The sport was developed in the 17th-century by Baba Budha Ji during the period from Guru Nanak Dev to Guru Hargobind. During this era, he started training the Sikh army and formerly called them as the Akali Sena, also referred to as Budha Dal in Gatka.
In 1920, Gatka was divided into two significant sub-forms or styles: 'Rasmi' (the traditional form) and 'Khel' (the sport). During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the Sikhs helped the British Army in avenging the mutiny with their regular gatka training and skills which led to the relaxation of the fighting restriction, earlier given by the Britishers.
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