Panjabi Wrestling – From India to the UK

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– [Coach] Don’t bounce off your legs. Just go that way. (instrumental music) – Hello we’re from Slough
Wrestling Club and we’ve been exploring the history
of Panjabi wrestling. A history that goes
back hundreds of years. – We have been interviewing
wrestlers, young and old to hear their stories and experiences. We hope you enjoy this film. – [Narrator] Wrestling’s
got the highest Panjabi participation of any
sport of the 29 sports in the Olympic Games and in Great Britain. At one time, about 25%
of the wrestlers in the British Wrestling Association
were of Panjabi origin. I listened to my father’s
stories of Panjabi wrestling when guests came around and
on weekends of legendary matches in Panjab and the
legendary wrestlers of Panjab. And that must have had an
effect on my subconscious mind because that stayed at the
back of my mind whilst I was growing up. – [Narrator] I think our
parents wanted us to earn their respect and be strong so
they pushed us into this kind of sport and you get a
good name in the community. It’s in our culture and
it’s in our religion. Gurus have told us that
you should wrestle, grapple so being Sikh, when you start
learning about your religion and history and reading its there. (foreign language) – Sikhi is always about
doing combat sports. Or doing wrestling was a big
part in Sikhism, our gurus did wrestling, they did
archery, they did combat. It was always about learning self defence. So in that aspect it was very good, it was an important
aspect of Sikhi to do it. – [Narrator] The golden
age of Panjabi wrestling, was from 1857, but it peaked in 1910, 11 and then through to
30’s, just up to partition. – [Narrator] Like boxers in this country, old boxers like Ali and Henry Cooper, and other names like that. Old folk remember old wrestlers
names like Messompur’s Hukam Singh The Great Tiger Daulla from
Garhshanker which is near us. And they would talk about the matches, do you remember that match? And there were grudge
matches and it was a very, it was intense rivalry, it was
between regions and religions and that brought it to a, these would come to a frenzy, during the
season of competition. Almost to death, that kind of rivalry existed in pre-partition Panjab. – [Narrator] If you go back
to Panjab, everyone wrestled. You’ve got a lot of respect
if you was a wrestler. You know, Pehlwan, you’ve got
a lot of respect if you was a kabaddi player and these sports they give
you strength and respect. (foreign language) – In the Panjab if a
Panjabi had three sons, one would go to the army, one would do farming and one would
typically do wrestling. – Well I mean I had in the
village as young people, there is this kind of
concept of a Pehlwan. A wrestler, literally
a kind of a, associated with people who were kind of physically, kind of big, in the villages. – Yeah my dad was from
a little village called, Praghpur which is, the biggest city is Jalandhar in the Panjab. Again traditionally,
the competition they had in wrestling was village against village, and see who the champion’s in the area. – Dad talks about his
brothers and his grandad, he said you know they
all competed in sport, they all did wrestling, even if it wasn’t a competitive level they did it at home. It’s like playing football
in your back garden. – I was in the village,
I was so lucky we used to have a mela, like a fair Wrestling mela in July of every year, and from there we always tried
to imitate the wrestlers, and tried to do some exercises
and do some wrestling. – When I was younger in the winter time, there was no work in the
fields, no farming work, free time except looking
after the animals. And they fill up the bags with the sand, and start lifting the weights. One on that side one on And then they’d lift up the mungar And they did some wrestling some times, if there was somebody
who wants to wrestle, somebody, come on do it. – Those days all these youngsters
they use to get together, and go to these akhara’s and do exercises, and mainly in those days the exercises used to be squats and
dips, and they didn’t have this modern facilities as we have today, the gyms and weight lifting and so on. So they use to do these
like free exercises. – Generally the kind of
position was that if you saw that a kid was slightly stronger, people would kind of comment and encourage that he’s got the makings of a Pehlwan. Because remember it’s only
kind of agriculture and farming are the only, there’s no other kind of jobs in the villages. So you work on the land, and
this was a kind of an outlet, and which gave you, it was a gateway to a totally different world. – [Narrator] My father all
his life he was a wrestler. He was a court wrestler,
through the Maharaja of Ameeti for nine years. – [Narrator] The Maharajas
were all in competition with with each other, for sport,
tiger hunting, wrestling, long jump, running, etc. They
would have competitions, this was a competition that the
Maharaja of Patala for example, who had the strongest akhara
and troop of wrestlers. A top wrestler would win prestige, there was fame and fortune. Fortunes were mostly
for the heavyweights, the heavyweight champion of
India, would be a wealthy man. – The word Pehlwan you know, symbolise more than just a sport,
it defined, you know villages were put on the map by virtue of a particular Pehlwan. So the family status would kind of rise. – The rules haven’t changed
in Kushti wrestling, since the Mughal empire and you know we’re talking hundreds of years,
so they still carrying out that same wrestling, the same
rules, the same time keeping and the same concept of wrestling. – The ritual is that
you go into this ring, it’s like the gladiators ring. And the first action that
you do is to touch basically mother earth, pick up a bit of
soil and you rub your hands. – The rules are simple,
it’s very straight forward, you match and mutually agree to a match, and you mutually agree to a time, say it could be 20 minutes,
it could be 40 minutes, if it’s a grudge match,
an opponent could say until one is defeated, so you could go on for an hour or two hours. Matches have been known to go for, one match a legendary match went 11 hours. The rules are to turn
him on his back once. And once the mud, the soil
touches it leaves an imprint. Two shoulders touch the
ground it’s over, finished. You can’t do waist rolls or
bridges or anything like that. Panjabi wrestling is, once
you’re on your back it’s over, finished, you’ve lost. – Back in the days there
was no weight classes, so what you normally use to
have, was the heavier guys use to enter, you use
to get lighter people, but it was more known for
people which were heavier a bit bigger, to enter the tournaments. – Competition always generally
took place in rural villages. Around all around Panjab,
in the Pakistan side and Indian side. And there was reasons behind that there, if your crop failed one
year some holy man would say you need a competition
to ward off evil spirits. – Whenever you had a Mela or fair, villages would go there
and the main attraction would be a particular wrestler, pehlwan, from their area, who
would kind of lock horns as it were, with another rival who would be from another area. People kind of come in
and they kind of introduce and you see them all kind of
walking with this The strides, their particular
ways of going around first as it’s like, I’m the bull in the stadium. And the other guys going to come
in and they’re not going to, they’re just hovering around
and making each other, it’s the kind of ritual
is, I’m here you know? And people are kind of going crazy and they haven’t even started. – It could be like a
three, four day festival. So it wasn’t, there was
never no time limit to it back in the days they use
to see whose the strongest athlete, and the only
way to do that was to see whose actually going to last
the longest in their akhara. So there was no time limit,
maybe two, three hours they might wrestle for
two, three, four hours. – The moment one wrestler has
pinned the other one down, that village is going to go crazy. They’re going to lift this
pehlwan on their shoulders and go around the circuit,
there’s people are going to throwing money, notes and
it’s in that sense it was, something that raised income as well, to kind of subsidise you know, their kind of food, their lifestyle etc. – The village level would be a fair, a small fair and they
would have a few matches. A Dangal would be the
region or the district, or national pehlwans, the strong wrestlers would come together, that was
in essence what a Dangal was. – Dangal, nobody knows nobody. They come from all over India
they don’t know each other. So there are people there
who manage the Dangal, they write the names down,
and they fix the matches, they match them. The Dangals are announced
in the newspapers, They may not be every year One year its Allahabhad the next year it maybe some
other town, other big city. – Some competitions are centuries old, over 200 wrestlers would turn
up from all over far away places, Delhi and Bombay
and Calcutta and Kashmir. All over India they come to the Panjab. Hundreds and thousands
of people would look at, would watch a match and the
wrestler would be called a Pehlwanji, it’s a great respect. And pehlwans would
travel and sit together, they had an aura of strength
and dignity about them. – 20 minutes in the Dangal. After that, they have to separate them. Draw, decision or you know, win or no win, just draw, it doesn’t matter. They show them what they know. 20 minutes is a long time
for the wrestler to show his, what he can do. – Akhara is in a sense,
a training place or club for wrestling or other sports. It can be considered to some
athletes a home or second home. – The akhara is a very
sacred place for a wrestler. It’s steeped in history,
it has religious ceremony, pehlwans put tumeric into the akhara, they put mustard oil into it. They sift the soil and make it very fine, so there’s not a single stone in it. (foreign language) – It can be considered a school, cause
you learn a lot of lessons that come, a new person,
a grown up, adult. Where you become a
champion, where you learn about discipline, so it is
considered a school as well. – Nobody must go on in
there with their shoes, no non-wrestler can get into the akhara, it’s a very strict regime. The Indian akhara had very
strong loyalty system. They would adhere to
the coach or the club. If you betray the club
and go to another club, generally that was looked
down up on and frowned upon. (foreign language) – The coach would teach him all the tricks of the trade or
the secrets of the trade. They were jealously guarded
by each club and each coach, but they were only impart
those on to very favourite wrestlers who they thought would make it. – There were always, you
can call them gurus. And they use to teach you what to do, how to tackle each other,
how to protect yourself, and how to defend
yourself and how to attack to get the winning proposal. Generally when we were training, we use to train twice a day. Early in the morning about five o’clock, and then in the evenings
about six o’clock. This use to depend where you are, because of the weather, like
in India the weather very hot in the hot summers, so it
was always good to wrestle before the sun comes out. First to be, in the old
days when we start early, use to do acrobatics Like squats and dips, and
then after that do practise. – And they’d do typically 500
tiger bends and 2000 squats. And they would put oil,
mustard oil on all their body. If you look in the old
pehlwan photographs, none of them had any hair on their body, they would go, with the mulish. Mulish meaning massage with mustard oil. And they’d do that to
relieve their muscles of tension, and you’d
get supple, very supple. You’d need to be very supple
to get out of certain moves. Like headlocks. – [Narrator] All they’re
doing all day long is, the Indian style kind of
sit ups and press ups, and picking up a stone
and putting it down. – Then they would move to Indian clubs, what we call in Panjabi
wrestling or munglia They’re great big mills, meals
they called them in persian, but they were great big
clubs, and you swing them over your shoulders, it’s
an old Indian training. And when the Brits came and
they called them Indian clubs, they were really really heavy. That was one, lifting stones up with your head, that was another. Pulling, they call it a swagi in Panjabi I don’t know what they call it in English, is a plank of heavy wood
that you drag around behind you, which is tied with a rope. You drag it around the
akhara to make it flat. And then ideally somebody would sit on it, so you’re pulling your own body weight, it’s a lot of resistance training. (foreign language) – Like me, my dad wanted
me to be a wrestler. I started when I was 13 years old. No tea, no silly, no junk food, no nothing in the beginning, right
from the beginning. You know, there’s certain
things you can eat the other you can’t not allowed. And so this preparation
is from the beginning. – But the one thing that
everybody, every wrestler drinks in India, and it’s famous
with the wrestlers, is the serdai. The almond milk drink. – Almonds, they would
grind them, on the stone, and well now we have machines to do that. And they use to take the
juice of these almonds, and drink that after
they have done practise. Because this use to give
them a lot of strength. – The number one thing
was Ghee the butter. You know, it was kind of
an expensive commodity in those days, but it was also available. And you know the reputation
was such that people would say you could drink a kilo of Ghee. You know we kind of
amazed at these things, but that was their kind of diet. – And the Panjabi pehlwans
in particular were not vegetarian, they would
have goats meat made in a great big, like a karahi. And this would bubble all day long, in the evening they’d start it off. And they would drink
the broth of that soup. – We had meat, some sort of
meat, mainly bacon, pigs. Every fourth day, yeah. Normally we drink milk and yoghurt, and makhani, butter, yeah unsalted butter. We had as much as we wanted. – I remember seeing my kind of friend use to live in Bombay and some
of these wrestlers and kabaddi Players would go and
stay with him in Bombay. He phoned me at once he
said, “I’m really fed up. I’ve got four of them, in my flat. From the morning all
they’re doing is press ups, press ups, press ups, and he said I’ve had to buy you know,
12 chickens every day. That’s all their diet is
chicken, meat, press ups, sit ups, chicken.” – Wrestlers had a very simple life. It was all rest and food and train, rest, food and train, generally boring. And they never had any
ambitions of getting married until they retired,
cause they believed that the marriage would distract
his complete energy. That was popularly believed. Traditionally they had
very very bad lives. In retirement their knees would pack up, their cartilage was gone
due to doing thousands and thousands of squats,
they fell on hard times. – [Narrator] The great Gama
was about my height I think, Inch and a half taller than me, but he was the world champion. The most famous one in
Panjab, for skill and for his size, he was very very good. I only wish he went to the Olympic games, but he didn’t and that’s another story. – The polish man, Polish
wrestler the Zbyszko. He had a bout in London
1910 with the Gama, he was, couldn’t get
up, he was on the floor. Good at floor wrestling,
Gama couldn’t beat him, Gama was, tried his best,
went on for two hours, or more I don’t know the actual. Then Maharajah Patalia, got in touch with Zbyszko, and a bout was fixed, arranged for 1928. After that Gama retired. And Gama beat him within a minute. – How you get super hero’s now, they were super hero’s in those days. That’s what they were considered,
to be looked up to as. – Three miles from my village, there was another wrestler
called Didar Singh Sodi, He was friends of Kikar Singh They were very close then. All people gathered around
and would see Kikar Singh They want to see the great name. Then somebody decided let’s bring a camel, they sit on a camel, yeah? And we go around and
everybody can see them. Here everybody can’t see them. Lack of space you know. They sat on the camel,
the camel couldn’t get up. Cause they’re both very heavy, and there were old
people in their fifties, and the camel couldn’t get up. – [Narrator] After 1947
India became a republic, and the Maharajas became citizens, and they would become ordinary citizens, and their lands were confiscated and there were no longer Maharajas. It was finished forever,
Akhara’s lost the royal patronage, lost funds, money
and looking after etc. etc. So the support system just vanished, crumbled underneath their very eyes. – When the partition happened, the muslims went,
migrated to the Pakistani side of Panjab, and the rivalry was gone. Just like that in a week. And once there was no rivalry, the competitive spirit declined. And there was no, interest declined. – All the Indians that came
here first, the Panjabi’s, mainly Panjabi’s, they
were not wanted in India, there were no jobs, no
industry, no nothing. So they came to earn a living. They had to send the money
home to their families. – Yeah my father left India
to come the U.K in the early 60’s, really to maybe find
a better life, he wanted to build a better future for ourselves. And like I said carry some
of the traditions with him. So the wrestling became one of them. – My father came in 1958,
and when the Panjabi’s from the Panjab of our region, the Dwaba region first
migrated to England, generally the idea was
only for a couple of years, or short term. And when they arrived here,
we have a fair in Baylis Park every year, and there turned
up a Panjabi wrestler, and there was another one who was a rival, and they said well why don’t you have a match at the fair, and
we’ll put money on it. – All the like Sikh guys,
they use to go to work, a lot of the men work at building sites, you know, make sure
different work, heavy work, so they would go to
work and they would come in the evening and train in the park, and then they would go to this club, and they would basically wrestle. – Father was approached by a wrestling club of Panjabi wrestlers. And my father still use to
do the sit ups and push ups that he use to do in India. And my father said that he’s too busy, he’s working 60 hours
a week in the bakery, to raise his family and send money back, there was a lot of, there
was a mortgage to pay, there was raising the
children, sending money back, and trying to get established,
it was a hard period. So my father never took the
opportunity to go to the club. That was the reason why not so many participated in the early 60’s. – By the mid 60’s, you know
you had more people coming in. Their interest was in
wrestling, and kabaddi which were two related sports. And my earliest memories,
was in the Dominion Centre. We had a wrestler pehlwan
called Dara Singh. He was king of the world, he
was the champion of the world, as far as we were concerned. We’re talking about the mid 60’s. The Dominion Centre had
a, you know it was kind of a cinema with a ring
there, and this guy came to wrestle there, the whole
cinema was kind of full, we’re looking at 1200
seats, people standing, and obviously Dara Singh was going to win, anything else was unthinkable. He later went down to make films. Instead of songs, Dara Singh would wrestle three or four people, and
that’s all we went to see. It was like our kind of film. – They were great role models. Dara Singh was a professional wrestler and he became a movie star. He was tall, I think he was six foot four. He was world champion in
professional wrestling, which is different to what we did. But nevertheless he became a movie star, and he was India’s Hercules. – The other memories, that on Saturdays, I mean nobody had
televisions in those days. But we had kind of granada
and redifusion shops, which would rent TV’s. So most of the people
weren’t earning enough income to buy TV’s, or to rent them. So what you had was people like me, and older men I was a child, school. We would stand in front
of the TV rental shop, at four o’clock on Saturday,
to watch wrestling. For one hour you’d have 10, 20 people, in front of most rental TV shops in Southall watching
TV, watching wrestling. – [Announcer] See the
way he’s pointing there I don’t think he’s really
likes anybody that much. Prince Singh, he’s a big Indian. I’m told he makes quite a
lot of pictures in India. He’s done a lot of Indian films. – In 1966, it so happened that Dara Singh and his brother Randhawa, and their
other wrestler Sudhgar Singh, came to this country and I met them, and then they were somehow
impressed with me as well. So I had, open opportunity
to go and join them in India and practise more, and
then I started my career. And I had to wrestle
this freestyle wrestling as we use to call it, and
I did not match in Singapore but first match, as a
professional wrestler, then of course after that in
India and other countries, countries like United States, Canada, and we use to jump around if
we go to do Panjabi wrestling, in the melas and all that
yallii, yalli and all that. So when I used to be on
this wrestling rings, I had did some dancing
as well, jumping around, so there is always influence,
what you have been doing in your younger age
and your own community. – The park use to be kind
of, pretty full lot of kabaddi players and you had the same
thing, they did not change even when they came into this country. Like I said the same press
ups, the same sit ups. – We got four or five
Panjabi wrestlers together, and we started wrestling in
the parks in the evenings, in the summer months, in
preparation for the kabaddi tournaments. But it was primarily fitness
and only about four or five techniques, very Panjabi desi style, very holding the neck, pushing, firemans carry and them sort of things. – In the changing room
what would happen is, these guys would say to me,
shorty, like the young one, come here, you know? There’s this ritual about the massage, wrestler have got it big
time, massaging each other. So there’s you know, do my massage, and you think oh my God,
and it’s mustard it stings if you’ve ever, I mean,
they use to get me to do it and I’d think oh my God,
cause these guys were big you don’t want to mess with them. So my friend and I do their massages and they’re lying on the concrete, they’re not feeling
anything, and they’re saying what are you doing I told you to do it, and we are saying we’re doing it. Cause they can’t, they want
us to put more pressure, and more strength in this thing. And you know your hands just become stuck the fingers get stuck in one place after you finish with these guys, and then they would say you’re
useless go, go away, right? – I think when the generation came over, my dad and everyone, they
carried this sport over, so in this sikh community,
these local events, they would have the rock
lifting, the kabaddi training, the wrestling, they
would have these events. And that would bring the
sikh community together, at you know, at the summer mela. – What the sikh temples started doing, from about the late 60’s is to hold tournaments. And what they would have in tournament, would be Asian tournaments,
Asian teams coming from all over the country
and it was almost an honour for the town to have a tournament. And people looked forward, it was a set timetable every year. Gravesend, Birmingham,
Leicester, Coventry, Bradford, Southall, Barking. They were kind of the
regular, annual tournaments. And they went on throughout the 70’s, throughout the 80’s, 90’s. – In my wrestling time, at
that time there use to be very few cars, none of
my friends had a car. We use to travel up and
down, spending our own money, on petrol, no one use to help us. Ranjit Gill had an old Datsun that you wouldn’t go
further than 10 miles in, because you wouldn’t trust it. But we went to Manchester in it. We didn’t have the
money to stay in hotels, so we use to sleep in the car
with the seat reclined back, with the engine on. And we’d switch it off, then
we would switch it back on and then the heater would come on, then we’d switch it back
off and this would go on through the night. And in the morning we
would be so exhausted, we’d have dark eyes, and
we’d go into the match, and wrestle and in my case
lose, and then come back again. – The whole community from different towns would want to come and see the wrestling, and the kabaddi Same as in India, on grass,
and you have the kabaddi ring and everybody would sit
outside their circle, and you have the same
kind of hysterical crowd. We are talking about, I’ve seen you know, 3000 people easily watching
this kind of bout, and you have the same
kind of frenzied crowd. They’re shouting and
they almost as soon as, you know you got a sense
that there’s going to be a riot here, because one
wrestler is going to pin the other one down and
the people from his town are going to disrupt this
act, because they know their man is kind of losing. As soon as he’s won, oh my God, you have to be there to kind
of, see they’re going to share, kind of, level of excitement
I can’t describe it but it’s like the whole town has won. They’re carrying this guy
around and people are throwing pound notes, five pound notes. Alcohol revolves around the whole thing. And we would see in tournaments, car parks full of cars, and people have bought, pots of ready made lamb and chicken, and with bottles of whiskey. And all the supporters
are getting kind of paraletic Even sometimes often before
the match has started. – I think in traditional
wrestling there use to be quite a few you could get,
you could quite possibly get a hundred wrestlers. But again depending on
where it was in the country, if it was somewhere remote then obviously you get a lot less. It was just thousands of
people, we didn’t know what to expect obviously, but obviously
my dad didn’t tell us anything, we were just going to go and wrestle. And it was on grass, so
completely different feeling, completely different audience, just outside and let’s get on with this. – And the difference about
the mela is you get rewarded with money, so when I won,
it’s called a patka. They have like a turban,
and the turban’s one of, for sikhs is a big respect,
so they give you a turban and in the turban there’s money tied up. You walk around, you do
like a lap of honour, so you do a lap of honour and
everyone’s giving you money, and the whole reason they’re
giving you that money, is not more than anything,
it’s an old way of saying well done, you know, well
done you performed well here you go, it’s like a gift. – 16 was the first
experience of actually going to a kabaddi tournament,
and challenging any wrestler to wrestle, or
any person to wrestle me, in a kushti style, kushti
rules and I just turned up and they announced my name
and announced my weight and whoever challenged
me, and I had a challenge and it was pretty shocking at first, to see what would happen to me at first as I was getting slapped
about which I didn’t expect, it was a bit of a nasty surprise, but as soon as I got
the guy on his back it was a very very quick
and they stopped the match and said I won, I was
very shocked to see that, cause normally in mat
wrestling you have to hold him three seconds, I literally just put him on his back and won. And that sense was a positive
experience cause I won, and I was getting money
from random people, who were heavily influenced by alcohol, which is typically the norm you could say, walking around proud
getting money which is a very happy feeling at 16 years old winning about £150. – Get more experience in training, there had to come to
freestyle wrestling clubs in London or Birmingham,
or in the Midlands or in Manchester. And they combined and
they improved their skills from the freestyle to wrestling
all these tournaments. – First I use to live in Wolverhampton, and there was no club nearby I use to go to Birmingham 20 miles away. Up and down travelling, one hour then spending
two or three hours there then coming home late. After that 1980 I moved to Slough, we built our own club here,
myself and Ranjit Sandhu, and few other friends get together We started with grassroots club wrestling, we worked very hard. We always went to London
and other far away places to learn, and I wanted to make it local for those who were interested. There was a time there was only me and my son left on the
mat, there was no interest. But then we persevered
and now we’ve got 50 people in our junior class
and 30 in our senior. – Particularly at the Slough club, and a club in Birmingham
they managed to develop quite strong team and
two particular athletes from Birmingham who they’ve
competed for Great Britain on the mat, and they’ve
competed in the Olympic games. They were very successful as
well in the Panjabi wrestling. – [Narrator] Go back about 10,
15 years, you wouldn’t get, in my eyes I don’t think
you would get sikh families pushing sikh girls to go
into wrestling as a sport. But I don’t really see it, but now, it’s changing now, lot of
sikh families are pushing their daughters, their
girls to get into wrestling and I think it’s fantastic. I was just saying – Well why can’t girls wrestle? And then I ask my mum,
she says oh we can talk to the coach, so we talk
to the coach and he said well you can join in but
I would only join you with the warm up for now. But then I didn’t like
that I wanted to be part of the whole class, so then
I started researching clips of female wrestlers and
then I was like oh wow I want to do that and I want
to win gold in competitions. – [Narrator] Now when that
film came out, Dangal, recently, there’s a big increase
of girls, women in wrestling in India. We’ve also had a few in
Wolverhampton as well. So they watch the film, you
know, they get really excited, yeah we want to do some
of that we want a medal. – Yeah I guess cause like, at school boys are scared of me. Before boys use to like, they
take the mick out of you, tease you, and now no one says anything to me. – In India Panjabi wrestling,
it has obviously died out. So wrestling itself is expanding, but the old traditional
kushti type of wrestling, it is decreasing, because
there’s not a lot of limelight towards it, with Olympic
style wrestling mat, you’ve got a lot of more, you’ve got so many more famous wrestlers. – Pehlwani wrestling is basically,
I would say is a bit of a more of a slow wrestle, and it’s technique but it’s more based on
strength and endurance. Where you go to freestyle on the mat, that’s more of a fast,
it’s a point system, you know, you have to
depend on speed, technique, power, stamina, the bouts
are shorter in time length and you get a bit of a rest,
so it’s more explosive. – I personally think Pehlwani
wrestling is arguably boring, compared to freestyle wrestling match. Pehlwani match can go on for three hours and that can just consist
of two wrestlers just slapping each other on the neck and nothing actually happening. Where as freestyle
wrestling is very fast pace, very action based, technical based, its just fantastic to watch. – [Narrator] We’re always going
to have it in our culture, and we’re always going to
do it, but as taking it to the next level, due to like, you know the mat wrestling, the
Olympics , its sort of over shadowing the old Pehlwani style. – There not much difference,
I did it here mats. You know went to the club, various clubs, and not much different, you
get use to it in a few days. What I don’t understand
is this wrestling here, they lower down, they bend down too much, I don’t know why they do that. They do like that, why they do that? Tell me why. Gama was wrestling like
that, he stand like that. I don’t know why they go down like that. I’ll come to your club one day, and I show you and you do any wrestling? – [Man] Yeah I do it yeah. – Okay, I’ll teach you a few things. (instrumental music)

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