka Academy
Guru Shabad S.K. De Santis formerly III dan of Judo and Ju Jitsu, began the practice of Kundalini Yoga in 1976 and was directed by Yogi Bhajan to study Gatka. His training ended and he was allowed to begin teaching Gatka after Yogi Bhajan personally called Baba Nihal Singh to Italy to review his competence and preparation.
Guru Shabad founded the International Gatka Academy in 1989, of which he is the current president. He created “Sword Therapy”, at the recommendation of Yogi Bhajan, who instructed him to build two swords for this purpose and give them to him.
The swords are in the treasury of the Sikh Dharma in New Mexico. When asked why there were two swords, Yogi Bhajan replied: “… One will be mine and one yours. So, when you move the sword, you will always have me next to you!”
Guru Shabad is also a Kundalini Yoga trainer of level I, II and III. He still trains Gatka teachers at an international level through his method the GGSS ©️. He was awarded the “Old Star of Martial Arts” sports award by the Italian National Olympic Committee for introducing Gatka to Italy and teaching Yoga for 40 years.
Moreover, Guru Shabad is an expert in Numerology as taught by Yogi Bhajan and has mastered the subtle science of Bach Flower remedies.
The GATKA GURU SHABAD SYSTEM method is based on four main points: EFFECTIVENESS, SECURITY, COMMUNICATION, AWARENESS.
- EFFECTIVENESS: The Gatka is a weapon and bare-handed system aimed at the protection of one’s person, the defenseless and the weakest. Everything is aimed at a victorious conflict.
- SAFETY: The practice must not only safeguard the person and put him in a position to operate safely but also take care of the practitioner’s physical well-being.
- COMMUNICATION: The practice must help highlight and understand the relationship between the science of communication and the art of Gatka in the paradox of successful communication / victorious conflict.
- AWARENESS: The practice must contribute to one’s knowledge and to develop empathy with people, the environment and the rhythm of one’s heart.
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