Concepts Which Form Kirkpinar
Wrestler’s trousers, red candle, drum and horn and
foreplay are the traditional concepts which form
remarkable feature of Kirkpinar which differentiates from
the other wrestling contests may be thought to be “wrestling
as the whole bodies of the wrestlers are greased”, however;
it is one of the most important factors which helps
Kirkpinar last that long and be privileged from the other
Kirkpinar, lasting with agha, wrestler’s trousers, foreplay,
drum and horn, foreplay includes red candle, golden belt and
other original concepts of itself….
Apart from strength of fists, accurate tactics, spiritual
strength also takes place in winning a contest…
First, the left shoulder, the chest, the arm and the
wrestler’s trousers are greased with the right hand and
then, they are all repeated with the left hand…
of Getting Greased
matching and the pray of the announcer are done, the
wrestlers must be greased to start wrestling. This procedure
is being performed as:
The wrestlers who decide to test their strength and wear
their trousers, are getting greased in the boilers full of
grease and water. First, the left shoulder, the chest,
the arm and the wrestler’s trousers are greased with the
right hand and then, they are all repeated with the left
hand. Wrestlers grease one another in front of the
The wrestlers who need to be greased on wrestling can ask
the greasers who are wandering around for getting greased.
But the wrestlers need their opponents’ permissions in order
to clean their faces with their clothes. This is regarded as
If wrestling gets hot and one of the wrestlers demands for
water or getting greased as to pass time, the opponent can
object it and he has the right not to allow that.
Colorful Scene of Kirkpinar: Foreplay
announcer’s introducing the wrestlers and his pray, the
wrestlers prepare as they are acting foreplay.
Foreplay is a kind of warm-up exercises and physical-fitness
exercises. These harmonious movements cheer the audience and
pump up the mood of the wrestlers. With the foreplay, the
wrestler prepares his breathe, muscles and heart to the
contest which will start soon.
After the wrestlers’ standing in front of the referee
committee and being introduced by the announcer, they kneel
down on their left knees and touch first the ground, the
lips and the forehand with the right hand. In fact, some of
the wrestlers pick up the grass and bite. After this
ceremony they sometimes cry out “Hayda bre pehlivan”
After that, they hold their opponents’ trotters and rub
their opponents’ backs, they grasp their necks and shake
them one or more times so they start to wrestle.
of the Wrestler: Wrestler’s Tights (Kispet)
In the past, the wrestler’s wearing the tights used to be
considered very significantly and there had to be a
ceremony for that. The wrestlers who had not achieved the
rank “Pehlivan” could not wear the wrestler’s tights.
tights come first from the equipment of the wrestlers to
compete in the greased wrestling. Sewing wrestler’s tights
has lots of delicacies. This leather is both rough and wide.
The back of the wearing is made wide for the wrestler’s
fitting. But the trotters and the thigh are tight. The
trotters are plated border. These trotters are tied above
the calves. The trotters keep so tight that the opponent’s
hand or finger can not slip inside.
the past, the wrestler’s wearing the tights used
to be considered very significantly and there had
to be a ceremony for that. The wrestlers who had
not achieved the rank “Pehlivan” could not wear
the wrestler’s tights. The master of a wrestler
used to decide when the wrestler would wear
wrestler’s tights. On the ceremony of wearing
wrestler’s tights, the old wrestlers, the audience
and the relatives used to take place. The young
wrestler would kiss the hands of his master and of
the other old wrestlers and make a show wrestling
with one of his relatives. On the ceremony the
family of the young wrestler would cry.
According to the
customs, before wearing the wrestler’s tights, wrestler
had to perform the namaz. For the soul of Hamza nibs who
was the master of all wrestlers they used to pray. While
wearing the wrestler’s tights the wrestler used to
pronounce the formula. The reinforced waistband of a
wrestler’s leather trousers would be kissed and touched to
the forehand and first from the right trotter and the next
from the left trotter the wrestler’s tights would be worn.
Again according to the custom, some rose water used to be
added into the grease.
The old wrestlers usually used to wear the wrestler’s
tights made out of the leathers of the water buffaloes.
Before the famous wrestlers such as Koca Yusuf,
Kurtdereli, Adali Halil, and Kara Ahmet and until 1963,
the leather of the water buffalo had been widely accepted.
A wrestler’s tights made out of the leather of the water
buffalo used to be 12-13 kg when it absorbed the grease.
After 1963, the wrestler’s tights made out of the leather
of the water was removed and the wrestler’s tights out of
the leather called calfskin became widely popular. The
greatest reason of this was that the generation in which
the weights of the wrestlers were over 120 kg became
scarce or completely disappeared.
The wrestler’s tights out of the calfskin become 3 kg when
they are greased, so the wrestler can wrestle more easily.
On wrestler’s tights there are exactly 55 sewing. The
worst enemy of the wrestler’s tights is water. After the
matches the wrestler’s tights to be put into the basket
should be cleaned and greased again.
The Basket (Zembil)
The wrestler’s tights are being carried in the
baskets named Zembil which is made from rush.
After the wrestling, the wrestler’s tights are
cleaned and greased for not being dried and they
are put in the basket in order to be prepared for
the next match.
wrestler who is traveling a country to another by
holding the basket indicates he wants to wrestle
or he has already wrestled. The baskets of the
great wrestlers used to be carried by their two
apprentices. The youths who had no sing of any
wrestlers were not allowed to carry the basket of
having quit wrestling, used to hang his basket on the wall
and that means he would never wrestle again.
THE KIRKPINAR PRAYER
Allah Allah illallah; hayirlar gele insallah!
One of the most important aspects of the greased wrestling
is to perform as accompanied by the music from the drum
and horn and to start wrestling with a prayer. The
wrestlers who are the symbol of bravery, flourished from
Kel Alico, Adali Halil, Kurtdereli Mehmet and Koca Yusuf
The prayer in Kirkpinar wrestling is done by the announcer
when the wrestling starts. After the prayer by the
announcer, the wrestling in all categories starts.
Vatanimiza, milletimize, ordumuza, yurdumuza goz diken
Halkin inayetiyle, euzu besmeleyle bu gun gureslere
Sarki, turku girerse besteye, gordugunuz pehlivanlar gures
Hos geldiniz, sefalar getirdiniz pirler meydanina,
Seref verdiniz, tarihi Kirkpinar gures sahasina…
Hani Ali, hani Veli, hani Kurtdereli?
Pirimiz, ustadimiz, Hazreti Hamza,
Peygamberimiz Muhammed’in Mustafa…
Allah, Allah, illallah!
Pehlivanlara hep beraber
Alkislarla diyelim masallah!
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