Vague Beginnings & Decline of Sqay
Although the exact beginning is uncertain, Sqay can be traced as far back as 4000 BC, where the Kashmiris were believed to have used the sword-fighting style to fend themselves from wild animals, along with hunting for food. It has been noted that back in 3889 BC, a vicious storm had once claimed the nation of Kashmir. Leaving behind nothing but destruction, the remaining survivors were left to survive using Sqay.
It wasn’t until the king of Kashmir ‘Puran Karan,’ when Sqay was applied and taught to the soldiers of Kashmir for warfare purposes. Over the decades, it eventually became a requirement for all soldiers to be trained in Sqay. In fact, one of the earliest evidence of Sqay were seen in Persian writings in Kashmir. Starting from the colonial period, the ancient martial art began to slowly fade and the lack of effort made by the government left Sqay to dwindle away into the past.