(Swadeshi Customized System of Situation Reaction Tactics)

Each part of the world has a certain kind of martial arts to boast as its own. Much to the pride of Indians, we have many. India is the land of diversity and we can see this reflected in the different forms of martial arts that developed in all parts of the Indian subcontinent. Once a land of warriors, each culture in India has its unique form of combat and martial arts. But the Indian context has slowly pushed out its heritage and uniqueness to let foreign forms of martial arts take center stage.

It is painful to watch a country such as India, where the 'mother of all martial arts', the Kalaripayattu (Wiki) form originated, and where each culture has a unique form of its own, push back its rich traditions to give way for foreign ones. Forms such as Chinese Kung Fu and Japanese Karate receive undue attention and are widely pursued by the masses. But it is to be noted that most of the training imparted in this name is not very effective in street fight scenario and are mostly commercial in nature. Marketing them as the best has stolen the credit due to the superior forms of martial arts of India.

Bringing the spotlight back to the Indian culture traditional art forms & Indian forms of martial arts that have been sidelined or restricted to closed communities, Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj has developed MITTI Training System, a highly lethal form of martial arts that can be proudly called Indian at heart. It is the First Swadeshi Customised Close Quarter Battle, Customised Close Quarter Combat For Urban Warfare based on the Situation Reaction Tactics SRTs in the Counter Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism ops.

What is Shifuji’s MITTI System?

SWOT Analysis Every individual should carry out this analysis throughout his life after a certain milestone in his or her life. SO what exactly is SWOT Analysis? It is a simple task of jotting down your Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and your Threats. To write it down on the paper is easy but to act on every of the element of the SWOT can be sometimes dreadful to you. As to eliminate your weakness or working on it and to shift in the column of Strength needs a determination and perseverance. Well, carry your SWOT analysis today and see your better self-tomorrow. Research on the reality Situations To work on the reel things than the real things can be a waste of time. Researching on the situations that can occur in the daily life than the impractical things can be swaying of your potential Energy. Hence, Research on the real situation is the must in today’s time. Because when you work on real situations you can work for the better tomorrow. Customization of the specialized programme When you enroll in any specialized programme, a few alterations or customization can impact the whole programme. Well, customization of the programme, to get modified in a better one and revive the oldest technique by adding the ingredient of modesty. MITTI is basically a blend of the three vital elements and dropping out of any of the element can make it effective. So the three vitals are Mental, Emotional, and Physical coordination. When a soldier works on the field his intuition can help him to slump down the enemies as the mental capacity is considered as the foremost when you serve for the country. To knit the muscle memory and intuition as per the SWOT analysis of the situation and to get prepared for the CQB and CQC is the MITTI System. Well, do not forget to use the art forms for the specialized group lies in the teachings. MITTI is a unique mix of mental robustness, alertness, soldiers intuitions & use of his trained muscle memory the most lethal techniques that Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj developed from the various indigenous forms of martial arts such as Kalaripayattu, Silambam, Thang-ta & Sarit Sarak, Cheibi Gad-ga, Pari-Khanda, Thoda and other lesser known forms of combat, as well as deadliest close quarter combat systems. Shifuji's knowledge of the various armed and unarmed combat forms has helped him develop MITTI, which is not for the faint at heart. This lethal training system was developed with the aim of developing something originally Indian and a form that brings together the best of all the different forms of martial arts & close combat systems, both popular and the forgotten. Grandmaster Shifuji has extensively researched and trained rigorously to identify and use the best and the most aggressive techniques to develop the First Swadeshi Customised Close Quarter Battle, Customised Close Quarter Combat For Urban Warfare based on the true Situation Reaction Tactics SRTs in the Counter Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism ops. This is, in short, the soul of MITTI. When we talk about the martial art forms, we only know some of them which are curated by foreigners like Kung Fu. But we don’t that the oldest martial art was developed by India. And these foreign techniques are based on the pre-assumption of the situation which fails to work effectively in real urban warfare scenarios. MITTI is based on the Ground reality and actual disturbed area scenarios.

Shifuji’s MITTI System - The Story

When we glance over our country you can clearly see that our country is filled with the filthy programmes that are ineffective. It’s not because they are wrong but they are inhibited on our motherland by some foreign firms. Well, they teach you combat systems that may help you in the real life but if you just dig deeper into them, the techniques are not meant for us. As you know, China, Japan, and the Philippines are some of the Asian countries who have developed their CQC and martial arts. But we need to know that their martial arts are inculcated for their body structure and their health. India’s basic street fighting system is different from the foreign countries. Hence, to learn their martial arts can be ineffective for you. Even our tribal skill distinguishes from them. If you just look over the world, every country's armed forces and paramilitary have different techniques and the same goes for India and that’s solely due to the Diversity. If you consider the height difference in our country, if we shift towards the east the average height is 5.5ft and we ascent towards the north the average height of Rajput is 5.8ft-6.0ft. Hence, according to the height difference, we need to learn different techniques and after breaking down small aspects, Grandmaster Shifuji invented Mitti System and categorized by looking over every aspect of the human anatomy and designed the sections and courses accordingly. Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj was brought up in a highly patriotic family with a strong sense of nationalism and pride for the nation. His exposure to the traditional forms of martial arts began at a tender age. He was trained in Kusti by his revered father who was himself a Pehelwan and Ustaad of the Kusti Akhaara. The training that he received at the tender age of 2 had readied him to master even the toughest forms of martial arts. Master Shifuji traveled far and wide across India learning the martial art forms indigenous to each region. He traveled to South India to learn Kalaripayattu and Silambam, to Northeast India for Thang-ta and Sarit Sarak, and Cheibi Gad-ga from Manipur, Pari-Khanda of the Rajputs, Thoda from Himachal Pradesh, Gatka from Punjab and many more forms which have been kept exclusively within closed communities. With his expertise in each of the forms, some of which have almost been forgotten are now being revived in a new form. Shifuji is using his credentials to bring them back to the mainstream, helping them gain the necessary attention of Indians, as well as using these techniques to arm the Indian Armed Forces with the most lethal form of combat. The MITTI form of martial arts also covers skills such as Extreme meditation in moving techniques, Indian Hat Yog or body control and flexibility. More practical and tactical skills such as river swimming for extreme endurance and extreme flexibility are also included in it. For developing body strength the Desi Khustee Akhara Pehalwaani is also taught. This also develops the skills of grappling, core, extreme endurance, and reality-based fighting style.

Elements of Shifuji’s MITTI System

MITTI has in its soul the best of many forms of combat and martial arts. To call it by a single name would be a gross understatement, for it has the many roots it has in the ancient techniques that have been around the world. With elements taken from fighting forms like Kalaripayattu, which is considered to be the oldest martial arts and the 'mother of all martial arts', it can be said that MITTI is simply an extension of the natural course of the flow of martial arts. MITTI has its inspirations from many combat forms from in and around India. Here are some major forms of martial arts that have contributed to the making of MITTI. Kalaripayattu Called the 'mother of martial arts', Kalaripayattu is an ancient form of combat that originated in Kerala, the Southernmost state of India. It is Kalaripayattu that was later adapted and developed into Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai etc in East Asia. The legendary Bodhidharma is believed to have transmitted the Kalaripayattu form to Buddhist monks in 3 B.C.E., who later developed the modern forms of martial arts. Grandmaster Shifuji traveled to Kerala in his pursuit to learn the Kalaripayattu form. He was mentored under experts in Kerala, mastering the techniques of armed and unarmed forms of defense and offense. Kalaripayattu includes kicks, strikes, grappling, weaponry, preset forms, and healing methods. It is a mix of body exercises called the Maipayattu, Uzhichil or massage with Gingelly oil, fighting with Otta or an S-shaped stick, Puliyankam or sword fight, Verumkai or bare-handed fight, Angathari or the fight using metal weapons, and Kolthari which is the use of wooden weapons. The MITTI form of combat uses techniques from Kalaripayattu for close combat as well as physical training. Silambam Silambam is another ancient form of martial arts originated from the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It gets its name from the clacking sound the wooden sticks make when fighting. Bamboo sticks are used for fighting. It has been recorded in texts such as the Silapadikaaram. It has both mock-fighting and self-defense using the bamboo sticks. Different kinds of staves are used in this form like the torch silambam which has fired at one end, another which has a short but powerful staff, and other longer staves which are non-elastic and have a swishing and clattering sound. The Silamabam technique of martial arts has been a heavy influence on MITTI where the swift foot movements and use of hands to wield the staff, use of thrust, cut, chop and sweep are used. Thang-ta and Sarit Sarak These are forms of physical combat using arms and without arms, but extremely lethal in form practiced by Manipuri kings in the 17th century. These two forms are together known as Huyen Langdon. The weapons used are the spear, sword, an axe, known for its roots in tradition and rituals. The Thang-t and Sarit Sarak have a highly cultural aspect entrenched in the Manipuri psyche. The techniques of this art form are used to develop the MITTI form of martial art by Master Shifuji. Gatka The Gatka form of martial arts is another major influence on MITTI. This forms use lethal weapons and focus on weaponry. Originated in the Sikh culture of Punjab, this form uses sticks to simulate metal weapons. Now practiced as a sports form or ritual, the extensive research Shifuji conducted to master this form has enabled using the form in armed and unarmed combat, bringing it back to mainstream attention. Pari Khanda This Bihari form of martial arts was practiced by the mighty Rajputs using the sword and shield. Still practiced today in the form of Chauu Dance, the Pari Khanda has lent elements of its form to the making of MITTI. Thoda Long back to the times of Mahabharata, this martial art is one where the skill of archery is focused. Developed in the valleys of Kullu and Manali, its traditional form is performed as an art form where wooden bows and arrows with blunt round tips are used. Thoda form of archery has been an influence for the development of MITTI. Cheibi Gad-ga A form of martial arts using the sword and shield, Cheibi Gad-ga is a traditional form of combat originated in Manipur. The form was a highly aggressive form where the winner was decided depending on the skills and brute force. It is practiced now as a form of a game where blunt weapons are used. All these forms of martial arts were mastered by the Grandmaster for the making of MITTI. Apart from these Indian forms, Shifuji also took his expertise in Karate, Kung Fu and Jujistsu etc to develop the different aspects for MITTI.