The Rules, the Tactics, the
Games Related to the Greased Wrestling
The greased wrestling game and its tactics are different from the other
wrestling styles according to the application style.
The main differences between Kirkpinar wrestling and the wrestling on mat
are the time of wrestling, the rules of games and the concept of winning
is longer than the wrestling on mat. There are also
differences between those two wrestling in terms of the games. The fact
that the greased wrestling is being performed with the wrestlers tights
and getting greased is the first difference. Kirkpinar wrestling has its
own tactics and games.
The result of the wrestling on mat is based on scores and the wrestling
fall. Until now Kirkpinar wrestling has been performed without time limit.
But due to long lasting wrestling, it has been turned into score system
after determined time.
In Kirkpinar, the wrestler who has done the forbidden trick
in the middle
of wrestling and behaves disorderly to Kirkpinar can get penalties. These
penalties vary from being disqualified to be banned from Kirkpinar during
The Side of
Greased Wrestling Requiring Becoming Strong and Clever: Wrestling
The success of a wrestler is based upon many tactical factors from how
he should start wrestling to which attack and defence tricks he will
perform. The secret of immediate decision and fulfilling it is based upon
To start wrestling
After the foreplay and greeting ceremony finishes, the wrestlers start
wrestling. For starters, they wrestle according to the importance and
strength of the opponent. The wrestler generally starts wrestling in the
most secure way by tying his opponent.
To tie wrestling afoot
It starts with a proper position. If wrestling will be done with a
wrestler whose left side is strong (left-handed wrestling), the right
wrist of the opponent is grabbed from outer side with the left hand. The
right elbow is bent on the chest of the opponent; the palm is put on the
neck and head of the opponent. The head of the opponent is held leaning
against the right biceps and end of the shoulder. With this position, the
wrestler overtops his opponent.
Hand neck scythe
After controlling the opponent as it is said above, while the right wrist
of the opponent is pulled inner side with the left hand, the opponent is
pushed towards left with the right hand by unbalancing him.
In this situation, the opponent is turned as if drawing a quadrant and
unbalanced. After the hand neck on the opponent, the right foot of the
opponent is hit with scythe from outside to inside by the left foot and
the opponent falls. Either he falls openly or on his face closely. During
this fall, the chance of immediate foot pulley comes. On this pulley, the
orient is not looked for; there is no time for it. If the pulley is not
done, single embracing is the most guaranteed way in order to control the
If the above grabbing is done from between the hip and knee-caps, it is
called fathoming and it is divided into two as single and double. It can
be used with cross.
It is to grab the trotter of the opponent with fingers as in pulley. It
can be done as single or double trotter. Inner and outer trotter is like
inner and outer pole or pulley. When facing with the opponent or during
inner trotter, if the right trotter of the opponent is grabbed with right
hand or the left trotter of the opponent is grabbed with left hand, it is
called reverse trotter; it is performed with trotter pole pulley and other
The wrestler in the tricks such as pulley afoot, orient pulley, reverse
dipper afoot, pull inside the wrestler by grabbing him from his heel or
Chest crossing afoot
Standing close to the opponent, the wrestler pushes inside him first with
right and then left in order to unbalance the opponent, but this should
not last long. With the other hand, the opponent is fathomed from his knee
(or with both arms, double fathoming is done). This movement should be
done in short time because of these useful sides:
The opponent cannot gather strength, the wrestler does not get tired, the
opponent is not carried, but if it lasts long it has some harms: Because
of it is greased wrestling, the opponent gets chance and he can do side
head (while going back, he puts his right or left arm on the crossed arm).
He unbalances with an immediate inner twist and with one foot he puts
inner hook. And he defeats by felling the opponent to the side. (This
movement was best done by the mullah Mehmet and Ali Ahmet from
To get the opponent below in chest cross or to fell
him by hooking
While crossing the opponent, the cross is left with the left hand; the
wrestler pulls his pulley by holding the inner pulley and forcing his
chest with the elbow. With outer hook by left foot, he is felled. The hand
on the pulley becomes available for outer arm and outer pole is hit. While
the opponent cannot gather strength, he is pushed back with the pole and
he is defeated by throat with left foot. If the foot is not in front of
the opponent, the defeat is not valid.
The trick behind the opponent with the hand neck
The opponent can be defeated by grabbing him from his below-belly and by
carrying him 3 steps. The wrestler in headlock does not stand to the back,
but to the forward chest by chest. While the arms of the opponent are tied
in headlock, choke danger is disappeared. The side body of the opponent is
lifted, he is carried 3 steps and felled on his back by outer hook and
forcing over him. If the opponent is not defeated, he falls among
dangerous tricks and he cannot escape from being defeated.
There is Winning and Losing as well
There are certain rules about winning and losing
in Kirkpinar. When one
of these pre determined situations occurs, the wrestling results in
winning or losing.
Here are the winning or losing situations in Traditional Greased
In sitting position, when the legs are open, dropping the elbows in 90
angle by shoring back with two hands,
b) In sitting position first shoring with a hand and turning its own axis
and shoring his second hand form the reverse,
c) Two elbows touching the ground,
d) In standing or laying positions while wrestling, touching his back to
e) When an elbow touches the ground, shoring the other hand on the ground,
f) Dragging his opponents hand, leg above his own knee and circling
around his axis once,
g) Defeating his opponent by doing the trick gerdanlama,
h) His wrestlers tights being torn or one of its pieces being torn apart,
his trotters knots being broken off is not counted as losing. In these
cases, the field referee stops the wrestling and lets the wrestle change
his tights. The time cannot exceed 10 minutes. If the tights are torn as
showing the private parts, it is counted as losing.
i) If two wrestlers go to wall, the wrestler who has done the last trick
is counted as winner.
j) If two wrestlers go to wall, the wrestler who has done the last trick
is counted as winner. When there are warning and objections, the field
referee decides with the tower referee.
There is not an election style in greased wrestling. The defeated wrestler
cannot wrestle again. The winner goes on the contests.