The performance had started with stick fights but soon props like swords, nails and hammers were added. Selected Indian soldiers were trained in Gatka by a specialist for four months, an officer said. The training clearly paid off.
"It was a very strong show. I had never seen anything like it. I have seen Bollywood singing and dancing but this was very tough. This was very different. It must have hurt," said Major Zhang.
On the last day, the exercise culminated in a hail of bullets, grenades, anti-tank rockets and mortar shells as soldiers from both countries took on a group of "100 terrorists" in a simulated anti-terrorism operation.
"It was a very professionally carried out exercise. Though our modules of training are different, the soldiers coordinated well," Colonel Gaurav Srivastava, commanding officer of the Sikh Light unit said.
Language was a problem but a group of translators helped the soldiers in understanding each other, he added. The soldiers also got a taste of each other's culture with the contingents holding common dinners and cultural programmes.