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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 06/25/15

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WORLD EGGTHROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM ENGLAND!





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   The World Egg Throwing Federation is based at Swaton, in the county of Lincolnshire, England. This ancient village has stood on this ground since before Roman times. The occupying army created a canal that ran from Lincoln to Cambridge which was fed by, and crossed, by the River Eau at Swaton. Much of the canal is still extant today. The village is mentioned in the Dooms Day book of 1068 as possessing a moated site. It’s known that this small village had a market, its own gibbet and the Church is considered to be one of the finest in England. The first female Sherriff of Nottingham is buried here.
   The organised sport of Egg Throwing is thought to date back to at least 1322 when the newly appointed Abbot took possession of the Parish of Swaton by royal decree. It is said that he was the only person to own chickens and ensured the attendance at church of his peasant by providing them alms of one egg for each attendee. However, when the River Eau flooded, preventing people getting to church, the monks would hurl the eggs over to the waiting peasants. It’s also said that when the flood was even wider that they used small trebuchets to get that extra distance required. It is from these humble beginnings that the sport of egg throwing started and has been played ever since in the village.








   The World Egg Throwing Federation was set up in 2004 in order to regulate Egg Throwing as a number of variations of the sport have come into existence, including nefarious use of eggs in political demonstrations. From its formation the Federation has been joined by local and national groups that practice the sport, and now acts as a central body, offering advice, ideas and as organiser of the annual world championships. Its aims and policies have been adopted by many as the sport continues to grow in popularity and in doing so the Federation raises thousands of pounds for local, nationals and international charities.

Disciplines
   Sport egg throwing comprises of the following disciplines;-Egg Throwing.
-Egg Static Relay.
-Egg Target Throwing
-Russian Egg Roulette
-Egg Trebuchet Challenge


Egg Throwing   This comprises of a two-person team, the winner is the team who can throw and catch an egg over the greatest distance. The team start off 10 metres apart. After each throw each member will move further apart. The team members alternate their throwing and catching roles after each throw.
    A successful toss allows progression onto the next round and is adjudged when the egg is moved between players without breakage or touching the ground.
    A catcher may not move from his start position until the egg to be caught is in the air en route to that catcher.
    Where more than 1 team is successful the players move backwards to a designated spot and repeat with the roles reversed until a winner is identified.
    Where more than 1 team is successful the distance is extended.
    Where no team completes a successful toss at a distance then the throw is repeated, on a knock out basis until a team, or teams achieves success.
    The team that manages a successful toss of the greatest distance is judged to be the winner.
   There are two events; all comers and "under 13"








Egg Static Relay

     A team consists of 11 players.
    Each player stands at a predetermined mark along a route 100 metres long.
    Players may not move more than 5 metres from their mark.
    Upon the start signal a packet of 12 eggs is passed, egg-by-egg, from player to player until the final team member has collected successfully all 12 eggs.
    Eggs must travel individually.
    Where a breakage occurs a 3 second penalty is added to the time.
    The competition is held in heats with a play off to decide the championship title.

Egg Target Throwing

    A selected (volunteer) target is placed 24 feet forward from the throw line in front of a safety net to prevent overthrow.
    The thrower is provided with 4 eggs
    The thrower must warn the target that he a throw is about to commence and receive acknowledgement before each throw.
    Eggs are hurled at the target.
    Points are awarded for strikes on specific areas.
    Eggs that do not break upon impact with the target or rear safety net may be re-thrown.
    If an egg falls outside the safety net area or throw line the thrower is disqualified.

Russian Egg Roulette

    Individual challenge against an opponent on a knock out basis
Players sit opposite each other, across a table.
    Each player wears a provided head bandana for protection. In appropriate bandanas may not be worn.
    The toss winner decides whether to go first or second.
    A tray containing 6 specially selected eggs will be proffered. 5 hard-boiled, 1 raw.
    Each player takes it in turn to select one and then smash the egg onto his or her own fore head until one-player finds the raw one.
   The finder of the raw egg loses the game or match.
   Inspired by one Montegue Blister of Strange Games





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Egg Trebuchet   A team of (at least) 2 players construct a gravity powered machine based upon the ancient trebuchet design. The base of the legs is restricted to 2 square metres (outriggers may protrude beyond this). The power source must be contained within a 9 litre container. Team member 1 targets a set distance. Team player number 2 becomes the target and positions self at that set distance. When the trebuchet releases the egg projectile team player number 2 may move from his start point. Points are awarded for striking the target. Additional points are received is the target catches the projectile unbroken. 3 eggs are provided for each distance. In the event of a tie a different distance is set until a winner is identified. PPE will be worn.


WETF Egg Throwing Rules
All competitors must be aware of the following generic rules:

1. Team members will be provided with protective clothing that must be worn when taking part in the competition. Eye protection goggles will be available.

2. Eye injuries are possible if struck by an egg. Players must be aware of the potential for harm. Eggs thrown in a reckless manner towards unprepared players or others may result in disqualification.

3. In order to reduce the risk of infection from of avian flu or subsequent shortage, all eggs will be stockpiled during the preceding 6 months to guarantee that they are free from any virus.

4. All eggs will come from organically fed, free range, sustainable and happy sources.









            5. The organiser will supply all eggs used. They will be marked for security purposes and required to be broken by the heat or final winner, to prove that they have not been switched or tampered with, at the conclusion of each heat or final.

6. Players are not permitted to use any physical, hand held or worn aid when catching or throwing eggs. Aids include any kind of glove, net, propelling instrument (mechanical or otherwise), stick or any other object that gives and unfair advantage to the team.

   As a responsible sporting governing body, we have banned the use of performance enhancing drugs, including doping agents. Any competitor may be subject to drug testing, people may be chosen at random, or targeted in the case of any allegations. We reserve the right to give any competitor a drug test, and in case of refusal, the competitor may be disqualified. Swaton Micro Brewery “Happy Jack” real ale is a permitted and indeed recommended, substance.






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All competitors must be aware of the following generic rules:1. Team members will be provided with protective clothing that must be worn when taking part in the competition. Eye protection goggles will be available.

2. Eye injuries are possible if struck by an egg. Players must be aware of the potential for harm. Eggs thrown in a reckless manner towards unprepared players or others may result in disqualification.

3. In order to reduce the risk of infection from of avian flu or subsequent shortage, all eggs will be stockpiled during the preceding 6 months to guarantee that they are free from any virus.

4. All eggs will come from organically fed, free range, sustainable and happy sources.

5. The organiser will supply all eggs used. They will be marked for security purposes and required to be broken by the heat or final winner, to prove that they have not been switched or tampered with, at the conclusion of each heat or final.

6. Players are not permitted to use any physical, hand held or worn aid when catching or throwing eggs. Aids include any kind of glove, net, propelling instrument (mechanical or otherwise), stick or any other object that gives and unfair advantage to the team.

   As a responsible sporting governing body, we have banned the use of performance enhancing drugs, including doping agents. Any competitor may be subject to drug testing, people may be chosen at random, or targeted in the case of any allegations. We reserve the right to give any competitor a drug test, and in case of refusal, the competitor may be disqualified. Swaton Micro Brewery “Happy Jack” real ale is a permitted and indeed recommended, substance.



KIRKPINAR-OIL WRESTLING FROM TURKEY!







    Kırkpınar is a Turkish oil-wrestling (Turkish: yağlı güreş) tournament. It is held annually, usually in late June, near Edirne, Turkey since 1346.
    Before each bout, the wrestlers pour olive oil over their entire bodies, and the matches take place in an open, grassy field, with the contestants naked except for trousers made of leather, which extend to just above the knee. Victory is achieved when one wrestler either pins the other to the ground (as in many other forms of wrestling) or lifts his opponent above his shoulders.
    It now holds a Guinness World Record for the longest running sports competition.








History

    Oldest known evidenceThe history of oil wrestling links straight back to 2650 BC with evidence both from Ancient Egypt, Assyria and around. The Babylonian body of evidence, a tiny bronze, excavated near the Chafadji-temple. It is as clear as plain day-light that the bronze concern oilwrestlers: both athletes are pictured with oilvessels on their head.
    The oldest known proof of the existence of oil-wrestling in Ancient Egypt is found in limestone from the tomb of Ptahhoteb near Saqqara from the fifth dynasty (about 2650 BC) from the same period as the Chafadji-bronze.








    Another appealing proof is about 4000 years old and painted like a cartoon in a tomb near Beni Hasan in Egypt. The deceased, who occupied this tomb must have been a famous oil-wrestler in his time.
    On the first picture, greasing of the wrestler and the oil stored in a reed stem is seen. After that, the wrestling starts. The pictures could have been taken yesterday during a Kırkpinar. The last picture down shows the unchanged three step triumph of oiled wrestling. From this period we can trace the basic rules.
    Centuries later, the Persians conquest Egypt and Persian shah-kings occupied the throne of the Pharaoh's.








Oil-wrestling in Iran

    The history of the oil-wrestling tournaments as we know today links back to the Persian Mythical Era, which, according to Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, started 1065 BC. The legendary pehlivan of this era is called Rostam, a hero constantly saving his country from the evil forces.
    The ceremonial start of oil-wrestling, called by its Persian name "Peshrev" has clear links with old Iranian institutes as the zurkhane, literally "house of strength". The building consists of a court, around which the men, who will perform, arrange themselves, and a gallery for the ostad ("master") or morshed (spiritual leader) and the musicians. Nowadays, the musical accompaniment consists of a drum and recitation of portions of Ferdowsi's Shahname. There are various rhythms employed, and a variety of movements associated with them, including displays of strength in manipulating heavy objects (such as weights and chains) and acrobatics.










    Here the origin of the peshrev has to be found, by some considered to be a warming up and greet-the-audience ceremony, to others a participatory form of dance. Certain different from the usual step-right, step-left, step-right, kick-left, step-left, kick-right dance found all over the area.

Oil-wrestling for Sultan and Shah

    During the period Islam was brought into Asia Minor, spirituality and philosophy became part of the physical garment of the pehlivan. Oil-wrestling was established as a sport on its own. In Iran and the Ottoman Empire alike wrestling became the national sport. In Iran, wrestling grew to the customary institution of the zurkhane strong house, where people go to socialise and engage in athletic exercise. The wrestler is the strong-man in popular culture (in Persian the term is "big neck"), but he is also the pahlavan, the knightly hero, who is a free-living spirit and is generous and loyal.









    The year 1360 is adapted by the organizers of the Edirne Kırkpınar as date Ottoman soldiers started to organize annual oil-wrestling tournaments in Kırkpınar, a wrestling field "within Samona village". According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this legend made the Kırkpınar world's oldest continuously sanctioned sporting competition.
The last bout between the two finalists lasted all night as neither was able to defeat the other. They were found dead the next morning, their bodies still intertwined. They were buried underneath a nearby fig tree, whereupon their comrades headed to conquer Edirne.
    After the conquest, the soldiers came upon another fig tree, surrounded by a crystal-clear spring, so they renamed the surrounding meadow (which until then had been known as Ahirköy) Kırkpınar, which translates from Turkish as "forty springs" or "forty sources".









    To commemorate the heroism of the conquering warriors, a wrestling tournament was re-enacted annually at this site, and the oldest still-contested sanctioned sporting competition in the world began
    Whatever tales, myths and stories. There has always been a common respect for the oil-wrestlers. The pehlivan is being stronger than anybody, having a well built body, clothed in heavy leather pants. Up till today, the wrestlers pour olive oil onto their bodies. And still you see a younger wrestler defeating an older wrestler kiss the older wrestler's hand.










    In 1590, a peace agreement was reached between Murat III and the Persian Shah. The model of the wrestling pants go back to this period. The model is still same for the Iranian "pahlivan" and the Turkish "pehlivan", except that the Turkish wrestling pants are made of leather and are called "kispet", while the Iranian pahlivan wears a "pirpet", made of silk.
    Famous wrestlers from Iran came to Istanbul to compete with the Ottoman champions, and the Turkish champs were invited to Persia to show their strength










Collecting Strong Men

    Before 1582, all recruits came from prisoners of war, the devsirme, or other slave sources. With that devsirme, the very best and strongest guys were recruited from all the provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Only the strongest and most healtiest boys had a chance to become a pehlivan. Always known to be free enough to be honest and through history trusted for his words and behaviours.









    Everywhere in the Ottoman Empire were wrestling championships held. Every city and village had its annual wrestling, like nowadays. Wrestling occurred in a variety of contexts, including social and ceremonial events. There was wrestling on religious festival days, during special evenings of the Muslim fasting-month of Ramadan, on agricultural events, circumcisions and weddings. On special occasions, charity wrestling competitions were organized outside the palaces. Only the best wrestlers were accepted in training to become members of the elite Janissary Corps.








Oil-wrestling for French Impératrice Eugenie

    When the Ottoman sultan visited France in 1867, oil-wrestlers were part of his entourage and Impératrice Eugenie visited the wrestling-tournament. Wrestling was tough, but oil-wrestling was even harder. It was considered the most difficult sport in the world. In these days, the expression "Fort comme une Turc" (strong as a Turk) revived from the crusade-days.
   During a year, about 300 different oil-wrestling games are held in Turkey. They host 10 million spectators on average.




Statue of past champions



Introduction of Time

    Until 1975, there was no time limit to wrestling in Kırkpınar. The pehlivans would wrestle sometimes one, sometimes two days, until they could establish superiority to one another. Wrestling games would go on from 9a.m. in the morning until dusk and the ones that could not beat each other would go on the next day. After 1975, wrestling was limited to 40 minutes in the baspehlivan wrestling category. If there is no winner within these limits, the pehlivans wrestle for 15 minutes with the score recorded. The ones that can score points in this last period are accepted as the winners. In other categories, the wrestling time is limited to 30 minutes. If there is no winner, 10 minutes of score wrestling follows.

Oil Wrestling in Other Parts of Europe and The World

    The "Mother of All Sports" came in 1997 for the first ever to Western Europe, when the European Champions League were held in Amsterdam. No less than 22 television teams covered the event, and scenes from the Amsterdam Kırkpınar were shown at CNN and the BBC alike.




Some of the musical entertainment



    The 2nd European Oil-Wrestling Championship held in Amsterdam had already a final with 42 wrestlers from Turkey, the Netherlands and other European countries. Winner was Cengiz Elbeye, Edirne Kırkpınar oil-wrestling champion. Addressing the ceremony held upon the start of the matches, Erkut Onart, the Turkish Consul General in the Netherlands, said that he believed the friendship between the Turkish society and the European countries is intensified when these kinds of cultural values are brought to Europe.
    In the world of oil-wrestling, Amsterdam became the most important annual after Edirne.










    Oil-wrestling is a growing sport, not limited to Turkey only. However, it is difficult for foreign wrestlers to enter this National Turkish Championship. In 2000, Dutch oil-wrestler Melvin Witteveen's entry in Edirne was rejected, while Kadir Yilmaz, beaten by Witteveen some weeks earlier at the Amsterdam Kırkpınar, was allowed to participate due to his double Turko-Dutch nationalities.
    As the winners of the categories of the Amsterdam Kırkpınar in Holland are considered to be European Champions, this creates the strange fact that according international standards the Amsterdam Kırkpınar tops Edirne, as latter being the National championship of Turkey only, repudiating non-Turkish entries.
    The event attracted little attention outside of Turkey until the 1990s, when the style of wrestling began to spread to Western Europe. It has become particularly popular in the Netherlands, which now hosts its own annual version of the tournament, attracting participants from throughout Europe. Yağlı güreş wrestling matches are also held in Japan.