Traditional Iranian Martial Arts (Varzesh-e Pahlavani)

Timeline - Islamic Era

We mark the start of this era from the rise of Islam in Iran. Up to this period of the Iranian history the school of Pahlavani was merely an academy of physical training. However, with introduction of Islam to Iran and its school of Shi'sm some four hundred years later during the Safavid Dynasty, new enriching dimensions were added to Varzesh-e Pahlavani. These dimensions were philosophy and spirituality of Islam. Sufism was the medium for these dimensions to express themselves.

The above image shows the famous Seal of Sufism. We will adopt this portrait as the icon representing the traditional Iranian martial arts in the Islamic Era.

Major Pahlavans during period 650 - 1450

Major Pahlavans during period 1450 - 1795

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