The Concepts Which Form Kirkpinar

Wrestler’s trousers, red candle, drum and horn and foreplay are the traditional concepts which form Kirkpinar…

The most 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 wrestling organizations.

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…

Getting Greased

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…

 

The Way of Getting Greased

After the 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 boilers.

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 the custom.

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.

 

 

A Colorful Scene of Kirkpinar: Foreplay

After the 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” jumping.

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.

 

 

The Wear 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.

 

The wrestler’s 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.
 

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. 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.

The 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 their masters.

The wrestler 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 etc...


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.

Kirkpinar Prayer

Vatanimiza, milletimize, ordumuza, yurdumuza goz diken dusmanlari taslariz,
Halkin inayetiyle, euzu besmeleyle bu gun gureslere baslariz.
Sarki, turku girerse besteye, gordugunuz pehlivanlar gures yapacaklar desteye.
Pehlivan, pehlivan!
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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