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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Desi Pehalwan

Pehlwani is the style of wrestling popular in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It was developed in the Mughal Era throgh a synthesis of native malla-yuddha and Persian Varzesh-e Pahlavani.A practitioner of this sport is referred to as a Pehlwan, or a Pahalwan.

The introduction of the some famous  DESI PEHALWANS are give below with reference of http://en.wikipedia.org/).

Gama Pehalwan was born in 1880, as Ghulam Muhammad in Amritsar. He was also known as Rustam-e-zaman Gama Pehalwan and the Lion of Punjab. He was a famous wrestler and started his career at the age of ten when he participated in a strongman competition in Jodhpur for the first time.

Gama won the Indian version of the World Heavyweight title on the 15th of October, 1910. Till now he is the only wrestler in history who remained undefeated throughout his career that spanned for more than 50 years. After Partition of India he migrated to Pakistan and lived in Lahore till his death.

Bholu Pahalwan real name Haji Manzoor Hussain born 1922 in Amritsar, India, was an illustrious Pakistani wrestler and the very first wrestling champion of Pakistan. He was the eldest son of Indian champion Imam Baksh and the successor of the Great Gama Pahalwan. The initial part of his wrestling career was spent in the pre-partition India. In Pakistan he was generally known as the elder brother of a wrestling group called The Bholu Brothers comprising of himself and his four younger brothers, Azam , Aslam, Akram and Goga. One of his younger brothers, the second eldest son of Imam Baksh known as Hussain alias Hassu was not a part of the Bholu Brothers team of wrestling. He only wrestled as an amateur.
Bholu was one of the most popular wrestler of 1950’s. His name has been recorded in the annals of wrestling. Bholu originates from a family of renowned wrestlers of Kashmiri origin from the Punjab in Northwestern India. He lived in Amritsar till age 9. Then during one of his school holidays Bholu moved to Patiala to visit his father who was a serious wrestler. During the same year Bholu started his wrestling career in Radhanpur under the guidance of Hamida Pahalwan Rehmaniwala, real name Abdul Hamid Al Maroof Rehmani, who was an official wrestler of that state. In 1935, at age 13 Bholu made his first appearance in a wrestling contest at Lahore.

Aslam Pahalwan started his wrestling career as the pupil of Hamida Pahalwan and also the Great Gama of India. Aslam is one of the unbeatable wrestlers that the art of traditional wrestling produced when it flourished in India during the past.
His exercise routine was similar to that of his elder brother Bholu Pahalwan. He trained twice a day, relying mostly on basic Pahalwani exercises, such as bodyweight exercises like the Indian Pushups called dands and squats known as baithaks in the regional language, Or other ancient workouts like the Indian weight training with stones called nals and heavy clubs exercise known as Joris to increase strength, stamina and flexibility. A high-calorie and nutritious diet was a must to sustain bodyweight after a strenuous workout. He usually consumed an entire goat during a single meal.
Aslam started wrestling during 1940s. He commenced his career by participating in tournaments held mostly in the Punjab, but he also competed in games held in other parts of India. His first wrestling match was in Amritsar against Bala Pahalwan of India.

Akram Pehalwan was initially trained in Lahore as a student of Gama Pahalwan of Pakistan. Akram actually started his wrestling career in 1953 as he toured the East African countries. East African public named him “The Lion” when he wrestles with the Ugandan wrestlers and the Gigantic wrestlers of Kampala. He also defeated the heavyweights of Kenya during the same year. Akram defeated the leading wrestler Mahindar Singh in Nairobi, capital of Kenya.
In 1968 in America he lost a match against the Honolulu champion, Antal Haiti. He also injured his left arm in a match with Big Bill Verna. In 1976, when the Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki fought with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match to a draw, the Bholu brothers, who claimed to be the world champions, slated Akram to fight Inoki. However on the day of this match, Pahalwan lost to Inoki. Inoki put a chicken wing armlock on Akram and his left arm broke under the submission hold. Akram's status fell in his country. The loss against Inoki, bought an end to his career. Akram died on 12 April 1987.
Goga Pahalwan (Billed height 5’11” ---Billed weight 220 lbs ) was a part of the Bholu Brothers group of professional wrestling comprising of Bholu Hassu, Azam, Aslam, Akram, and Goga himself. Goga actually started his career in 1960 starting with the Indian tour and traveled with other Bholu Brothers to wrestle in some Major Indian cities. Before that he only indulged in amateur conflicts in Pakistan. After arrival in Kolhapur the Bholu Brothers issued challenge to the Indian Wrestlers. Gunpat Andarakar aka “Hind. Kesri’’, the reigning Indian Champion accepted their challenge and demanded a match with Aslam Pahalwan who was comparatively bigger and stronger than the other Bholu Brothers. However, Goga, who was looking for an opportunity to fight stepped forward and insisted on fighting the champ in place of his elder brother Aslam. The members of the Bholu’s management tried to stop him from fighting Andarakar because he had already beaten some of the big names in wrestling. Bholu favored his younger brother’s decision, keeping in view his ambition. The 1961, Goga Pahalwan versus Gunpat Andarakar feud begins in Kolhapur. This was a no time limit, no draw, must win type of contest that was to continue until one wrestler loses or submits. This was one of the most difficult feuds of Goga’s wrestling career because the opponent was much larger and stronger than him. The highly physical match commenced between these headstrong grapplers for 55 minutes. Ganpat Andarakar tried his best to overpower Goga by his size and strength but Goga managed to survive and wins the match. He receives a prize of Rupees ten thousand and a heavy traditional Indian wrestling trophy known as Gurz as a reward for his victory against Andarakar. The members of the Bholu’s management performed the traditional ritual of Dastar Bandi to celebrate the victory. During this wrestling tour Goga fell in love with an Indian lady and got married.
He is the only member of the Bholu Brothers wrestling team who never gave up active wrestling in his lifetime. Goga was accidentally killed in Gujranwala City on 6th Feb 1981 by a flying drop kick delivered by Nasir Bholu during an exhibition bout.
JHARA Pahalwan (real name: Zubair, died 11 September 1991) was a well known professional wrestler in Pakistan. He belongs to a prominent wrestling family. He was the Pakistani Champion of the past era. He was a powerhouse of wrestling like his father Aslam Pahalwan. He was also a master of the art of mud-wrestling like his uncle Bholu Pahalwan. He possessed speed and fast reflexes like Bholu. He was trained in wrestling by different wrestlers including Arshad Bijli. The private residence and training center of Jhara Pahalwan were in the neighborhoods of Pir Makki.
During his early days Jhara fought his initial wrestling match against Zawar Multani in the city of Multan. He defeated Multani twice. He also participated in some free style wrestling matches in Pakistan and abroad. He drew a match with the Japanese wrestling champion Antonio Inoki in a controversial encounter in 1979.

Jhara died of heart failure. At that time of death he was in his middle age.

He started his fighting from an Indian Pahlawan who Defeated his uncle bholu pahalwan. Jhara challenge him to make another fight with him and in this fight he defeated Indian Phalwan. The fight was held with in two months. He won his first fight. More he having a world record. which was that he started his international wresling in the age of just only 16 year. His height was 6'.2" and weight was nearly 96kg.

Nasir Bholu (born 1960), is a retired Pakistani professional wrestler and the last surviving member of the "Bholu Brothers" wrestling team. He belongs to the Gama Wrestling family. Nasir Bholu was a wrestler during the 1980’s. He debuted in wrestling by defeating Yasir Ali of U.A.E. in November 1979. His complete professional record in not available yet, but he mostly wrestled in Pakistan and the Middle East during his short career as a wrestler. In 1982 he won the Asian championship by beating David Stalford in Bangladesh.
Due to his wrestling abilities, Antonio Inoki offered him to train in Japan but this idea was opposed by his elders and hence rejected. In 1990 Nasir completely left professional wrestling hence bringing an end to the era of Bholu brothers. Nasir Bholu currently resides in Lahore. He is not directly involved in wrestling but runs gyms and does business with China.

In 1981 Goga Pehlwan was accidentally killed by Nasir Bholu's flying drop kick during a friendly fight.
In 1991 Nasir Bholu did his sole acting role in the Punjabi movie Chitan.

Bashir Bhola Bhala Pehalwan  Now-a-days Bashir Bhola Bhala is Rustam-e-Pakistan.
(Bashir Bhola Bhala has won the title of Rustam-e-Pakistan by defeating Hamid Pehalwan of Multan in Punjab Stadium)

World Wrestling Entertainment’s The Great Khali accepts challenge of Pakistani wrestler Bashir Bhola Bhala


WWE’s Indian import ‘The Great Khali’ has been challenged for fight by Pakistani wrestler Bashir Bhola, which the US-based superstar has promptly accepted. Khali, the over seven-feet tall grand slam attraction, said from the United States that he would like to see Pakistan and India wrestling matches.

Bashir, a scion of the famous Gama family of wrestlers in Punjab, put out the challenge to Khali after winning the Sher-e-Punjab title last month in which the best wrestlers from the country participated. “I want to fight Khali anywhere he wants. I am ready to go to America or England and even India if he is ready to fight me. This is my challenge to him,” Bashir said after the title win in Lahore.

Khali said he had no problem accepting a challenge from anyone if he was worth his salt. “I would first advise the Pakistani wrestler to go and first fight my brothers in India and then think about me But if he is so keen he can come anytime and fight me in the states or anywhere in the world,” Khali said.

He said if Bashir wanted to fight free style he can come to the WWE and if he wanted a desi style wrestling he should look at India. Khali said like cricket and hockey wrestling can be promoted if Pakistan and India had regular matches. “We have talent in both countries but they need to be trained in free style wrestling and modern techniques. They need to train in modern way and remain fit. And the only way this can be done is by going to some European country or the U.S and training there,” Khali said. There is a big fan following for the Punjabi Indian wrestler as the WWW fights are closely followed on television in Pakistan. The last time a Pakistani wrestler fought an international wrestler in a challenge match was in 1979 in Lahore when Zubair Jhara of the Bholo family clan challenged and defeated Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki.

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